Gareth L. Powell. Fallout. (Conflicts).

An intriguing setting for a short story, and one that you could see being worth the investment of more time from the author. The south west of England has been laid to radioactive waste – by a gigantic alien spaceship crashing to Earth and causing several nuclear power stations to irradiate large areas of the country.

Arriving at the lip of the impact crater, a young security guard to a teen pop group finds her past catching up with her, as more about the alien ship is revealed. The central idea, and the characterisation are the stronger elements of the story. The weaker one is the timely co-incidence that brings two old friends together, and the duel at the end is a tad staged.

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