Has anyone on this comment board ever actually read SciFi? For no particular reason, I would like to hereby publicly state that while nobody I love is a dinosaur, I have no compassion for anybody else’s family, and I do an uncanny impression of a wrathful god. As with many other pieces to run through the Crucible, the element I really want to stare hard at is its structure. The only bigotry I ever see is from the educated people, especially the socialists. Congratulations on your Hugo nomination. What dinosaur would you be? This copy kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publishers. The one good thing about this horrid tripe of a story is that it’s one of the things that gave us “Sad Puppies”. Scratch marks in the ground — not unlike those made by some modern ground-dwelling birds — give us a clue that some dinosaurs probably showed off to potential mates. Amazing Reading Time Experience. Her compassion here is relentless, but it’s also a bit of her downfall, because it breaks her out of the safe space of her fantasy. Which one are you? Also, there’s no cash prize involved, just the block of lucite. I would stretch joyfully toward the sun. Many dinosaurs were quite small: Xixianykus, for example, was only about 50 centimeters (20 inches) long. In said book, a mother consoles her child through several hypotheticals where her son is some sort of animal/creature. “If you give a mouse a cookie” was more riveting and had the added advantage of having beautifully rendered pictures that catered to my apparently slavish tastes in literature. Wow, such bigotry in a story. Ignore the Philistines and the trolls, milady Swirsky. I’d lead you to them quietly, oh so quietly. We know the narrator is telling us a story, and we’re listening to it because it’s quirky and has a 5’10” T-Rex who is loved. Maybe you might not find it sad, and someone else might agree with you, but we all have different perspectives of the world and how we see things on a daily basis. People are still angry about “Equations” over fifty years later, and it took me over a year to properly understand what Hand was doing with “Flight”. Why? ( Log Out / You’d be a small one, only five feet, ten inches, the same height as human-you. I’m so happy to get something more–something richer for my mind–out of this story now. Beautiful and haunting. Clearly SciFi has evolved into the same pointless dross as modern art – a minimum amount of effort on the part of the artist looking for the maximum return. If we lived in a world of magic where anything was possible, then you would be a dinosaur, my love. The title could be altered to “If you were a man with a gun” or “If you had four other friends at the bar last night” and the main idea of “if her fiance were a more intimidating and violent force” would remain the same. Sarah Hoyt (a far better writer) was quite right about this nasty, childish little tale. Seriously? As a paleontologist lies in a coma, his fiancée tells him how things would be different if he were a Tyrannosaurus rex. If audiences wept at the melancholic beauty of your singing, they’d rally to fund new research into reviving extinct species. I feel like the childishness of it is intentional. I’ve come back to this story at least ten times since it was published. 99% Upvoted. No one has found evidence of dinosaurs giving live birth — and, just like some birds today, dinosaurs laid clutches of multiple eggs. This yarn is not drek. You, like Triceratops, have a big head. I am weeping. One of those stories that leave me wishing I had written it. I’d bring you raw chickens and live goats. This is SciFi? I was thinking that it is like The Runaway Bunny for grown-ups! And a well written and entirely correct one. He gulped it up and asked where the bathroom is. And, I make no assumption that this story vilifies working class people at all. There are two kinds of people; those who go over the wall, and those who stay behind. Criminy, what an oversensitive crowd! Are you kidding me?? A dinosaur is one of the animals and the creativity between the two is about the same. Surprising, touching and wonderful. They’d run. This story is…well, award worthy. I suppose we can expect that from works of writing. This was amazing. 1. Not only is the emperor nude, but this “story” stinks! Safe. This is beautiful. Drivel. I would totally go for a cow or something! Pulling the child by the shirt collar, she crosses the street and ducks into a grocery. They are ready to learn that there were many different kinds of dinosaurs; that some dinosaurs ate plants while others were meat eaters; and they are ready to learn a little about what the di… See whole one liner: Girl, if you were a dinosaur, you'd be a at Onelinefun.com Search in the largest collection of one liners and puns All one liners Choose by topic For special events New one liners What would you eat if you were on an island by yourself? Green chiffon would turn into leaves. My legs would be pale stems, my hair delicate pistils. Dinosaur Pick Up Lines Here you will find funny, silly and hilarious dinosaur pick up lines for teens and adults. 