The Ray-Gun: A Love Story
|"The Ray-Gun: A Love Story"|
|Author||James Alan Gardner|
|Genre(s)||Science fiction novelette|
|Published in||Asimov's Science Fiction|
|Publication date||February 2008|
"The Ray-Gun: A Love Story" is a science fiction novelette published in 2008 by James Alan Gardner. It won the 2009 Theodore Sturgeon Award. It was nominated for the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette as well as the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.
The story is about an unpopular teenage boy who finds an alien ray gun in the forest. Although he does not do much with the gun contemplating its design or use, and handling the ray-gun when alone, gives his life more direction and purpose. The story has some elements of "coming of age" stories in that it follows an adolescent becoming an adult, PhD student, and ultimately finding love. The ray-gun played a role in the direction of his life in all these things. However in the end the ray-gun itself is abandoned as too dangerous or no longer needed.
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- The LOCUS Index to SF Awards