Selma McCrory

Tomorrow's Future

(5) "A Change of Perspective" (Highlander)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 7th May 2003 (7)

I have listed this as the 5th in the "Tomorrow's Future" series, because it comes 5th in the chronological listings, but it is the first story in that list which isn't a vignette. This story was written in 1993; as such it has the honour of being, if not the first, certainly one of the first Highlander stories to explore the question: what if a Watcher died and became Immortal? A change of perspective, indeed. This does a good job of showing the dilemmas faced by the main character when her life changes so suddenly.

(7) "These Daughters and These Sisters" (Highlander)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 7th May 2003 (8)

This continues the story of Greer, the ex-Watcher turned Immortal. Here, it comes home even harder the difficulties she faces; torn between her past and her future, between Immortals and Watchers, with neither side having much reason to trust her. Good thoughtful stuff.

(8) "Differing Varieties" (Tomorrow People/Highlander)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 7th May 2003 (9)

This is the next story in the Tomorrow's Future series, and it introduces the Tomorrow People (or Greer gets introduced to them). I found this one a bit frustrating on a number of points; first, we find that Greer has gone and gotten married behind the scenes, and we missed out on all the good bits. Now maybe the author intended to write a story about that and slot it in, but since that story isn't there, one just feels the lack. Indeed, feeling the lack is what the story seemed like for me -- even though this was a longer story, it felt like there was a lot of just sitting down and explaining, while other parts felt as if they needed fleshing out. Maybe it was partly because there didn't feel as if there was any tension, because you knew that everyone was a good guy, except for the actual bad guy, and he was hardly there. That isn't to say this was bad, it's just that it wasn't as good as the others; and maybe that was just a consequence of having to split one's attention for a crossover.