Short Story Review: “Cassandra” by Ken Liu

3 of 5 stars.

It’s said that everyone’s the hero of their own story. People justify their actions, and can hide behind the explanation that they are misunderstood if disagreed with.

The philosophical minutia of this argument play out in this tale in which a “Cassandra” can see the horrible crimes the others are going to do: domestic violence, murder-robberies, mass shootings–she sees it all. And aims to stop it, before the crime is committed.

BUT, she’s using extreme means to put down these offenders that haven’t actually offended yet. That makes her the crime-doer according to the caped superhero who’s determined to stop her vigilante justice. She’s dubbed, the super-villain . . .

This tale appears in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 edited by Paula Guran, which I received directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously read this author’s “The Long Haul: From the Annuls of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009″ and “Running Shoes”




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