A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers

A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers

Alyssa Wong / Jan 22, 2020

A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers Hannah and Melanie sisters apart and together Weather workers Time benders When two people so determined have opposing desires it s hard to say who will win or even what victory might look like This

  • Title: A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers
  • Author: Alyssa Wong
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  • Hannah and Melanie sisters, apart and together Weather workers Time benders When two people so determined have opposing desires, it s hard to say who will win or even what victory might look like This stunning, haunting short story from rising star Alyssa Wong explores the depth and fierceness of love and the trauma of family.

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      • Alyssa Wong

        Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows She was a finalist for the 2016 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her story, Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers, won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story and the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor, among others.


    1. The day my sister ended the world, the sky opened up in rain for the first time in years, flooding the desert wash behind our house. The snakes drowned in their holes and the javelinas stampeded downstream, but the water overtook them, and the air filled with their screaming as they were swept awayis is good spiky stuff for your feeling-parts's a family story, and there's magical stuff and a kind of time travel or time manipulation, but despite the bravado of a child: It was simple, Melanie had [...]

    2. Hands-down, totally gorgeous, kick you in the crotch, will not dare to pretend you're a stupid reader, DANGEROUS story.I love it!There are way too few stories like this, full of heart and anger and frustration flowing incomprehensibly from either hyperbole or from gigantic world-destroying energies and permutations of time travel and godlike powers. Could be just one. Could be both. Who knows? From one way to read it, it could just be a pair of very volatile sisters that FEEL life so strongly, s [...]

    3. I read this for free over at Tor. This is the second short story I have read by this author and I really like the way she writes. It appeals to me on an emotional level. Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers was more creepy horror, while this one has a sad, longing sci-fi vibe to it. Sci-fi or fantasy, not sure. The two sisters have "abilities." They can control the weather and literally the fabric of reality and time travel. One of the sisters dies and the other spends her time trying to go back [...]

    4. Another one of the Hugo short-story finalists. A beautifully written, abstract tale of different possibilities, choices, and the inevitableness of some outcomes no matter which path we choose.“If I could knit you a crown of potential futures like the daisies you braided together for me when we were young, I would. ”Two sisters can manipulate time and space. When one commits suicide, the other plays with her abilities and tries to change this, but no matter what she does, the final result is [...]

    5. Wow. Another free story, again from Alyssa Wong and again a powerful story that sucks you up from the first line until the last. This author is really good at making you feel all the feels in a short amount of time!This was not a horror story per se (unlike the first by this author that I read only a couple of minutes ago) but what the MC went through, emotionally, was definitely horrific in its own way. The world-building is very nice and so are the characterizations.

    6. This is sort-of a fantasy story, maybe. But it's more of an exploration of the aftermath of a suicide, the mental state where someone grieving the loss of a loved one goes through all the possibilities; the "what-ifs" and the "if only I'd done something differently." We're told that the narrator and her lost sibling had special abilities; the possibility to change reality - but it's not certain that that is true. If it is, changing outcomes is certainly very 'hard' as the character says.The styl [...]

    7. I will use this as my review for every Alyssa Wong story I ever read until she gets to publish a collection at long last 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊→ Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers ← [here]This is basically one of the most terrifying stories I have read in my life. A girl uses Tinder to find dates and feed off their gross thoughts about her body. And on one date, she feasts off a murderer and becomes addicted. There's also a maybe-romance between her and her best friend and it is real [...]

    8. If I could knit you a crown of potential futures like the daisies you braided together for me when we were young, I would.I read this too fast, found it beautiful, but missed something. Read it again instantly (it's short enough).Stunned.The day my sister ended the world, the sky opened up in rain for the first time in years, flooding the desert wash behind our house. The snakes drowned in their holes and the javelinas stampeded downstream, but the water overtook them, and the air filled with th [...]

    9. The sentences are beautiful, the sentiment is strong, and the overall structure is intriguing. How can you go wrong with an opening of javelinas drowning as they try to outrun a flash flood?e air filled with their screaming as they were swept away.I was hooked. Then it was a cherry bowl of words and meanings, which I don't think I really comprehended, and probably wasn't supposed to comprehend. There's much angst and pain and frustration, all of which kept me going as a reader, although I'm not [...]

