October 26, 2011
Chris Hawks, aka Salt-Man Z, has posted a favorable review of Writers of the Future, Vol. XXVII, including a very nice assessment of my story “The Dualist”:
“The Dualist” by Aaron Hughes — At this point, the trend seems to be that the even-numbered stories are my favorites. It wasn’t until the last couple of pages that I figured out where this story was going, and it wasn’t until the final paragraphs that I understood, and was thusly blown away. A surprisingly moving tale.
Chris goes on to list “The Dualist” as one of his five favorites in the collection. The other four in his top five include the same three stories I selected as my personal favorites in giving out Story Recommendations of the Week at the Fantastic Reviews Blog (“Maddy Dune’s First and Only Spelling Bee” by Patrick O’Sullivan, “In Apprehension, How Like a God” by R.P.L. Johnson, and “Medic!” by Adam Perin), along with John Arkwright’s “The Sundial,” which I also enjoyed very much. The apparent moral is that someone with similar tastes to mine is likely to enjoy my story, which I suppose shouldn’t be surprising, but I find it oddly gratifying.