Jacob Mannheim is a successful farmer on Earth, but his grandchildren want him to leave behind the old ways, and, indeed, leave behind Earth. Technological developments have had (some unintended) consequences on the future for farming, even on the state-spanning agribusiness of Jacob’s. But he’s a man who likes to have his feet on the soil of the Earth, and he is loathe to lose the feel of the potato crop between his fingers. The technological and farming developments that are a nice backdrop to the human dilemma.
- Peter S. Beagle. The Way It Works Out and All. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2011)
- Robert Reed. The Ants of Flanders. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2011)