Carrie Green wrote the collection of stories “Roses are Red.” It is a mix of different genres that range from horror to sci-fi to more literary fiction. This is a review of the 2nd short story, “A Lucky Human,” which was a sci-fi story. The basic premise of the story is what happens after humans can start physically connecting with humans in a sort-of symbiosis.
Does the first 1000 words show it as edited?
The entire story appeared edited, grammar-wise. The first 1000 words was technically “A Long Distance Relationship” (the horror story) which also looked edited as well.
Do I care about the characters after the first 1000 words?
In “A Lucky Human” I didn’t really care about the main character early in the story because there really wasn’t anything positive that stood out to me, however, there wasn’t anything for me to dislike about him. I did enjoy the character arc of the main character through the story and there is some growth shown.
Do I like the world building?
It was pretty good sci-fi world building for a short story. She set up the rules of the science fiction tech early in the story to be used later on so it didn’t feel like the end came out of left field. I would have liked to know a little more detail the science behind the computer-human connection.
Overall Assessment: Would I continue reading past the 1000 words?
This is an assessment of the entire story, so I read well past 1000 words. Would I want to read about what happens after the short story? I would have to say yes. I think she might have something there based on where the story ended and can see a half dozen ways she could continue the story.
Overall Story Rating: 4/5 Happy Go-Lucky Red Pandas.
One thing I would have liked seeing:
I would have preferred more description of the ship and surroundings as they boarded. I would have liked to know exactly what the environment was to get a sense of place. Maybe a little background on Earth and the situation with humanity would have added some depth and color to the story.
Q&A with Carrie Green
How long did the first draft take to write?
My short stories tend to be produced in one seating, but I always let them rest before editing, when the real nitty-gritty work of being a writer begins. I edit endlessly, consistently, so that my first drafts never see the light of day.
Did you change the ending in the middle of writing?
No, if an ending changes, it’s during the editing process, not while writing…