Ian Creasey. “I Was Nearly Your Mother”. (Asimovs, March 2011).

After Neal Barrett Jr’s ‘Where’, with a very strange setting, Creasey provides a rather more prosaic setting of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. (Well, prosaic to those of us who know Yorkshire well, possibly less so to those unfamiliar with it).

Creasey explores some micro-level issues with multiple worlds theory, as a teenage girl who is an orphan, is visited from another Earth by the woman who was her mother. A decision made upon finding herself pregnant by the woman led her to a life without children, and she is seeking some form of closure on that decision. There are some heavy psychological issues betwixt erstwhile mother and child which are played out over the course of the day and evening, and the morning does indeed bring resolution.

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