A dryly black look at a community living with (or, indeed, dying of) a particularly vicious plague. The young protagonist has volunteered for the plague crew, taking a huge risk in disposing of the bodies and disinfecting their surroundings. It’s not a long-term career choice, but he heeds his Grandma’s advice.
- Ian Creasey. The Odor of Sanctity. (Asimovs, September 2011).
- Joe Haldeman. Sleeping Dogs. (Year’s Best SF 16).