About a year ago, I reviewed Ray Hecht’s debut novel, South China Morning Blues. He’s written other stuff too, like a couple of short stories here and there, and his personal blog where he talks about life in China. Full disclosure, he sent me this story for free when I offered to read it and talk about it. Normally I don’t talk about short stories on this blog, but I’m making an exception here. Because this was written by a fellow blogger and I’m not used to talking about short stories, I won’t be giving a review score.
Saturnine, In Her Head, Out Of Time is a dramatic short story with a touch of science fiction. Saturnine is a recent graduate from University who’s suffering from an event she found traumatic. I won’t say anything too specifically, but it’s about a former boyfriend who seemed to just disappear. She just wants to know what happened and to say goodbye.
While surfing the internet one night, she stumbles on a new company that can give people a time travel-like experience. They can try to relive important moments in their life, but no matter how hard they try, the eventual outcome will be the same. For a while these sessions only make things worse, until near the end of the story she comes to a harsh but important realization.
It’s a very dramatic story for its length, answering the most important questions while still leaving enough open for interpretation. The idea behind the time travel experience is a fascinating one, and it doesn’t sound all that far-fetched. I think Saturnine, In Her Head, Out Of Time is still available for free on Kindle Unlimited if you’re a member of that service, or you can buy it for about $1. If this kind of dramatic story with a slight sci-fi angle interests you, this is well worth the price.
You can check out Hecht’s written work here and his blog here.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I’m honored to be your exception in short story reviews. Most of all, I’m glad that my story seemed to be successfully communicate the themes of emotional helplessness that I was going for, and just that the time-travel angle was fascinating.
(If you would also like to share your thoughts on Amazon or Goodreads, that would also be appreciated but I hope I don’t ask for too much..)
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