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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Atlantis Gate by Greg Donegan
Best-Loved Art From American Museums by Patricia Failing
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Counterfeit Gentleman by Clarence Budington Kelland
Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment by M. Rickert
Falling Angel by Eugene Mirabelli
Fatal Vows by Joseph Hosey
Finders Seekers by Gayle Greeno
A Foreign Country by Wayne Wightman
Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
It's About Your Friend by Phillip Scott
Leave by Robert Reed
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Only Known Jump Across Time by Eugene Mirabelli
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Planetesimal Dawn by Tim Sullivan
Requiem of the Author of Frankenstein by Molly Dwyer
Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo V
The Scarecrow's Boy by Michael Swanwick
Strike Anywhere by Dean Young
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Walking the Rainbow by Richard René Silvin
The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan
Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins


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Comments for The Scarecrow's Boy

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionThe Scarecrow's Boy: 11/11/08

I have to wonder if the recent election results with influence a trend of more hopeful stories in future issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction. "The Scarecrow's Boy" by Michael Swanwick, the last story of the October / November issue, is decidedly dystopian. With its political upheaval and all machines being robots on a wireless grid, I'm reminded of "The Voluntary State" by Christopher Rowe.

A young boy, Pierre, is found running through a field by a robot turned scarecrow by his master. For whatever reason (perhaps the unspoken but generally agreed upon Three Laws of Robotics), the scarecrow thinks beyond his initial programming and the orders he is receiving over the grid. Rather than turning in the boy who is an enemy of the state for political reasons, the scarecrow convinces the other robots he works with to help the boy cross the border.

Being an American I first assumed that the story was a flight from the United States north towards Canada. Neither nation is named so it could just as easily be a flight south or more universally a flight from any country to a neighboring one.

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