Chris Willrich. Star Soup. (Asimovs September 2012)

Neat take on the post-fall of humanity trope. A visitor arrives in the remaining village on the planet Dimhope, and through his use of some advanced tech, he teases stories out of some of the villagers – full humans, and those that are less so. Regardless of their nature, strong elements of humanity come out from their stories, and we find out more about the fall of humanity (its rise) and exactly what happened on Dimhope.

Well-handled, showing a lot, via the stories, but not everything, sketching a picture in an effective manner.

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