Nina Allan. The Upstairs Window. (Interzone #230, Sep-Oct 2010)

A near-future dystopian London with a repressive government, and population happy to watch executions of those who have transgressed the new conservatism. A series of relationships put in perspective the impact of the changes, as an artist has to flee to the East.

It took me more than a few seconds to realise that there weren’t two pages stuck together and the story had ended. It captures the feeling of constraint and repression and danger, and the streets of central London, but ‘Children of Men’ it ain’t.

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