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Petri Parousia: 01/29/08
The fourth story in the February issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine is called "Petri Parousia" and is written by Matthew Hughes.
"Petri Parousia" is a classic example of the sorts of shaggy dog stories Isaac Asimov prided himself on. Parousia is Greek for "second coming." This second coming is by way of the petri dish.
The story is narrated by Dr. James Feltham who is conned into going into business with his ex college roommate, Wally Applethorpe. Feltham relays the events in the lab as if he's having a conversation with us, the reader. The tone is up beat and events unfold quickly to a predictable but satisfying punchline.