When The Rains Come Back by Cadwell Turnbull, Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June

Mr. Turnbull has been making the rounds of the premier SF and Fantasy magazines lately, and I’ve been quite impressed. While this isn’t one of my favorite offerings by him, it is an interesting look at the ways in which governmental systems could look in the future, as well as how the political alignment of individuals may form.

asf_mayjun2018_400x570In the far future, governments are made up a specific location, instead, they are ideologies people live by. I feel like this could have been expanded into a full book, or maybe even more than one, because the nuances of a world order in which there are governments of all types, anarchy, communism, capitalism, democracy, etc. etc. and every combination of all these, could be the staging ground for some truly existential, transcendent SF.

The story starts with a man and his daughter on an island as part of an anarchist government. He is the representative and takes his daughter to the mainland for something like the United Nations meetings.

Here, there are new trade deals being put in place due to a sweeping draught that has left many people without drinking water, as well as irrigation abilities. This throws a wrench into a small anarchism government, and the little island the protagonist lives on as well.

If there was one thing that didn’t work for me in this piece, it’s, like usual, the ending. This piece jumps 10 years forward and tacks on some kind of family drama. However, I think it could have done without it and played up the political theater more, as the world was what was the most interesting aspect of this piece.