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And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices – Margaret Ronald ****

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Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 117
Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 117 by Neil Clarke

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

**** And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices by Margaret Ronald

The theme of how humanity would react upon first receiving transmissions from an alien culture has been well-trod, but Margaret Ronald revisits this idea with a thoughtful gaze. The story focuses on a mother-son relationship. The mother is a researcher specializing in the scientific study of the communications from the aliens. Her son, she fears, may have joined a far less rational UFO suicide cult. Her worry leads her to abruptly leave a conference to confront him – but what she discovers isn’t quite what she expected.

Ronald is a new author to me; after reading this poignant story I’ll be keeping an eye out for her name.

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