Monday, December 28, 2015

Margin Of Survival, by Elizabeth Bear

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(SF) After the collapse of civilization, Yana sneaks into a military base to hunt for food. Not that the folks in the base will be willing to share. (6,700 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Margin Of Survival," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: It's well-written, and does properly conclude when Yana returns with the food.

Con: We aren't given any reason to believe that Yana is insane up until we find that her sister has been dead for quite some time. The side-plot with freeing the biologist doesn't really contribute anything either.

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