“Here We Are, Falling Through Shadows” by Jason Sanford

IZ225 cover“After all, why rippers kidnapped people was the only question worth asking in today’s world.” This is how Jason Sanford’s tales work, it seems: strip the world down so that the sfnal intervention demands an answer. Like “When Thorns are the Tips of Trees”, “Here We Are …” is set in a near-future crippled by disaster. The rippers are aliens that live in darkness (“light can’t remove every shdaow”) and prey on humans, either killing them, or taking them to a terrible fate Elsewhere. Its characters are, as ever, well-sketched but cast in familiar roles, even as they are defined by Sanford’s world: the firefighter (narrator) who must go out at night, the wife who has been killed or taken by the rippers, the teenage daughter alienated (ha) as a result. In “Thorns” these elements balanced each other quite nicely; here, I think, the trick is less successful. Understanding can cast its own shadow.

3 Responses to ““Here We Are, Falling Through Shadows” by Jason Sanford”

  1. Interzone 2009 « Torque Control Says:

    […] “Here We Are, Falling Through Shadows” by Jason Sanford […]

  2. Duncan Lawie Says:

    This read to me like a sketch from The Gone-Away World.

  3. Niall Says:

    Yeah, I can see that, actually. Although without the humour.


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