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Hugo Award Winner for Best Novelette (2000)

A small boy struggling in the thick of the Cold War is thrown into the middle of the struggle to preserve humanity.
ebook, 26 pages
Published June 2000 by Fictionwise (first published 1999)
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Dione Basseri
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
"If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?" --Stephen Hawking

This story answers that in a pretty horrifying way. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a young boy finds a strange man on his family's land, and lets him stay in their fallout shelter. Even as the boy prepares for nuclear Armageddon, the future fugitive tries to create a better future for his world. And he only has one chance.

A pretty disturbing piece. By the end, you're sure that, no matter what the ti
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Peter Tillman
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
That's "10 to the 16th to 1". Clarkesworld reprint:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kelly...
3.5 stars, maybe more. Not reread recently. Hugo for Best Novelette, 2000.

Bonus: http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories...
The Edge of Nowhere (Asimov's, June 2005)
--novelette by James Patrick Kelly
Featured in Hartwell & Cramers’s ‘Year’s Best SF 11’.
Featured in Richard Horton’s ‘SF: The Best of the Year 2006’.

Very cool story, about reality distortion at the Casa de la Laughing Cookie and Very Memorial L
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Andreea Daia
This is the story of a twelve-year-old boy who, on October 20, 1962, encounters in the back of his house a visitor from the future. The date is important, since the visitor seems particularly interested in President Kennedy's authorization of the naval quarantine of Cuba.

10 to the 16 to 1 is a well written short story with attention to character analysis, but... I was expecting something more.
Gary
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Gee Walley, the Beev almost saves the world?
A fantasy of a kid who is told by a time traveler how to save the world. I suppose a lot of us have these.
Eija
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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James Patrick Kelly (please, call him Jim) has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his nove ...more
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