An 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!
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A dryly black look at a community living with (or, indeed, dying of) a particularly vicious plague.
A fairly bleak tale with a couple of stylistic issues that don’t help the story.
Nancy Kress. Act One. More of an Analog story than an Asimovs. Genetic modification is the topic, and in order to explore it Kress puts a person of restricted growth (referred to as, and by the character himself, as a dwarf), alongside an ageing movie star, researching a film about children with Arlen’s Syndrome, which […]
Gord Sellar. Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moon’s Blues. With this title and an opening line ‘His first night back on Earth after his gig on the Frogships, Bird showed up at Minton’s cleaner than a broke-dick dog, with a brand new horn and a head full of crazy-people music’, Sellar quickly sets the tone […]
Harry Turtledove. News From the Front. Alternate History relating the role played by FD Roosevelt in getting the US involved in the Second World, through the means of newspaper clippings. I’m the wrong side of the Atlantic and the wrong side of 50 for the fine detail to be clear to me, and it’s a […]
Nancy Kress. Safeguard. A classy piece of writing from Kress, who cleverly intertwines story and backstory to reach a shattering denouement. Three young children are being ‘raised’ in a small habitat, with only a minumum of human contact, and the humans they contact are biohazard-suited. We find out that they are in some way a […]
Another excellent issue.