» Voted fourth best story of 2013 in the Interzone annual Readers’ Poll.
» Reprinted in The Best British Fantasy 2014, edited by Steve Hayes.
The new apprentice was a slight, childish figure, maybe 150cm tall and massing about 50 kilos. She clung to a grabrail and glared at us. She looked nauseous. She wasn’t what I’d hoped for.
The Gaffer said what we were all thinking: “Great. They’ve sent us a little girl. She’s no good to us. Did you know about this, Peggy?”
I shook my head and sighed. I was too old to wrangle teenagers. The Earthside contractor we worked for had embraced the New Modern Apprentice scheme. They got government subsidies, tax breaks, and good PR. We got a stream of unemployed — possibly unemployable — youngsters. This was the youngest yet.
Gardner Dozois, Locus Magazine, June 2013
"In terms of SF as social commentary, it’s bang on the money. The sort of thing which, really, more people should be reading."
Matthew S. Dent, A Mad Man With a Blog
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