2.8k. My mistake. He can roll all he likes, so long as he stays there. It is magnificently beautiful. I’m a “working class” woman. What we know about him is that he’s relatively short, gentle, loved by a woman we love, fragile, lovely, and in possession of wits and charm. New issues are released every two months. And suddenly 2020 makes perfect sense, as a long game to make sure Biden doesn't get better optics on his inaugurat…. One of the most unconventional stories I have ever read, and one that pays off with infinite rewards. Not to mention that it sets up the repeated motif of establishing an image with one set of preconceived notions and then immediately providing detail that undermines them. You see, the outdated idea that dinosaurs were slow was partly due to the notion that they were likely cold blooded like modern reptiles. For those of you who say that the narrator is disturbed – perhaps that’s supposed to be the point? Rachel Swirsky, Congratulations on winning the Nebula. Trust me when I say that is utterly untrue. Congratulations to Rachel Swirsky for the deserved Nebula Award. I’m asking since you said that your university was better than theirs. What is meaningful to students at this level is exploration of the dinosaur world that once existed. Reading it again now, I have no problem seeing it as speculative fiction, and I agree with BaguetteDuSorcier’s comment. Let’s talk about that elided frame story for a moment. It’s an okay story, but it’s utterly mundane. Riveting and beautiful…I could not stop reading. I would astonish everyone assembled, the biologists and the paleontologists and the geneticists, the reporters and the rubberneckers and the music aficionados, all those people who—deceived by the helix-and-fossil trappings of cloned dinosaurs-- believed that they lived in a science fictional world when really they lived in a world of magic where anything was possible. I came to this having been primed to find drek. I found the beginning of the poem in the same vein (if not derivative) of a children’s book titled “I Love You Stinky Face”. Secondly, I’m having a hard time properly categorizing this as science fiction. If you were a dinosaur, my love, then you would be a T-Rex. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like it. Yes, a dinosaur is a unique and a “new” biological organism (depending on it’s inception to this story), but this story hardly depends on this new creature. Neither science fiction NOR a story. Review: If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love. My happiness would become petals. Well, imagine how you'd feel if you were the single member of your time-traveling expedition who happened to materialize right beneath the tail of a cramped-up Bruhathkayosaurus—and you were instantly smothered by a 300-pound load of steaming hot dinosaur poop. I’d bloom. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 76.8k Likes, 166 Comments - Eric Ochoa (@supereeego) on Instagram: “Her: Babe make me laugh for this picture Me: If you were a dinosaur you’d be a Preggosaurus …” I don’t mean to speak for him, but the meaning I took is that if the antagonists in this story were minorities from an urban area, the reaction would be very different. level 1. just now. It’s not science fiction, it’s science fiction fiction. It is told in the conditional tense, but that doesn’t ban it from the genre–if anything, that heightens its “speculative” tone. Your eyes would gaze gently from beneath your bony brow-ridge. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky is a second person POV story that works really well. I would bloom into the most beautiful flower. All I’d need would be something blue. The paleontologist’s fiancée who waits by the bedside of a man who will probably never wake. Doubting Rich, just out of curiosity, how do you know what universities the other commenters attended? The woman has a vivid premonition that the man has raped her and hooked her child on crack. “…works of writing”? Geneticists would figure out how to build a dinosaur from nothing by discovering exactly what DNA sequences code everything about a creature, from the size of its pupils to what enables a brain to contemplate a sunset. -If I were a dinosaur-Hello. Exactly, Such a great love story. I’m not sure what the negative commenters are seeing when they picture “five blustering men soaked in gin and malice” who beat up an apparently fragile-looking palentologist but I suspect it’s got more to do with their own preconceptions and with whom in the story they are identifying than what the words say. I also love that the people who are decrying this as ignorant are showing their own ignorance in their assumptions. It’s gold. OMG. Simple. Her short fiction has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including. This may have helped at some subliminal level. If you sang unrequited love songs, I’d take you on tour. share. You communicated a really lovely combination of emotion and defiance. You’d be fragile-boned and you’d walk with as delicate and polite a gait as you could manage on massive talons. These pieces really set a standard in the inrsutdy. That implies that working class normal people are drunks,play pool and are bigots. I’d stare at the two of you standing together by the altar and I’d love you even more than I do now. ... while a T. rex would pretty much pulverize you. It’s an extremely popular lullaby, and by subconsciously triggering associations with it, Swirsky is immediately lulling her readers, as it were, and invoking a sense of