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Run! Run!: 09/16/08

Cough cough cough cough. I'm still dragging along with the flu. I'm at the coughing non-stop part of the disease.

Anyway, the excellent September issue of F&SF ends on a cautionary tale called "Run! Run!" by John Aikin.

The story starts with a description of unicorn biology and how her grandfather kept a herd of them at the family farm. Mary, the protagonist explains then the circumstances that led to the unicorns having to leave. Basically it came down to a confrontation between theology and the magic that comes from free thinking. Aikin says it's about "family dynamics and religious oppression" in the interview at the magazine's blog.

I enjoyed Aikin's story but found it also a disturbing warning against the extremists who want to force everyone in this country to conform with their view of the world.

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Comment #1: Wednesday, September, 17, 2008 at 12:20:21

Breeni Books

Hope you feel better soon!

Comment #2: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 18:00:12



Comment #3: Thursday, September, 18, 2008 at 09:40:28


Wow are you dedicated! Get Well Soon!

Comment #4: Friday, September 19, 2008 at 11:55:22


Thanks. I'm over the worst of it. Just have a lingering cough and some congestion.

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