Matthew Cook. Rail Riders. (Interzone #239, Mar-Apr 2012)

A dark, and ultimately depressing tale of hobos in space. Actually the hobos is space bit is the first part of the story, and just how stowaways might live amongst the cargo holds of massive spaceships, and the risks therein, does drip, and my editorial steer would have been to concentrate further on that aspect.

The second half of the story sees the motley crew make landfall, and jump a ride onto a train heading into the city. There things get very dark, very dark, and whilst Cook provides a glimpse of a light at the end of the tunnel, we all know that tunnels and trains are not safe places to be!

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