Nancy Kress. Cocoons. (Meeting Infinity, Solaris 2015)

meeting infinityOn a remote planet, a small mining community finds itself under threat from a xenovirus that cocoons humans it infects, and out from which something not quite human emerges.

The space corps pay a visit, and Dr. Nora Seybert realises that the whichever way their investigation goes, the outlook for those who have come out of the cocoons, and the rest of the settlement is not good…

A neat little story (not quite up there with Carpenters’ ‘The Thing’), with, as ever, some good characterisation from Kress, but it would have been nice to have been able to give Kress greater length to take forward the story.

More from ‘Meeting Infinity’ here.

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