…if my suspicions were correct the world was about to get even more interesting than usual.
Although “Ware of the Worlds,” by Michael Alexander, is comedic, I felt a dark heart beneath the humorous surface. In the story, mysterious objects land around the world. These objects, it turns out, are capable of granting wishes–any wishes, of anyone nearby.
Most of the wishes are exactly what the reader would expect. Indeed, my criticism of the story would be that it unfolds in a predictable direction once the wish-granting ability of the objects is understood. Still, it says something that the progress is both deadly and predictable. People, we correctly predict, are a danger to ourselves and others.
“Ware of the Worlds” can be found in the November/December 2010 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction