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Rodney said in April 1st, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Hi Cin, I’d like to say I welcome the different spin you have put on this blog. Some of your stories that you have reviewed have let me see sci-fi in a different light. This story though, I find it hard to call science fiction. It is fiction. I first read this story in my intro to literature course in university. It was painted as solidly fiction, a fiction that dealt with the oppression of women and the repreccusions associated with it. Now you do a solid review, but I just don’t think this blog is the right venue for a story like this. It’s just my opinion and I don’t mean to detract from your other solid reviews on science fiction, but I just feel this one is out of place here.


Rusty said in April 2nd, 2011 at 4:26 pm


Thanks for your comment. Cin and I actually had a discussion about whether or not we should include this story on this blog. We finally decided to give it a try since she felt strongly about it being a great short story which our readers would probably enjoy. You are right that it is not science fiction, but we’ll be more vigilant about the types of stories we review in the future.


Cin said in April 2nd, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Thanks Rodney, and yes, I agree, this story wasn’t science fiction. It’s interesting to me that many of the stories I read are marketed as science fiction, yet in my opinion are nothing more than mere fiction. The genre of “Alternate History” falls under science fiction.. and several of the stories I have reviewed are of that genre.. but still, it’s hard for me to see it as sci-fi. The Yellow Wallpaper has been reviewed and collected in the science fiction category, that’s where I found it. I made a judgment call to review a great story. I’ll make a better judgment next time, sorry to disappoint! Thank you so much for the feedback!