Matthew Kressel. The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard). (Tor.com)

Originally published online on Tor.com, where it is still available.

Reviewed in : The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three. (ed Neil Clarke, Nightshade Books 2018)

Fortunately I read the story in this volume and not online where I might have been slightly miffed by the overly detailed editorial introduction “(a)..story about a dying writer who is trying to finish one final novel on the distant planet he settles on for his demise. His encounter with a young girl triggers a last burst of creativity.” There’s depth and warmth in the story, which makes it well worth the read and inclusion in this volume.

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