deep, unwavering love. Your claws and fangs would intimidate your foes effortlessly. far away. This is an opening line that does a ton of heavy lifting. In any event, a delightful, lyrical story. save. Apex Magazine is a genre zine that focuses on dark and spectacular science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Am currently working on a dream story and am stuck in plot clay. Terrific story. That wasn’t a review, it was Twitter snark. The answer will surprise you, and you will probably wonder why you were never told before. Editors Note: This is the winning entry of our 2020 Holiday Horrors Flash Fiction Contest. The story structure stumbles after this, breaking, for the first time, into a discussion of the real here and now instead of the implications of a world where her love is a dinosaur. No one who goes over the wall is... Y’all some weak people this story is not even sad come on now. But I very much don’t like it. It is a good thing Ms Swirsky was blessed with an XX Chromosome otherwise this drek would not get a second glance. I would be borrowed, too, because I’d be borrowing your happiness. This is not speculative fiction, as hard as it tries to make us think so. I was all smiles until you wrung tears from me. That was rubbish as well. Near the end, you have the *childish* “I’M GONNA KILL THEM!!! Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Apex Magazine. We’ve been hearing a story from somebody who, we now know, is a really and truly decent person to the important people in her life, and something is not right. We applaud her. They’d grasp each other for comfort instead of seizing the pool cues with which they beat you, calling you a fag, a towel-head, a shemale, a sissy, a spic, every epithet they could think of, regardless of whether it had anything to do with you or not, shouting and shouting as you slid to the floor in the slick of your own blood. This is very, very well-written. An amazing story. I have a few issues with this poem, two specifically. The person telling us an SF story is not Rachel Swirsky, it is the unnamed fiancee of the brutalized paleontologist. Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Apex Magazine. ( Log Out / They’d hide beneath the tables instead of knocking them over. Reader, Rachel Swirsky just stabbed you in the guts by breaking a pattern. Shifty Bitwise !” response to violence, followed by realizing the ethical impact of such. This so perfectly tells the story of Reginald Denny. 270 comments. Poetic, lovely, with a gut-punch of an ending. It truly is a very interesting dinosaur fact. Wanting to protect and defend somebody like that is admirable. When you couldn’t sleep, I’d sing you lullabies. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Close. Wonderful prose and a good, creative, unusual story. You could have a big head because you just got pouf'ed at the hairdresser, or because that cute barista smiled at you at Starbucks, or because you finally remembered to wear your Viking helmet to that regional sales meeting. Enjoy. Since students at this level are not yet able to comprehend the concept of extinction, these lessons focus on ideas that serve as a foundation for later learning about extinction. Thank you! Just go. Her compassion for the families of the people who nearly killed her fiancé is so relentless that it interrupts the coping mechanism she’s using to deal with that same tragedy. Your nostrils would flare as you inhaled the night and then, with the suddenness of a predator, you’d strike. A T-Rex, even a small one, would never have to stand against five blustering men soaked in gin and malice. I have done a lot of reading in the past few months as I try to pursue my own writing career. Synopsis. Hate speech against whom?! Your eyes … None of the naysayers seems capable of coherent thought, much less quality writing. how in the hell did this ever get nominated let alone win anything? Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), “For the Last Time, It’s Not a Raygun” at the Overcast. Of course. Maybe if the woman imagined that the man was an alien who would abduct her? A gentle lure before a hard squeeze on the heart. you’re a twisted person. Still, the idea that non-avian dinosaurs were uniformly gigantic is a misconception based in part on preservation bias, as large, sturdy bones are more likely to last until they are fossilized. From my throat, bees would drink exotic nectars. 100% Upvoted. Albeit, with the children’s book releasing 10 years earlier. You’d be fragile-boned and you’d walk with as delicate and polite a gait as you could manage on massive talons. Biologists would reverse engineer chickens until they could discover how to give them jaws with teeth. The massive dinosaur would chase you, and chances are, it would catch up to you. And all dinosaurs laid eggs. Rachel Swirsky‘s “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” started getting award buzz almost the moment it came out. I think the assumptions by some of the more libertarian bent people like Hoyt are hilarious about this story. You’d be a small one, only five feet, ten inches, the same height as human-you. October 16, 2015 October 16, 2015 The Peculiarist fantasy, Review Apex Magazine, Brainery, fantasy, poems, poetic prose, poetry, Rachel Swirsky, review, short story, writing. It establishes