Richard Bowes. Venues. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2010).

Bowes’ series of autobiographical (up to a point!) stories in F&SF have been a treat for some time now.

Coming closer to the current day, here the somewhat older and slightly wiser SF writer sets his story in a series of venues where he provides readings of his stories. Clearly those in New York SF circles will recognise the settings, and there are ghosts of SF writers past with which to contend, alongside a relationship with a young man with whom he has a bond that is anything but literary.

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