Short story: “Singularity”
by look i have opinions
“Singularity,” by Melanie Tem
Appeared in Crimewave 12: Hurts, 2013
A bit under 14 pages in the issue, which comes to about 5200 words
A fine, bittersweet story of friendship. I like how Crimewave deals with literary stuff like this that might not even qualify as “crime fiction”—it’s fiction about the repercussions of crimes, which is a different thing.
The physics metaphors didn’t bother me so much in this story (except when the narrator seemed to be using them to dodge responsibility), because they arose naturally from his interests. On reflection, though, they don’t add much, and they feel less organic and relevant towards the end of the piece.