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2015 Story 301

Today’s story comes from the audiobook Metatropolis: Green Space, the final volume in the series, edited by Jay Lake:

301. MIDWAY RELICS AND DYING BREEDS by Seanan McGuire.  While all of the stories deal in some way with how the world has changed (both before the initial anthology and in the character years since), it’s probably no surprise that McGuire’s is one that shows how the common person is affected. In that respect, it matches very well with John Scalzi’s story in the first anthology and Mary Robinette Kowal’s in the second: focusing on every day people attempting to continue to do their jobs and live normal lives even in the face of such large-scale cultural and economic shifts. McGuire sets her tale amongst the carnival world. Ansley is an animal-wrangler in her family’s traveling carnival, and her prime charge is a genetically cloned giant (and formerly extinct) mammal. Ansley feels as out of place as her charge, blundering through a world she’s not sure she understands any longer. Prepare to have your emotions yanked all over the place with this one.

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