Ian McHugh. Interloper. (Asimovs, January 2011)

Barnestable’s Travelling Freakshow and Circus is touring remoted, mostly deserted and depopulated Australia. Whilst ostensibly entertaining the remaining populace, they are on the lookout for those people who are unwittingly susceptible to the alien forces who are using them to break into our plane.

Barnestable’s colleagues and fellow performers are a strange bunch – a quintet of symbiotic clone Tinas, Turtle, Monkey, Rhone and Murph. There’s genmod aplenty, especially in the raptors they have with them, who are let loose whenever alien interlopers make it onto our Earth.

It’s a short story, with a bit of a Mad Max vibe about it, the tone not entirely succesful.

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