Garrett Ashley. Riding the Waves of Leviathan. (Asimovs December 2015)

asimovs1512A story by an author new to me, on account of his previous story appearing in an issue of Asimovs I didn’t get my hands on.

It’s a short, bittersweet story of love, and loss, and family, and growing up, and surfing. I won’t give too much, just to say that the leviathan in question is an enormous sea creature that has appeared off the coast of a small fishing town, and it’s frequent breaching in the sea, and the resultant tsunami, has wreaked havoc on the fishing industry, and the families living there.

The young protagonist has lost a friend to the beast – wiped out by a massive wave when surfing, and he has to find a way to deal with this, and other losses…

A story that shows a lot of promise from a young writer.

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