Ian R. MacLeod. The Visitor from Taured. (Asimov’s, September 2016).

I read this in Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 2‘.

A lot to like in this story for me, as it was partly set in the university town I went to, and one of the protagonists in this near, slightly downbeat, future has a love for printed books, which is very much an eccentric passion in this story (and increasingly so nowadays). It’s a love story, only requited at the end, as her cosmologist lover looks for some Big Answers to some Big Questions. Arguably not that much SF in the story I suppose, but as Scientist Fiction goes, it’s a good read.

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