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Andrea K Höst

Australian writer of science fiction and fantasy.
Proto Zoa - Lois McMaster Bujold Five very different stories."Barter" is a comedic story about a harassed mother. I'm afraid I found little sympathy for the overwhelmed mother (who seemed to dislike her entire family) and didn't like her solution."Garage Sale" started better. Who hasn't suffered through a horrible neighbour? But, again, the solution bothered me. No matter even the treatment of the cat, this veered abruptly into fairytale logic to make the garage sale "without consequence" for the protagonist, and was a kind of murder."The Hole Truth" is another comedic story, but more light-handed and with a better punch line."Dreamweaver's Dilemma" is interesting enough SF, but I found the play of "artistic impractical female" who needs the help of "taciturn practical man" to be displaying the decade the story was written in."Aftermaths" is by far the strongest story of the quintet.