A.C. Wise. And If The Body Were Not The Soul. (Clarkesworld #109, October 2015)

clarkesworld109Good story from Wise. Available online here.

A small group of aliens have landed on Earth. After some initial violence, they are set up in a safe zone in a city. Ro, a cycle messenger, strikes up a relationship with one alien, Xal. Ro has some serious issues with his fellow humans, hating touching and intimacy, but in touching the alien, there is a strange symbiotic interchange of emotion, experience and sense of self. Ro’s sense of what is out there, and what he has himself in there, are brought into focus.

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