R. Neube. Grainers. (Asimovs, December 2013)

asimovs201312An SF story for those of you who like your SF in deep space, dirty, sweaty, corrupt and cynical, and with a clever story structure.

Hold on a minute. That’s me!

Neube provides two perspectives on a contact between one protagonist living a very basic life with refugees on a grainship, and an elite officer who boards following their SOS call. Both characters are three-dimensional, neither perfect, both operating within constraints and difficulties, and it’s a treat to see their perspectives on each other, neither quite as clever as they think they are, and each with a wrongly lower option of the other. Worth the read.

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