As Long as Rain
by Nick Ascroft
The Loopies—two alien species bound to each other in a marriage of convenience—have subdued the human race. Its people sterilised, and pacified with a linguistic disease, the world is a retirement village with Comma nurses waiting on the sick of mind—and sick to the back teeth in the case of Libby Lavers, the only unimpaired HS left. But Libby's escape feels a little easy, a little choreographed.