Reviews

Mark R. Kelly had this to say in Locus:

"The strongest story is Terry McGarry's 'Mindchild,' which ties
into this month's theme about current biotechnology. Corinne,
17 and pregnant, escapes a near-future US dominated by
religious repression to Canada, where she checks into a
hospital to have an abortion. In the same hospital is Margery,
a woman suffering from Alzheimer's who doesn't remember her
husband or her career as a geologist. Margery is given a new
treatment in which fetal brain-cell tissue is grafted into
her own brain as the basis for filling in the damaged tissue.
It works; her memory comes back and so, to her husband's
dismay, does her taste for the Fundamentalist Truth Channel
that she watched in the states. She becomes hysterical and
demands to meet the mother of the child she becomes convinced
is growing inside her.
"The two stories, Corinne's and Margery's, dovetail neatly and
build toward an emotional climax: the authorities are about to
catch up with Corinne, but Corinne's presence is the key to
Margery's recovery. The final outcome is certainly consistent
with everything that's gone on before, though it's unexpectedly
harsh."



Kurt Roth had this to say in Tangent:

"In 'Mindchild,' Terry McGarry presents a world in which
Fundamentalists control the American government, premarital
sex has been outlawed, and abortion is punishable by death.
The story centers around two women: Margery, an aging
scientist who is suffering from a degenerative brain disorder,
and Corinne, a seventeen-year-old who chooses to cross the
border and have her child aborted. They meet at a Canadian
clinic where brain tissue from Corinne's fetus is used to restore
Margery's mind. The bond that forms between them is powerful.

"I found myself admiring this story on two levels. One: it's a
profoundly moving piece of fiction that never crosses the line
into being maudlin. Always a nice trick. And two: it breaks
a lot of so-called rules, with great results. Never use multiple
viewpoints in short fiction? Ha. Never ever use alternating
verb tense? Yeah, right. McGarry shows us how it's done."









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