Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bringing Them Back, by Bruce McAllister

(SF, ~2060) A man reviews drawings and descriptions of animals he knew and loved during his life, updating them to reflect recent changes. Very moving. (1,577 words)

Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

"Bringing Them Back," by appeared in the February 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published , by .

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

Pro: The story begins with the narrator wanting to save the magic of the animals he caught as a child, which he does through drawings. It concludes with him doing the same for his family and ultimately himself. From a simple start, it gradually gets more and more poignant.

Con: The premise is hard to credit: that entire classes of animals could go extinct due to viruses and fungi, but that man would be left until last. Once we see the first extinction dates, we pretty much know what's going to follow.

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