Steven Utley. The Tortoise Grows Elate. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2012)

The first in Utley’s ‘Silurian Tales’ sequence for four years, a sequence he has had on the simmer since 1993. To be honest I hadn’t really missed the stories in the past four years, and this story is, as have others, been just another continuation of the simmer, rather than a contribution to bringing the series to a boil. Or if you want a boil analogy, the ‘Silurian Tales’ boil continues to grow and itch, without the blessed release of it popping.


Anyhoo, the story features an unlikely (fungally fuelled) love matchup, with some literary references.

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