by Ben Burgis
Edited by Liz Gorinsky
Cover Artist: Jeff Simpson
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 July 2013
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"Contains Multitudes" by Ben Burgis -- Alex is a typical teenager, except that in this alternate world, Earth lost war to aliens and, to survive, had to allow a generation of children to carry an Other within them.
It's a real presence and Alex and it mostly get along. The Others are not supposed to come out, killing their hosts, until the hosts reach old age, but that doesn't always happen.
Interesting take on real teenage alienation. Sorry, I did not actually intend that pun.