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Comments for Circle
The final story in the May issue of FSF is "Circle" by George Tucker and it makes up for the two previous stories.
"Circle" takes place in Miami during the recent real estate boom and it is written with a similar mixture of cynicism, humor and environmentalism as Carl Hiaasen's books are.
Billy Black, the protagonist, is the grandson of a Seminole shaman who decides to use the apparent haunting at a local construction site to his advantage. The way in which Black balances his heritage with his own desire for a piece of the real estate boom pie is what reminds me most positively of Hiaasen.
As Tucker explains in his interview, "The Circle" is based on actual events and he wrote a lengthy back story for Billy Black before finally settling on the twenty pages that make up this story. Having so enjoyed this short glimpse at Billy Black's life, I'd love to see George Tucker expand things either as a series of short stories, or as a novella or perhaps a full fledged novel.
To learn more, please read the interview on the FSF blog.
It's been years since I read that mag. We don't have many Sci Fi magazines here in the UK. "
FSF ships to the UK. They are also doing a promotion right now. If you're willing to blog about their magazine they will send you a free issue."