Saturday, October 10, 2015

Partible, by K.J. Zimring

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2015; ~4,500 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Heartwarming story of a man in near-future Seattle who learns he had a son with a woman he knew nine years ago--except that he never had sex with her.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The moment when the narrator realizes he wants this boy because he still loves the mother is deeply moving. The resolution is acceptable.

Con: If this is a known scam, the immigration people would have routinely checked for it--especially when the "father" insisted he'd never had relations with the woman. If the treatment leaves a visible blister, then the recipient would know to wait for it to go away before applying.

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