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"Buzzy Gone Blue"
© IASFM, May 1984
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Cell Call"
© By Moonlight Only, ed. S. Jones, 2003
--short fiction : 2004 Int. Horror Guild
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"Faust Forward"
© F&SF, Mar 1987
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

"Four Hundred Boys"
© OMNI, Nov 1983
Mirrorshades, 1987 -a
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ shock value


"Gasoline Lake"
© F&SF, Oct 1991
--/ cool f novella

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"Jane"
© Sci Fiction, Feb 2005
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ shock value


Solid story from a great writer. I always enjoy Laidlaw's creations, as he subtly sinks a screwdriver into your head and then pulls it out with a gleeful twist, when the cumulative mass of the story's details explodes like green jelly all over your mind, spiking your life functions and sinking a wicked olive of an idea into your long-term memory. :) Well, maybe this is an exaggeration, but... This is a wolf-in-a-sheep's-clothing type of a story. It only hints of atrocities in a strange and post-apocalyptic (perhaps) world, where our troubled protagonist girl roams and runs, but then brings them home with a familiar "I am your father, Luke, like-it-or-not" feel of some hidden family horror and oppression. Themes of blindness and "returning falcons" are prominent, and it all sinks in a murky, lush, deliciously crazy and paranoid narrative, which is a joy in itself. Recommended.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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"Middleman's Rent"
© F&SF, April 1988
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

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