Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Bees of Kiribati, by Warren Hammond

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(SF Mystery) Kaikoa is just a translator, but she wants to understand why a fellow refugee from the drowned Kiribati islands murdered four children. (3,419 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Bees of Kiribati," by (edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Kaikoa gets to the bottom of it, and Teresia is at least partly absolved. The use of babies as an assault vector is clever albeit horrible.

Con: Teresia could have just told the authorities, who might have thought of something to do. Murdering four infants made little difference.

The story ends on an off-note. Atino's statement that they just had one good sting in them makes a terrible statement. Kaikoa and Atino himself both show that there can still be meaningful life after evacuation.

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