Take a Left at the Cretaceous by Mark Finn

Continuing my Monday short fiction reviews, it’s time for another story from Rayguns Over Texas

Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas.

Genre: speculative fiction

Setting: the Texas-Mexico border, near future

Summary: Our narrator is a courier in a broken world. The asteroid impact in the Cretaceous Period that wiped out the dinosaurs also opened a rift in the space-time continuum, allowing dinosaurs to stream into the modern world. Between the physical damages from the rift opening, and the sudden influx of dinosaurs in North America, there’s been a few changes to society. Texas, which broke away from the rest of the U.S., agreed to work with Mexico to keep all the dinosaurs south of the border. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s working pretty well, at least until some dinosaur lovers decide to start smuggling dinosaurs into the U.S. so they can live up to their full potential. Our narrator is just trying to make his delivery without getting eaten or crushed by dinosaurs.

Final thoughts: This was a fun story. I was willing to believe in a space-time rift that allows dinosaurs to move into our world. It was a more plausible idea than having dinosaurs never go extinct and yet have our world evolve exactly the same, which is where I thought the story was going. It is in the tradition of a loner, accompanied only by his faithful dog, making runs through dangerous territory. Turns out, in this case, the danger is provided by dinosaurs. A bit bigger of a problem than your usual drug runners or gangs. Highly enjoyable.

Title comes from: The dinosaurs were entering our world from the Cretaceous Period and the story was about a courier trying to make a delivery through dinosaur-infested lands.

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