Maureen McHugh. Sidewalks. (Omni Magazine, November 2017)


Read in The Year’s Best Science Fiction Thirty Fifth Annual Collection (Dozois, 2018).

Online : here.

Sensitive story from McHugh. Not a lot happens, but it’s a well told story from the perspective of a ‘speech pathologist’ (a new one to me!) who is called in to carry out an assessment on a woman in a psych unit. It appears the speech the woman is using is Olde English. And Occam’s Scalpel being what it is, and this being in an SF volume….. The protagonist comes to terms with what has happened, is happening, throws her shoulders back, and gets on with life (whilst it remains)..

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