Word count: 2525 Got a little writing done at the square dance tonight. After thinking about the “Dalek” problem for a while I think I’ve figured out a way around it… using the same transmission method, but slower and more subtle so it’s not as easily spotted. Also changing the characters’ attitude toward aspects of the disease to make it harder for them to implement the block. This is not an AIDS metaphor, I swear.
David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Nebula Award winning novel Arabella of Mars, sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus and Arabella the Traitor of Mars, and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.