Friday, February 19, 2010
"Draw" by Pati Nagle
Sometimes you read a short story and just know that it is in a particular magazine. While reading "Draw" I had to keep double checking the cover to see if I had picked up Analog. It reminded me of a typical Analog problem solving story. It is not an insult. Personally, I enjoy Analog.
"Draw" seems like it was inspired by the old Winston Science Fiction series. It features a young protagonist in a strange environment. He is worried that his father will not survive if he waits for the authorities so he takes matters into his own hands. This is a classic science fiction plot. The author does a good job with it. It is not the kind of story that will win awards but it is fun to revisit this style. I would like to see more stories like this.