Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Swallows of the Storm, by Ray Nayler


(Alien Mystery) Something has been drilling long, narrow holes through plants, animals, even rocks, and Dr. Nino gives the US Senate a report on what it was about. (6,847 words; Time: 22m)

"The Swallows of the Storm," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 122, published on .

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Review: 2020.367 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It definitely gets points for presenting inscrutable aliens. As the story says, most aliens you find in stories are really just human beings in drag, but in this story, I could well believe the aliens were vastly more advanced than us, conducting a sampling mission for reasons we might not ever comprehend.

Con: There’s not really a story here. Dr. Nino pretty much seems to have it figured out all along; the only tension is waiting for her to explain it to us. Once we do understand it, there’s nothing for humans to do but ignore it.

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