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Short story – “Particle Theory” by Edward Bryant

Analog February 1977“Particle Theory” by Edward Bryant was first published in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, February 1977. I read it in the collection The Legend Book of Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois and published in 1991.

The story of the end of the universe, I think. And a man undergoing an experimental procedure to zap his prostate cancer with a pion beam.

It is a story that jumps about in time a bit, and I’m not sure I followed it very well or fully understood the ending. Perhaps a grounding in science would help? Anyway, I enjoyed it and there was much about the way it is written that will inform my writing. I enjoyed the conversational tone, but the physics was beyond me.

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