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“‘Run,’ Bakri Says”, by Ferrett Steinmetz

January 21, 2018 Leave a comment

NOT FOR CHILDREN

“‘Run,’ Bakri Says” is a story in the vein of Replay or Groundhog Day, about a person in a time loop, living the same events thousands of time.  The only thing is, she’s in a war zone.

Non-Spoiler Summary

The main difference between “‘Run,’ Bakri Says” and the other time loop stories is that Irena isn’t reliving twenty-five years of life, or one day she controls: she’s got fifty minutes to rescue her brother from an American jail in the unnamed country.  She’s got to get past a sniper, two guards outside, and find her brother Sammi in the jail.  It takes thousands of tries.

Why should you read it?

“‘Run,’ Bakri Says” is about what war does to people who can’t get out.  Irena starts out not wanting to kill the soldiers, and a few hundred iterations later, she’s measuring statistics on how often she can make head-shots.  For such a short story, it traces the dissolution of her personality quite vividly.  I’d almost call it science fiction-horror.

Where to find “‘Run,’ Bakri Says”

This story is available freely on Escape Pod’s site, in audio and text.