“Rain Ship” by Chi Hui is interesting, but also awkward. It relies a lot on footnotes to tell, don't show, about the culture of the sentient rodents the story is about. Like, it tells is they have four fingers on each paw—and then uses the human convention of the raised middle finger? All the language is very human. Another example: The footnotes just apologize for using kilometers, instead of giving the reader an idea how this culture actually thinks. Meh. Maybe at least the story will be cool?

The story cared only occasionally about the rodent particularities, mostly it just needed something vaguely familiar to come after humanity for the three final sentences, and an (evolutionarily implausible) justification for the infanticide which some plot is built around. Still, overall not too bad.

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