Writers of the Future XXVI
As the Krees and the humans of Tora are at war, Lt Ashia secretes mushrooms discovers for a medicine that will ease her son’s pain, but Kurtas, her son, sells it to addicts. While the society is not unusual in the genre--women are judges and warriors, men sperm donors and nannies--but Baker creates some complex tension in a tight space. Ashia does not want Hector to have credit for siring her child, so she has her son apply for genetic paternity testing, which he agrees to if she’ll bring him more mushrooms. Meanwhile, Hector’s DNA matches the child than he ought to and Kurtas has fallen in with another addict.
Good use of a different society.