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Fri Jun 19, 2020, 06:22 PM

"It Came From Cruden Farm" (sci fi with a political twist)

A short story about humanity’s first encounter with a very disturbing alien.
by Max Barry

Each month, Future Tense Fiction—a series of short stories from Future Tense and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination about how technology and science will change our lives—publishes a story on a theme. The theme for January—March 2020: politics.

Illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Danique Dohmen/Unsplash.

After the inauguration, the speeches, and the four-jet flyover, the new president walked back toward the Capitol building, clasping his wife’s hand. “That was good, yes?” he said.

“They love you,” said the first lady.

He smiled modestly, but it was true; they did love him. All the way to the National Statuary Hall, where he would mingle with dignitaries for a few minutes before heading to the White House, people stood and applauded.

“Huge crowd,” said Damon, his campaign adviser. “Almost 2013 Obama.”

“Bigger,” said Clara, his press secretary. “Almost 2009 Obama.”

“Almost as big as Trump said his was,” said Damon.

Read more: https://slate.com/technology/2020/02/it-came-from-cruden-farm-max-barry-short-story.html

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