You always get some thought-provoking politics with MacLeod, and here he pops in some near-future background to give depth to a story involving an SF writer and an anthologist. The French have had another of their left-wing revolutions, and America has retreated further into their right-wing fascist state, and the protagonists are on either side of the divide. There’s a scientific demonstration at the end – but what it demonstrates is not what it appears to do. Hopefully we’ll see ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Three’ in next year’s ‘Year’s Best SF 17’, which would appeal to my perverse sense of humour.
- Erik Amundsen. Pony. (Clarkesworld Magazine #61, October 2011)
- Pat Cadigan. Cody. (trsf: The Best New Science Fiction)