“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong
fantasy , sci-fi , short stories / July 30, 2017

“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong was published on March 2, 2016 by Tor.com and is nominated for the Hugo 2017 award. Summary: Hannah, the one of the two witch sisters that can control weather and bend time, tries to change the outcome of her sister’s suicidal attempt by creating alternate timelines. Analysis: The two main subjects discussed in this story is transgenderism and grief. Alyssa Wong writes about a transgender woman that was never accepted by her parents. The only thing that Melanie has is her sister but after a while she decides to end her life. However, Hannah cannot give up on her and creates new timelines where tries to save her (even sometimes by sacrificing herself)  fruitlessly. In these new timelines we learn more about their relationship and their abusive parents. Although these timelines provoke a lot of strong emotions they feel at some points repetitive and make the readers raise some questions by themselves on how this could be avoided.  

The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon
fantasy , novelette , Review / July 8, 2017

We reviewed “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon published in Apex Magazine as it is  a HUGO nominee for best novelette. Its success is that it manages to captivate the reader from the beginning despite its simple premise. In a magical world that reminds us in some aspects our world we see one old lady who is feared and respected. She puts all her affection on growing her own tomatoes until she sees one by one disappear every night. That’s when the mystery starts as we enter in a world of magical beings. This story continues after a few years after the Ursula Vernon’s first story. If the reader hasn’t read the first story may be confused about the world setting. Since we see both the names of real world cities, but magical entities as well. Therefore, we don’t know exactly what is the backstory and may not catch at the beginning the old lady’s true nature. In any case it can be enjoyed and still catch some laughs with some of her encounters. This story can be also shared with children since it doesn’t have any explicit content. However, we should mention that in some parts it would be…