A neat story from Mason, almost a quarter of a century since her last story in this magazine.
The story follows NaniNini, living on a planet which us humans have discovered, and you can guess that this is not necessarily good news for the indigenes. She is quite content in having a relationship with one of those humans, but he isn’t typical of his species, and when others turn up with an altogether more business-like attitude to her planet and it’s resources, conflict ensues.
Mason creates a believable setting, and a believable protagonist who isn’t just a human with different skin tone/pointy ears and so forth, and it’s an altogether good read.
More from this issue here.