EP459: The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere

by John Chu
read by John Chu

about the author/narrator…

John designs microprocessors by day and writes fiction by night. His work has been published at Boston Review, Asimov’s and Tor.com. His website is http://johnchu.net

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  1. Richard says:

    This was an interesting one, not so much in the coming out story, but in who was upset with the main character. She appears to represent the traditional Chinese view of the purpose of marriage and family, thrashing the brother upon any deviation made by the brother. She also was an abuser who bullied the brother, especially after the admission he made of her violent ways at the end. He was very brave on standing up to the sister, as that can be a very difficult thing to do, but I think he really needs to get her out of his life. She is destructive and getting in the way of his relationship with his parents, and really disturbed me.

    I don’t get the boyfriend though. He seemed too perfect in everything and more a caricature. He probably is the counterpoint to the sister’s traditionalist views, but it was hard for me to understand what he represented, other than a supportive and perfect significant other. It could be from the view of the narrator that he was so perfect, and I’m thinking he showed his flaw at the end? Not sure on that one.

    Finally, yay for the parents and their acceptance, but they appeared to end up still trying to get the grandchildren they wanted. They mentioned using genetics to create a child from their genes, so they satisfy the want. But, what if he decides he doesn’t want children? while it appears they are the loving and accepting parents, they still are considering their own needs. This is great in this story as they are still not perfect, and they are willing to change their views and accept their son as he is. It’s great to have that double take on the parents, loving, but a little selfish too. They felt real and I hope the main character can get around his sister and build a loving, and frustrating :-), relationship with them.

  2. Caro Cogitatus says:

    Sorry, I didn’t finish this one. I can handle longer Escape Pod stories, and I can handle Escape Pod stories where the sci-fi stuff is more thoughtful and understated than “pew! pew! take that, alien scum!”, but the wait for the payoff on this one was too long for my fragile brain.

  3. crowdediron says:

    I really didn’t care for this story whatsoever. It had almost nothing to do with science-fiction save the water problem. The water thing didn’t actually play into the plot so much as it just was a barometer for the protagonists feelings.
    It was a great story, but had no place on EscapePod. Overall, I feel like Harold Bloom was right when mentioning that irrelevant (in this case) and poor (not this case) can get published if you throw in enough that isn’t cysgendered white men. Combine a coming out story with Chinese heritage, family issues, and gratuitous Mandarin and you get the attention of the sci-fi world regardless if it should.
    Again like the story, but has no place here.

  4. Mat says:

    Every year we use August to feature Hugo Award nominee stories which are not obligated to be strictly sci-fi. It’s a feature we’ve run annually for most of the life of Escape Pod, and one that we don’t intend to change in the foreseeable future. And in this case, the nominee is someone who has been featured as an author and a narrator on Escape Pod many times, so we are extra proud of his nomination and win.

    We hope our listeners will be open minded enough to give these nominees a chance to be enjoyed. We will return to our normal programming schedule shortly.