Chris DeVito. Diamond. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2016)

fsf160304DeVito had a couple of strong stories published in F&SF a couple of years ago, to the extent that I asked (and got) his permission to post his story ‘Anise’ here on Best SF.

He returns with a four-pager, a baseball story (I reckon I know enough about baseball not to miss anything!) which revolves around the identity of the person making their first appearance for what presumably is a major league team. (The protagonist shares the same name as Jackie Robinson, who broke the race barrier in that sport).

And when the identity is revealed in the closing paragraph, and it is indeed a surprise, but perhaps not for the obvious reason (SPOILER : The protagonist is ‘simply’ a woman, rather than an alien, zombie, robot, or something similarly sfnal!)

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