Lisa Mason. Teardrop. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2015)

fsf150506A 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.

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