So, “Tetris Dooms Itself” from Meghan McCarron is not actually about Tetris. I’ll chock that one up in the “disappointed” column.
The story itself...it’s a Clarkesworld story. This is actually something of a description. It’s a bit on the weird side and I’m not sure that describing the story will really capture it. Running at just under 3300 words, it’s worth the time to check it out.
It’s a story with random kidnapping, disfigurement, re-growing limbs, obsession, some sort of a “sham-game”, and I think this is all somehow metaphor for emotional abuse and being the “other woman” in a relationship. I think. Maybe.
Oh yeah, and Tetris does make an appearance, but it isn’t really about that.
“Tetris Dooms Itself” is a bit grotesque in the abstract (or, perhaps it is grotesque in what gets described, but if the story is metaphor, is it really grotesque in the physical? Does this even make sense?)
Decent story. I liked it, but I’m not sure I really know what it is about.