Another good story from Napper in Interzone.
He provides a near future take on challenges the future may bring, on a very micro level, looking at two families, particularly on the sacrifices the men have to make to protect the family unit.
The stories appear unrelated at first, although there is a very neat reveal in the closing sequence. In one family there is war, and there is desperate task of avoiding the shelling, in subterranean refuges, which make protect from shells, but not from the very, very nasty tech sent burrowing their way to flush them out. There comes a time when a man has to do what a man has to do to protect his family…
And then there’s a different society, with the Haves and Have Nots, and the focus is on a Have Not. Whilst he may not have the wealth, he has the cojones to make a stand when the time for it comes..
Lest you think the story is a Man Story, the female characters have strength and resourcefulness.
More from this issue here.