Gord Sellar. Stars Fell on Alabama. (Asimovs October/November 2014)

asimovs141011A young(!) black jazz cornet player flees Kansas City, hopping on board a train. As the train thunders through the night towards Chicago, life gets complicated. As if it isn’t complicated enough, what with him carrying the shining star that fell from the skies over a hundred years ago, which has opened up his mind to the scope of the universe, and the wonders of jazz.

It’s nicely told, capturing a period feel well, and there’s a particularly nice paragraph-long sentence in which a sense of wonder is bestowed upon him. And in addition to mention of Heisenberg there’s a guest appearance from another giant of science.

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