Story summary.Circumstances ensure teenagers Jack & Kirsten get involved with a mysterious gadget of alien origin that ended up somewhere on earth. This gadget is the "ray-gun" - but it's much more besides being a weapon. Jack will pick it up, though the gadget will affect the lives of both Jack & Kirsten - entangling them romantically as they grow up. Besides having a mysterious purpose of its own.
- Gardner Dozois (Ed)'s "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection" (2009).
- Rich Horton (Ed)'s "Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2009 Edition".
Fact sheet.First published: Asimov's, February 2008.
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Among the preliminary & final Nebula Award 2008 nominees in novelette category.
Nominated for Hugo Award 2009 in novelette category.