Oh Give Me a Home by Adam Rakunas

Published: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2013

Genre: science fiction

Length: 24 pages

Setting: California, near future

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Our protagonist, Brewster, is breeding/genetically engineering mini-bison as an alternative to genetically engineered cows. Amagco, the main agricultural company, is suing him for infringing on their patents, although it’s really just because he’s providing an alternative to their cows and associated technology. Brewster vows to fight them, although they have many more resources than he does.

Final thoughts: Oooh – genetic engineering in the near-present day. Don’t read too many stories about that topic. I think it was well done, even if it is a thinly veiled complaint against Monsanto. What happens when one company owns all the seeds/animals/antibiotics/fertilizer you need to provide food? They earn a LOT of money, and the regular person suffers. An interesting introduction to the subject for people who don’t pay attention to agriculture.

Title comes from: It’s the first line in the song “Home on the Range” – “Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam.” Brewster is ranching bison (which are the same as buffalo) in the story.

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