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Who Brought Tulips to the Moon? 12/27/07
Here I am a day late on my review. Even though I tore apart the room we're staying in at my parents' home, I didn't find the December issue. My son actually found it for me tonight by accident while he was looking for a change of underwear. Sigh.
That being said, the theme of delay is oddly appropriate for S. L. Gilbow's story "Who Brought Tulips to the Moon." The moon in some undetermined future has become the place where people go to die. The story follows Jack Hudson an his daughter and son-in-law who have brought him to Smooth Passing in Lunacy Park. He's 94, in good health to no fault of his own, and expecting to die in the next day or so.
Jack spends his last day with Susan, another soon to be passing geriatric. They spend the day drinking and talking of tulips. Gilbow uses their conversation and Mr. Hudson's observations to do some subtle world building. Although this story is about euthanasia, it is by no means a rehash of Logan's Run.
I really enjoyed this story and count it one of my favorites of this issue.
Sounds really cute :-)."