Another classy story from the pen (or presumably the keyboard) of Albert E. Cowdrey, whose stories engage you quickly and keep you engaged throughout, which is not as simple as it sounds!
The Individual Stories category has two types of content : 1 – the stories I read in magazines and anthologies and review straight away, rather than waiting to complete the magazine or anthology and reviewing it all in one go. I started doing this in 2010; 2 – stories published as standalone ‘chapbooks’, or published online, or otherwise as a singleton. There are a couple of dozen stories of this nature, reviewing during the 2000s, which are available here.
Near-future story with limited SFFnal elements.
A neat story from Mason, almost a quarter of a century since her last story in this magazine.
A near-future rock and roll road story, with a band ekeing out a living playing live, in the face of immersive 3D holo performances by the Big Name Bands keeping the potential audience members home for the most part.
A prehistory story from Bennardo (so why is it in an SF magazine I wonder??).
A lot in the story to like, and I’m putting it onto the short list for The Best SF Short Story Award 2015.
An intriguing story from Nayler, evidently an American who has spent some/a lot of time in Europe, and there’s a very European feeling to this story.
A singleton story with a fairly bog standard post-zombie apocalypse action element to it, but the setting is an interesting one and makes it stand out in a way that will prevent the reading mis-remembering it as an episode from a zombie film or TV episode.