“That Tear Problem”


Illustration by José Baetas.

“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.

Discussion Topics

  1. How does Theodoridou develop character even though there’s basically only one character?
  2. How’s the pacing?
  3. 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?

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