Keith Brooke and Eric Brown. Eternity’s Children. (Solaris Rising)

Brooke and Brown were regulars in the David Pringle-era of Interzone, and this is a story that could be straight from one of those issues. A politician returns to a planet he had visited many years ago – whilst he has rejuvenation tech which means the years have been good to him, those he meets have of course aged. However, the people on the planet, the one source of the chemical that enables rejuve treatment, are quite happy with their limited timespan. The politician has news to break to them, but with the aid of the indigenous creatures, he is able to come to a decision about his own future.

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