a forum reader’s take on “Bring on the Rain”

Use of the present tense in narrative writing is generally a technique of the avant-garde, but here in “Bring On the Rain” it’s put to its use in a piece of military-oriented fiction, seeming either out of place or too much in place. Isn’t it the truth, though–there’s no hope for men at war and in the modern world where isn’t there war? I don’t think the author would dispute that his characters are war-mad. You can’t call a story pessimistic when you have nothing optimistic to compare it with, so you call it “realistic”. Yes, there’s little hope for the Earth in this one–in fact, there isn’t any. Except to say “it’s only a story”, but that doesn’t work out too well, or wouldn’t if it wasn’t sf.

Commentary on “Bring on the Rain”, from the Asimov’s forum.

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About Josh Roseman

Josh Roseman (not the trombonist; the other one) has been published in -- among others -- Asimov's, Escape Pod, and Evil Girlfriend Media. In 2015, he released his first collection, The Clockwork Russian and Other Stories, and followed it up with 2016's Memories of My Father. When not writing, he mostly complains that he's not writing. Find him online at roseplusman.com, or on Twitter @listener42.
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