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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
The Loneliest Whale by Lily Markova is an intriguing science-fiction short story about other lifeforms living on earth and how they have been affecting our race for centuries. Joy met Julius at the pier when they were fourteen. He had been going through a change in the function of his brain, caused by an encounter with another species in the form of a twenty-six-year-old man. Because of Julius's abilities and his emotional capabilities, the young man's collective had deemed Julius a threat to the inhabitant subspecies of earth. Joy was with Julius as he transformed and became his friend. Five years later, the three are together again on the pier as the young man witnesses Joy telling Julius goodbye as she prepares to sail to India.
In a set of bizarre coincidences, starting with the song of a lone whale, the three are thrown together in an unlikely accident and turning the tables on the young man. He loses his connection to his collective 'family'. Without this connection he is vulnerable and becomes weak and ill. Not having a human name, he introduced himself as Whale. Joy misses her boat, and, worried about the stranger, takes the young man named Whale home with her and Julius. The incident on the pier has set an unprecedented event in motion that Whale is unable to prevent or stop. His species and the human subspecies' survival are in jeopardy. Will Julius, Joy, or Whale be able to prevent the damage that is likely to occur?
The Loneliest Whale by Lily Markova is a science-fiction short story. From the very beginning, the story begins in an eerie setting that leads to an ominous conclusion. It was interesting to watch the development of the three characters and how they related to their inverted reality. Joy has a remarkable understanding of Julius, and I was impressed with her unconditional love and understanding. I found this story to be a convoluted reality story and recommend it to those who are science-fiction fans of alien interference in the development of the human race.