The Third Party

The best piece in this issue.
Rich Horton, Locus
The scope of the story is huge, and it’s full of intriguing ideas.
Jeremy Lyon, Tangent Online

He closed the folder. “It’s an interesting idea of help you people have, professor,” he said.

“I didn’t say we were here to help you,” Cicero said.

The Special gave him an appraising look. “Point taken,” he said. “Who, then? The islanders? The criminal classes?”

“Your grandchildren,” Cicero said. “And your grandchildren’s grandchildren.”

The Special snorted. “Out of the goodness of your hearts, I suppose.”

“Call it that if you like,” Cicero said.

“How noble of you,” the Special said. “My grandchildren didn’t ask for your help, professor. And they don’t need it.”

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