A review for the short story “When They Come Back” by Natalia Theodoridou
First published in Crossed Genres‘s issue 22: Robots, Androids & Cyborgs (October 2014)
Summary: Men are long gone, and the only thing left are robots and angel-like creatures who are still searching for humans. A robot befriends an angel while looking for his lover.
This is an abstract story that gives bit by bit any information about a meta-apocalyptic world where android-like robots have survived. We don’t know exactly what are the angels, but apart from their fluid-shape-changing ability, we know that were faithful companion to men. Friendship, loss, grief, hope are examined through this Natalia’s work.
+ lyrical writing which suits the story well
+ various themes examined based on loss
+ imaginative world building, including the angel-like creatures
– The story’s abstractness due to its short form make us ask lots of questions (although this can have a positive side-effect since it will stick in our mind for a longer time while pondering it)