Vylar Kaftan. Lion Dance. (Asimovs October/November 2012)

Nicely told story set against a backdrop of a US being hammered by a flu pandemic – San Francisco has survived better than many cities, but there are curfews, power and medicine shortages, and civil unrest. A group of young men decide that Halloween is a good night to celebrate the Chinese New Year that was missed earlier in the year, and take to the street in three lion costumes, dancing their way through the streets until they come to a group celebrating Halloween in a more traditional manner. Inside the hospital we see some of the human cost of the pandemic, and the protagonist realises that it is time to do something positive.

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