A remote village community is reliant on a travelling news-teller for their contact with the outside world, and when he fails to turn up on schedule, there is concern for him. A young woman decides to risk herself in the wilderness to seek him, but whilst she does find him, she finds that things are not quite as he has led their community to believe. Nicely told story looking at whether it is right to protect innocence.
- Ian R. MacLeod. The Cold Step Beyond. (Asimovs, June 2011)
- Alan DeNiro. Walking Stick Fires. (Asimovs, June 2011)