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Critique: Optimist Cleaver’s Last Transmission by J. C. Hsyu

I’ve just updated my Read in 2023 page with a ‘hot take‘ review of Optimist Cleaver’s Last Transmission by J. C. Hsyu:

A courier is late for a handover, and then their night gets worse. Interesting set-up but the payoff lacked sense. It fell apart when revealed. Had some nice SF elements.

I also gave it a star review of 2/5. I am sort of uncomfortable with my score and I’d like to explore the score and the story in a bit more detail.

If you plan on reading this story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2022 issue please read the it first and then come back.

Warning: Potential Spoilers Start Here