Paul M. Berger. The Mantis Tattoo. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2015)

fsf150304A trickster tale with a difference.

Out on the savannah Nudur is hunting, and finally makes a kill, only to find that the beast he has killed speaks to him in the voice of The Mantis.

We find that Nudur and his people see themselves as Human Beings, with The Fathers having left them and headed North generations ago. And Nudur is tasked to head North to meet the returning Fathers. It’s a challenge for Nudur – and he believes Mantis has deserted him, as he finds the reunion with the returning forefathers is not what he might have hoped, and that there has been some divergence from the baseline norm.

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