Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Incident at San Juan Bautista, by Ray Nayler

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Time Travel) August has come to town to kill a man, but first he decides to spend the night with a woman. (5,325 words; Time: 17m)

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"Incident at San Juan Bautista," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.584 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The account of August’s background isn’t speculative, but it’s interesting nonetheless. It’s rather amusing that although he finds a companion for his journey, it’s not quite what he probably wanted.

Con: It’s a long time before the story seems to have any speculative content at all. Once it does, August suddenly ceases to have any meaningful role.

It's hard to decide if this is fantasy or SF; the way Madeline's spirit returns to the past over and over, possessing different human bodies seems more like magic than anything else.

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