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Lightspeed Magazine, April 2018 by John Joseph Adams
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Will McIntosh's "What is Eve?" is a Must Read on my rundown of The Best Short SFF of April 2018:

A high-bar issue of Lightspeed that features one award-worthy novelette among the four original stories. Along with the four reprints and the usual cache of reviews and interviews available to all, digital subscribers get a reprint of Suzanne Palmer’s novella “Lazy Dog Out” and an excerpt from Bryan Camp’s new novel The City of Lost Fortunes.
Ben is one of the “good kids” who gets high grades and doesn’t cause trouble and generally trusts the authority figures in his life, though that doesn’t mean he lacks the finely-honed bullshit-o-meter that tweens are naturally gifted with. It comes in handy when he and a bunch of similarly inclined 12-year-olds are shipped off to a new school where they are forced to follow very detailed instructions on how to interact with a unique and completely terrifying new classmate. Will McIntosh is already well established as a master of quirky, high-concept sci-fi, and “What Is Eve?” may be among the best short works he’s ever written. His caustic wit, empathy, and generosity of spirit are on full display here, housed convincingly in his instantly loveable adolescent hero.
I also enjoyed Ruth Joffre’s “Nitrate Noturnes”, in which everyone is born with a digital clock on their arm that tells them when they will meet their soulmate, and Adam-Troy Castro’s “A Place Without Portals”, a title that sadly describes our own world.
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Diane Wallace Great review, Gary!

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