Thursday, June 13, 2013

Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom by Micaela Morrisette

2. Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom by Micaela Morrisette

Another Tor. com short story or "novelette."

Summary:

A sentient slime mold can't keep his pet human from rutting with the neighbors' pets and feral humans.

My Thoughts:

I wonder if merely switching the roles of humans and animals in society is a "novum"* or a mere costume-change.

I think the novum, or estranging device, in this story might be methods of reproduction. In the story, animals (including bacteria) reproduce asexually, while humans remain sexual, in order to maintain their evolutionary inferiority.

*Novum means "strange newness" It is the term that sf critic Darko Suvin uses to denote the device of estrangement in an sf novel.

Favorite Quotes:

"She had a big bathtub shaped like a conch shell that Tim could fill with different human-safe soaps so the taps spilled out warm bubbling water in just the right combination of perfumes and cleansers."

"Something enormous and heavy and wet welled up in Tim, a huge choking bubble, a balloon full of dead, empty air."

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