When the Fathers Go by Bruce McAllister

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Title: When the Fathers Go
Author: Bruce McAllister
In: Alien Sex (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Aliens, Science fiction
Dates read: 31st October 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: ROC
Year: 1990
5th sentence, 74th page: The leaders of Business understand the risks, and in turn, the diplos of interstellar politics, the greeters and runners of interstellar R&D are all common men and women.

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What is lie? What is truth? Will she ever know how much truth Jory has shared with her and how much is a horrible, horrible lie?


This story is so incredibly confusing. Mostly because it is all about lies. Most stories, even if they feature lying are still filled with a hint as to what the truth is. This tale doesn’t have that hint of sanity about it. It’s just a mess of insanity and craziness. Something in which I just couldn’t figure out what was or wasn’t happening.

I really liked that it was difficult to figure the truths from the lies in this story. It emphasised not only just how harmful they can be, but how they can entirely change the way we view and live our lives. Especially when what starts out as a lie at the beginning of the story ends up being a truth… and vice versa.

In the little descriptor that the author wrote, there is an emphasis on the fact that lies mostly affect women. Which is why this short story has a heavy emphasis on the impacts which the husbands’ lies have on the woman. After all, she’s the one who eventually has to live with all of the fallacies built on one another.

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