James Sarafin. Trapping the Pleistocene. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2015)

fsf150506A hunter/trapper who has opted out of the hi-tech near-future ‘civilisation’ to live in an untouched enclave, gets a call from the government to go back in their time machine to rescue his friend who has gone missing, having been sent back to capture some DNA from a giant beaver.

The time travel gives him time to reflect further on the loss of his daughter ten years ago.

Not a story that really engaged me, with the hi-tech/refusenik aspect a bit obvious, and the time travel element was taken almost as much for granted as if would be a long bus journey, and generally felt like a couple of ideas put together that might usefully have been covered in separate stories.

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