the structure of the story as a series of If/then statements. I’d promise never to do something like that again. You’d be a small one, only five feet, ten inches, the same height as human-you. It’s a great story! Log in or sign up to leave a comment Log In Sign Up. My soul would feel light because I’d know that you and I had made something new in the world and at the same time revived something very old. You’d stand onstage, talons digging into the floorboards. Money would flood into scientific institutions. Well, clues aren’t anything a person is expected to recognize. I was reading so much because I wanted to find out what made a story worthy of a Nebula. it’s an interesting story but, as another commenter pointed out, it’s science fiction fiction; the real story is the narrator’s, which is firmly grounded in reality. We’d go to Broadway. It doesn’t deserve the accolades. This draws attention to the fact that the story is a story, the very effect that leads to some people ragging on second person. 1 comment. I’d trust in your teeth and talons to keep you/me/us safe now and forever from the scratch of chalk on pool cues, and the scuff of the nurses’ shoes in the hospital corridor, and the stuttering of my broken heart. report. Wow – It’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, only for grown-ups. Your claws and fangs would intimidate your foes effortlessly. i think i could write an actual scifi story and i haven’t taken any sort of writing class since i was in high school over 10 years ago. I was awed and, I dare even say, humbled by your writing. Defying the literary standards at such a fundamental level can produce remarkable, memorable work; I’m reminded of Tom Godwin’s “the Cold Equations”, for instance, or Elizabeth Hand’s “the Maiden Flight of McCauley’s [i]Bellerophon[/i]”. Write on. If I laughed, laughed, laughed, I’d eventually feel guilty. Thanks and congratulations on your award. nonsense. And because those with a damaged empathy never fail to reveal themselves when they read it. It also sneaks in exposition about what’s going on in the (completely elided) frame story. Sara ErnstImagine. This lesson is the second of a two-part series on dinosaurs. A magnificent story. Learn How to get free kindle Kids books directly from Amazon at http://AReadingPlace.com/dinosaurs. Story telling with a scalpel. And great right brain/left brain imagination — the science was strong. My idea of what makes something SFnal has broadened over the past couple of years by reading diverse works that treat SF in different ways. 5. Aaaaaand you are once again showing your ignorance. We like her for that. It’s not as bad as the detractors say it is, but it’s a blatant Mary-Sue revenge fantasy. meh, it’s derivative of Rachel Swirsky, and your imagery isn’t SFnal enough. The girl, still in pajamas, bounces on her bed—where a toy green dinosaur sits—and finally decides, she wants “a pet much bigger, more the size of, well, A HOUSE!” If I Had a Dinosaur celebrates childhood and children’s imaginations and creativity. Funny, Sarcastic, Blunt bitch quotes that will make you laugh! 1249 Tripp Ave I’d be jealous, of course, and also sad, because I want to marry you. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Whereas you—fragile, lovely, human you—must rely on wits and charm. If you were a dinosaur... what would you be? It is well deserved! If I sang you lullabies, I’d soon notice how quickly you picked up music. there is no science central to this prose that holds this thing up, and without the science as a backbone it ain’t science fiction. If you were a dinosaur, my love, then you would be a T-Rex. There’s no explicit frame story, but you’re about to find out what happened anyway. this is a fever dream of a woman who has issues. USA. I suppose the world should at least be thankful for that. I couldn’t read past the first two sentenses. After reading this story and the comments I await the child proclaiming that the emperor has no clothes. Of the three most common pets, she likes dogs, has a cat, and a fish is simply too wet! In the same way that “Misery” isn’t a romance novel, but is a novel about romance novels. I loved every word of this. If you were a T-Rex, then I would become a zookeeper so that I could spend all my time with you. But don’t panic. The only other place I can think of off-hand that has a structure like this is a lullaby and I don’t think that’s an accident. For anybody who missed the brouhaha, the high level (and very charitable) rendering of the argument is that the people who read the story and went “OMG, Rachel Swirsky, you just broke my heart,” got into a fight with people who looked at the story and went, “Uh, that’s not speculative.” I have opinions about the respective camps, but they’re not pertinent here, so I’ll ignore them. report. I would say get a clue, but I’m quite sure you wouldn’t recognize one. Let me say that again. I’d stare at the two of you standing together by the altar and I’d love you even more than I do now. wow. It’s in a quasi-second person, but there’s no pretense at all that the “you” addressed in the story is, in fact, the reader. Because this hypothetical fantasy? If you were a dinosaur, you'd be a gorgesaurus. Hugo Award finalist, Nebula Award winner, World Fantasy Award