Saturday, July 7, 2018

Overburden, by Genevieve Valentine

Solaris, September 2017 (in Infinity Wars:Infinity Project #6)

Davis is a colonel in a a colonial war, and he dreams of being a general. His wife, Catherine, is enjoying the music and society in the occupied city, and active in charitable organizations. Davis worries that this might make her look too sympathetic to the colonials, and damage his reputation. He authorizes his intelligence officer, Carter, to try to lure some of the opposition forces to the army's side, but he doubts Carter's judgment. He questions the intentions of a soldier who is skimming dead carp off the water nearby, and who occasionally is the soldier who brings him meals.

The problem is not necessarily the people around Davis.

It's an interesting story, and perhaps, depending on how you look at it, a bit less grim than some of the other stories in this anthology.

It is, like all of them, well-written.

I bought the anthology that includes this story.