Thursday, May 3, 2018

Behold the Child, by Albert E. Cowdrey

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Psionic SF) When a crooked lawyer gets hold of a telekinetic 5-year-old and uses him to kill political enemies, the boy’s father engages William Warlock to try to get the boy back. (7,898 words; Time: 26m)


"Behold the Child," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 05-06|18, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a nice twist the way Maze goes from unstoppable bad guy to yet another victim.

It’s sad but not surprising to learn of Ned’s death at the end of the story.

Con: Warlock doesn’t have a lot of agency in the story. He and Devi pretty much just watch helplessly while Tommy does all the work.

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