Get it while it’s hot – “Packrat Machine” is now
live archived at Perihelion SF. (Download: packrat-machine.pdf) (The original title was “The Packrat Machine,” but the editor prefers not to begin story titles with that particular definitive article, so there you are.)
I’ve already talked about the challenges I faced in this story’s exposition here.
For now, I’ll just say that this story wandered the desert for quite a few years, and I’m happy it’s found a home. Early reader responses have been very positive.
It was a fun story to write, and a bear to edit. Enjoy!