finalist, Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™, A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of…, each thing i show you is a piece of my death, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie Sing the…, Bonus 2021 International Fantasists Issue, https://apex-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/apex01.mp3. The quality of the negative replies tells you everything you need to know about the merits of the story. Well, she knocked this one out of the park, didn’t she! (The preceding records, Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me and Bug, were reissued last year by Merge.) So, of course, Swirsky undermines us again, and chastises us for that very thing. Another predator, gotta take out the competition. Have no familiarity with the genesis of the story/poem whatever–whether this event really happened, or if details were changed in the telling–but it doesn’t really matter. It’s like our little canary in a coal mine, giving us a fair warning. No. Here's a look at If you're a dinosaur, a sesame street parody. Chicago Il, 60623 If everyone else thought about my stories the way I feel about yours, I would be so ashamed. You should have won the hugo award for this odd but powerful and touching piece. Controversy followed shortly thereafter, and the controversy blew up a little bit when the nominations came out. There were three pigs. Best of luck, both in the awards process and in all of your writings! I hope you enjoy my quiz. It was first published in Apex Magazine in 2013. But both of those are undeniably SF. In fact, it’s not the T-Rex who goes on, in hypothetical if/then-land, to instigate violence, but his zookeeper partner who leads him to the enemies. You have been shivved by a master. What it does in this case is create a relationship between the narrator and the reader. Such ignorant fear of the unknown, of the working people you have never deigned to speak to, so never understood outside the arrogant prejudices of the “educated” left. If you'd rather, you can learn about many of these amazing dinosaur facts by watching the movie: Forbidden History: Dinosaurs and the Bible. Summary: Upon reflection, Taehyung's predilection for having sex in the back of the raptors' enclosure almost always comes with a drawback: the very interested eyes of the entire raptor pack. If they built you a mate, I’d stand as the best woman at your wedding. yeah, i agree that this isn’t actually sci-fi. I’d make my bed on the floor of your cage, in the moist dirt, cushioned by leaves. Wow…. The existence of stories you don’t like discourages you from being a writer? By the way, I am a graduate of an older, better-known university than any of those commenting here attended, ironically in Earth Sciences which includes palaeobiology, but one who has worked with and made friends of more working men and women than academics or writers. Your flow was effortless and smooth. Here, that’s not really the case: the distancing effect of metafiction leaves us, ultimately, in Stein’s Oakland. I first read this story when it was nominated for a Hugo. You have given us a moving, quirky, poetic, heart-wrenching, loving story. You’d be a small one, only five feet, ten inches, the same height as human-you. Funny how that works — how whether revenge-murder porn is just that, or Art, or something worse, depends chiefly on whose gory death is being fantasized. It’s childish. I couldn’t help but notice the specificity. That being said, I did enjoy the sudden gut-punch of the trauma at the bar, and some of the hypotheticals, in the beginning, were interesting to explore. What I think I would eat, what kind of dinosaur I would be, and what part of the world I think I would live in, etc. 1. This might be my polyamorous heart talking, but if you don’t love the narrator, just a little bit, by that line, I question either your reading comprehension or your capacity for human sentiment. The map — available here — lets you input your hometown (or any city you want) to see where it was in the world millions of years ago. I’d avert my eyes from the newspapers when they showed photographs of the men’s tearful widows and fatherless children, just as they must avert their eyes from the newspapers that show my face. If you were a dinosaur, my love, then nothing could break you, and if nothing could break you, then nothing could break me. For those pondering whether it truly counts as SF, consider this: it is a metafictional story. This is 100% a speculative fiction story. Gorgeous and so sad–a wonderful story, thank you. Well done, friend. ( Log Out / I loved it! ... Their teeth were thick from side to side. Tragic sad, not pathetic sad. Rachel Swirsky holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop and graduated from Clarion West in 2005. Share Previous Next. It is a work of art, it shows excellent mastery of the writer’s craft, and I commend you, Ms Swirsky, for your accomplishment. Some kind of small animal. Really? I think I’ve found it. From any genre. Very well-written and moving. What a bizarre comment. The worst kind of story I can think of. Terrible story, by the way. I remember thinking it was beautifully written, but I struggled wtih seeing it as SF. It is sad. Posted by 6 months ago. In other words, thoroughly likable. View More. 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