Alec Nevala-Lee. The Boneless One. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29th Annual Collection)

I was more than a little surprised to see a story from Analog in the volume, and was anticipating something out of the usual run of the mill scientist fiction from that magazine. However, no such luck.

A journalist is on a yacht, to report on the work of the billionaire scientist owner. It’s written in a fairly routine manner, with some basic characterisation, and there’s a scientific conundrum to be resolved, but it feels somewhat out of place alongside the rest of the stories in the volume. Maybe Gardner has a thing for octopii?

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