Sean Monaghan is a New Zealand writer, though most of his stories are published elsewhere. With more than one hundred stories, in print, online, on broadcast radio and podcast, he varies from literary to science fiction. His stories include "Walking Gear" in Asimov's, and "Quisic Smith and the Russian Puzzle Doll" in Perihelion. He was the 2014 Grand Prize winner in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest. Web: seanmonaghan.com
Good fun story, with very dark overtones. Slade is a more complex character than I would have expected - not perfect, not necessarily likeable, but very pragmatic and practical, and certainly engaging.