Robert Reed. Cull. (Clarkesworld Magazine #48, September 2010).

artwork by Julie Dillon

Online to read at Clarkesworld Magazine here, and to listen to here.

Claustrophobic tension in an enclosed domed station, whose inhabitants are kept chemically happy by an AI doctor in human form. When a young boy going through his difficult teens goes just a bit too far, there are consequences. It’s pretty grim reading, with a momentary hope for the reader and the boy, who sees himself leaving to live off the fat of the land…

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