Bruce McAllister. Free Range. (Asimovs, June 2012)

Nicely told story through the eyes of a dude in a relationship with a woman who decides she needs some Vietnamese black chickens for her garden. But the reason for needing them is quite unusual, and the story builds to a gnarly life and death struggle in a bedroom with an elderly Viet buddhist clad in only red boxing shorts defending the Earth from alien invasion. And that’s not something I’ve come across before in 40 years reading SF.

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