Brenda Carre. Embrace of the Planets. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2014)

fsf140910A woman enters a shop and finds it even more intriguing than she had thought – full of old, and strange things, many of which shouldn’t be there. There’s a similarly strange, out-of-place, and very elderly proprietor as well.

The seasoned fantasy reader will guess the ending, so the fun is guessing exactly why – especially with a reference to the works of Jules Verne and his nephew Gaston, part of Verne’s life story which I was’t familiar with (not that I was familiar which any of Verne’s life before a quick wikipedia lookup just now.

More from this issue of F&SF here.

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