Karen Heuler. The Difficulties of Evolution. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2009).

Originally in : Weird Tales.

One of the weaker stories in the volume. It’s short, and it’s central conceit is one that I personally would need to have strong encouragement from other elements of the story to suspend my disbelief : human children are metamorphosing into any of a wide range of different animals or birds. No explanation is given, but I suppose it’s such an ‘out there’ conceit that to try to provide one wouldn’t make sense. The story begins with one mother struggling to come to terms with her second child beginning to change to another life form, but then moves into her making a similar change of her own.

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