A shorter & less drastic variation on Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Vintage Season". Very well executed, but I'm puzzled why the author, a fellow Mumbaikar, felt shy of using Indian names for characters?
Last 2 paragraphs are needless. Author probably didn't realize when the story was over.
Story summary.Eric Goldberg reluctantly admitted the stranger named Phillip Kantor who wanted to talk to him about an old paper of Eric's at this late hour. Resulting academic discussion was very interesting, until Eric realized the ominous implications...
Fact sheet.First published: The Scientific Indian, 23 November 2008.
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Added to my best of the year 2008 list.