In an anthology with a theme of conflicts, you can’t get more conflicted that a spaceport bar with several hardened (both by space and by genmod) spacers knock each other senseless. It is told in great detail, complete with dialogue from broke-nosed combatants along the lines of “-dod do dat agaib!” which gives you a clue as where Mortimore is pitching the story. There’s some ‘love’ interest embedded in as backstory.
- David L. Clements. In the Long Run. (Conflicts)
- Martin Sketchley. Songbirds. (Conflicts).