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A Foreign Country: 11/15/08
"The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." (p. 37).
"A Foreign Country" by Wayne Wightman continues the end of year trend of politically themed stories in F&SF. It's written as a memoir over a very strange election and how it affected the entire world.
Imagine if Ross Perot had won. Imagine further that he had unexplained powers like the boy in "It's a Good Life" (Twilight Zone, Season 3, Episode 8). That's the gist of "A Foreign Country."
There's really not much more to this first story of the December issue. It has potential but the narrator just rubs me the wrong way. His incoherent "C+ if... [he works] hard" style of writing gets old fast.