Review of “The Things That We Will Never Say” by Vanessa Fogg

Aside from the science fiction trappings, this is a portrait of an adult daughter’s relationship with her aging mother. The daughter has left home—Earth—for a distant star. She returns, braving the hyperspace travel, bringing her children for a visit with their grandma.

The daughter straddles both worlds now: her adopted home and Earth. She knows her mother will never know what it’s like to live on her world, to “To feel the gene-mods reshaping your lungs, your blood, so that you may breathe the alien air. To undergo the Kairos training and mods that allow a person to see through time.” She, on the other hand, will never know what her mother went through, a single mother, desperate and angry at the end of the Empire.

The daughter knows all this. Yet neither she nor her mother will say, “I understand.”

This was a quiet, thoughtful piece, longer than most in DSF. I gave it 6 out of 7 rocket dragons.


According to her bio, author Vanessa Fogg lives in Western Michigan, a magical land. She used to work as a research scientist in molecular cell biology and now works as a freelance medical writer, with apparent sidesteps into fantasy and science fiction.

I gave it 6 out of 7 rocket dragons.

Story published 5/25/2018 in Daily Science Fiction

Published by 9siduri

I have written book and movie reviews for the late and lamented sites Epinions and Examiner. I have book of reviews of speculative fiction from before 1900, and short works in publications such Mobius, Protea Poetry Journal, and, most recently, Wisconsin Review and Drunken Pen Writing. I'm busily working away on a book of reviews pulp science fiction stories from the 1930s-1960s. It's a lot of fun. I am the author of the short story "Always Coming Home," a chapbook of poetry titled "Sotto Voce," and a collection of reviews of pre-1900 speculative fiction, "By Firelight."

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