Gregory Benford. Penumbra. (Year’s Best SF 16)

Originally in : Nature.

One of the regular short-shorts that have appeared in Nature magazine in recent years and featured in the Hartwell/Cramer anthologies. Something dramatic has happened on Earth, which is a state of frazzlement (my word, not Benford’s!) Exactly what has happened is somewhat moot, but why some have survived is the nub of this nubbin of a tale (and the answer is in the title).

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