“That Tear Problem” by Natalia Theodoridou is a science fiction short story that occupies a very internal place and ponders in the flavor of Descartes. It’s especially interesting to me because there is not a lot of action, and yet Theodoridou delivers something both poignant and funny as the character struggles.
Theodoridou is a Greek theatre scholar and fiction author. Her science fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Spark, Strange Horizons and more.
- How does Theodoridou develop character even though there’s basically only one character?
- How’s the pacing?
- Do you have a clear sense of what is going on in the piece? How does that add or detract from the character’s state of mind? How about the story as a whole? Do you wish there was more explanation?