The Time Invariance of Snow
The Devil made a mirror. A physicist broke it and shards fall through reality and changed everything forever in this sci-fi space opera, The Time Invariance of Snow, a Tor.com Original short story from E. Lily Yu.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Time Invariance of Snow Details

TitleThe Time Invariance of Snow
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 18th, 2019
PublisherTor Books
ISBN-139781250243966
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Science Fiction

The Time Invariance of Snow Review

  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Liked this one. Last of the year! 4 stars.
  • Stephen Richter
    January 1, 1970
    Tor.com Short Story touches on the nature of evil in the form of the Devil's mirror and quantum physic.
  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    actual rating: 3.5Definitely an intriguing read and the author has a very ethereal writing style, but ultimately just a bit too short to really sink your teeth into. I would love to read a longer piece based on this or maybe something else in the same universe though.
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  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Would you trust a magic mirror?This tale did a wonderful job of using metaphors to explain how and why the world had become such a terrible place after the devil’s mirror was accidentally broken. There were footnotes after the final paragraph to explain some of them. I was glad I paused to read each one as it popped up in the text and would suggest that other readers do the same thing. Those footnotes were beautifully written and really helped me to understand some of the more complex metaphors. Would you trust a magic mirror?This tale did a wonderful job of using metaphors to explain how and why the world had become such a terrible place after the devil’s mirror was accidentally broken. There were footnotes after the final paragraph to explain some of them. I was glad I paused to read each one as it popped up in the text and would suggest that other readers do the same thing. Those footnotes were beautifully written and really helped me to understand some of the more complex metaphors.Most of the characters revealed their proper names during the course of the plot. Some were identified by the first letter of their name, and others were described by their occupation or some other label. It was amazing to see how well I got to know them regardless of how they were addressed. The author did a wonderful job of showing who they were as individuals, from their interests to their personality traits.One of the things I enjoyed the most about this story was the ending. The beginning and middle were filled with scenes that didn’t always seem to be related to each other. There were times when I wondered where the author was going and if my theories about it were correct, so it was a joy to see everything coalesce in the end in about the way I hoped it would.The Time Invariance of Snow was the best piece of hard science fiction I’ve read this year. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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  • emily
    January 1, 1970
    this is a lyrical and beautiful piece that doesn't really have a plot so much as a series of musings on The Snow Queen, the concept of fairytales, misogyny, women's wisdom, and other ideas. i'm giving it 4 stars because it's beautifully written, but i would be more inclined to call it a prose poem than a story.
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  • Suaad (I just want a cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not gonna rate this story because it was not for me.
  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    The Devil, physics, the nature of evil, and The Snow Queen fairy tale. I particularly enjoyed this because, coincidentally, I had watched Frozen 2 this evening, so there was some thematic overlap.
  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    It's a tricky balancing act to write a story which is full of anger at real injustices, while also giving them a fairytale explanation, and for me this didn't quite pull it off.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fascinating short story that has a familiar feel to it. Taken from the Hans Christian Anderson tale of The Snow Queen, I liked the scifi quality that Yu added and the simplicity of her storytelling.
  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    A short story that is beautiful and painfully accurate at the same time
  • karenbee
    January 1, 1970
    I will come thinking to rescue you. That my tears will wash the glass from your eye and melt the ice in your heart. That the Snow Queen’s spell will break, and you will be free.But when I arrive I will find no Snow Queen, no enchantment, no wicked, beautiful woman who stole you away.Only you.I feel like I wasn't smart enough for this one. It happens. I liked the idea of it, though.
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  • Akemi G.
    January 1, 1970
    Clever adaptation of The Snow Queen. I like it, and now I want to read more stories by this author.
  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    Quotes I loved: Once, the Devil made a mirror, for the Devil was vain. --Say, such and such is the shape of your soul, though you wear mask upon mask to hide it.Theodora, G. said, a wolf is the shape of your soul, and there’s blood on its muzzle and mud on its pelt.--
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  • elizabeth jovena
    January 1, 1970
    footnotes footnotes footnotes yes
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Too stylized for me... I don't do well with that sort of thing.
  • Molly Perling
    January 1, 1970
    I am a sucker for retellings of The Snow Queen that really /use/ the fairy tale, so I loved this completely. A fractured, grown-up, vulnerable version.
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