Short story: “The Retgun”
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“The Retgun,” by Tim Pratt
Appeared in the second anthology of the Unidentified Funny Objects series (edited by Alex Shvartsman); featured in Escape Pod episode 494, June 1st, 2015
This is such a fun idea. I’ve sometimes vaguely wondered what it would be like to see alternate pasts leading to the same present, but I’ve never seen it explored in fiction, let alone to this extent.
I like how it touches on serious ethical issues without getting bogged down, and without treating them too flippantly.