Alter S. Reiss. If the Stars Reverse Their Courses, If the Rivers Run Back from the Sea. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2012)

A few days after reading the story I came back to it to write this and was surprised to find just how short it was – it had lodged in my memory as a more substantial piece. So clearly there’s a lot in a small space. Reiss accomplishes this partly through a story that is layered in its approach to time and the mutability of events and history, and what might have beens/will be. There’s some memorable imagery, some conflict, and all told a very strong F&SF debut.

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