Philip Brewer. Watch Bees. (Asimovs August 2011).

Near-future post-Event Illinois, where farming has become very hi-tech, whilst also becoming hand-to-mouth. A young man stops off at a farm, ostensibly seeking work. However, he is after knowledge, and after – a beehive. For in the continuing attempt to look after properly and livelihood, the humble bee has an important role to play.

The story notches up the tension, exploring the difficulties individuals, families and communities would have to face in a world not that different to ours.

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