Thursday, June 19, 2008

Gardner Dozois' "Flash Point" (short story, non-genre, free): Enumeration of violent incidents in a town

Surprising part was finding it listed in SciFiction's Classics section. At least I cannot see anything that justifies its tagging as a classic. It's a very ordinary story, & told in a language non-Americans will find a bit hard.

Ben Jacobs is a handyman in some small town. Story tells us of a day in his life - comprising of a lot of random violent incidents including road rage & sacrifice of a baby by some cultists, plus his random socializing.

Fact sheet.

First published: Damon Knight (Ed)'s "Orbit 13", 1974.
Rating: C
Download full text from Internet Archive.
Included in Ellen Datlow's Sci Fiction classics.