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Author: James Patrick Kelly
Publisher: Tachyon Publications, 2014
Ace Books, 2001
Golden Gryphon Press, 1997
W. W. Norton, 1993
Tor, 1991
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1986

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Hugo-, Nebula-, and SF Chronicle-nominated Short Story

In a hard-edged cyberpunk future, a courier is has stolen a load of the most dangerous, most dazzling drug ever invented and is smuggling it into New York City. Pursued by a hired hit woman disguised as a young girl and a federally-appointed vigilante, he must find his way through the mean streets of Manhattan to his lair. He is ruthless, amoral, and a rat. Not just figuratively, but literally: a two-foot-long, walking, talking rat. Hearing is believing.

This story was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 1986, collected in Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997), and anthologized in Future on Fire (1991), The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction, 1960-1990 (1993), Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001), and The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Volume 2 (2014). It is included in the collection Masters of Science Fiction: James Patrick Kelly (2016).


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