    10. There was nothing phoenix-like in my sister’s immolation. Just the scent of charred skin, unbearable heat, the inharmonious sound of her last, grief-raw scream as she evaporated, leaving glass footprints seared into the desert sand.If my parents were still alive—although they are, probably, in some iteration of the universe; maybe even this one—they would tell me that it wasn’t my fault, that no one could have seen it coming. That she did this to herself. But that kind of blame doesn’t [...]

    11. I absolutely loved this short story! It reminded me somewhat of Nova Ren Suma's style. Stunning story and BEAUTIFUL writing style.

    12. Powerful feelings written in beautiful prose. I read this as Melanie being trans, hence the actions her family and neighbors take.

    13. I like the core concept, here, the connection between the sisters and Hannah's struggle to save Melanie and the way external powers are never enough to save us from ourselves. But I felt the metaphor overwhelmed the emotional power in places, and I found myself wishing for something a little quieter, a little smaller scale. Less literal world-ending, more introspection and willingness to grapple with grief.Also, (view spoiler)[while I appreciate the subtlety with which Melanie's transness was ha [...]

    14. This was raw and full of pain.The prose is beautiful, flowing and full of emotion. The story got a little lost at points, but it was enjoyable.

    15. Interesting. Great imagery. A bit hard to follow. Feels more like an idea for a novel than a complete story. Will seek out more by Ms. Wong.

    16. Spoilers & personal info under the cut.(view spoiler)[I know that the subject matter - death of a queer woman, a trans woman, by suicide - is not neutral ground. I am the last person to want to consume queer tragedy. And the fact that the perspective we get is that of her sister, so the tragedy is actually of being traumatised by her suffering, is also something to weigh, and something not all readers may want.But at the same time, for me, the execution defends the authorial decision to go t [...]

    17. A fast-paced story about two sisters with a unique ability to rewind time then one of them dies.(view spoiler)[Reminds me of Doctor Who's "fixed" points in space-time (hide spoiler)]I found the story too confusing at first, but a few hours after my first rating the idea has settled some and I am adding another star. So in Whisky-speak "the finish is long and comes back with a vengeance the next morning"

    18. Again and again Hannah tries to save her sister and the wold from ending, and endlessly fails. The writing sucked me in from the very first paragraph and kept me completely emotionally enthralled through every single alternate timeline and twist of the tale. A powerful read.This short story is available online and was nominated for a Hugo award.

    19. Stories like this are like dragonflies skimming over water. They touch down, here, there, on a surface that is so teeming with life, but then they're gone. The pieces of this story are beautiful, tantalizing, enticing. The story told in the pieces is engrossing and hauntingbut I still want more from it. A greater lucidityough I have to wonder if that's even entirely possible, given the subject matter. But it's one of those stories that lives in the liminal borderlands between poetry and prose.It [...]

    20. “There was nothing phoenix-like in my sister’s immolation….”Really intense inquiry into the nature of time and the possibility of alternate outcomes. Good development and manic pace. Best read at a single go.“The chain frays, spread out like roots possibilities endless.”Excellent stream-of-consciousness plot line. Go with the flow. Nice cover art.“… looking for artisanal french fries.”What’s the deal with all the charred bodies? Was there a hidden criteria that this year’s [...]

    21. CN: Trans woman and suicideWow I was not expecting that when I opened this particular story. It begins with two sisters who know how to manipulate the weather. One sister ends up on the other side of the country to act and the other stays home. The other, as it turns out, is also a trans woman, and you find out in bits and pieces that her family is not supportive of this. She kills herself and the rest of the story is the sister frantically trying to stop this from happening over and over again. [...]

    22. Stunning and heartbreaking and wow. A story of two sisters constantly trying to pull one another back from the brink, and at the same time, inadvertently pushing one another towards it; a story of how difficult it is to step back from someone you love, and let them own their grief.Definitely one of the best Tor shorts I've read to date. The underlying themes claw and twist their way up from the beautiful prose. I really can't praise the subtlety of this author, and this story, enough.

    23. Astonishingly good. Brutal, beautiful, breathtaking. This was my first Alyssa Wong read, and now I'm on a hunt for everything she's ever written. I want a whole shelf full of fantasy novels written by her. A WHOLE SHELF.

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