Damien Broderick. Under the Moons of Venus. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 5)

Originally in : Subterranean Online, Spring 2010, and still online.

If you haz not read the story yet, follow the link above.

It’s a complex story, as you’d expect (and demand) from Broderick, that starts off feeling like one kind of story – a sort of mix of JGB and ERB, with Blackett mourning the Venus that he has lost, to which almost all humanity have been instantly, unexplainedly, transported, along with our moon. Has that happened, or is he delusional?

There is interesting character-driven interplay between himself, a female neighbour who is offering psychological support (or not), and a bed-ridden neighbour, but then some science starts to creep in, and there is math to support a very strange explanation….

Excellent.

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