Come-From-Aways

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“Come-From-Aways”
ON SPEC, #76, vol 21 no 1, Spring 2009. (science fiction short story)
Reprinted in The Time Traveller’s Almanac, 2013 (Head of Zeus) and 2014 (Tor)

“I could well imagine him to be an ancient prince.”

The Year’s Best SF and Fantasy, 2010 Recommended Reading

Reviews

The Spring On Spec has finally arrived, with nice pieces from Jack Skillingstead and Tony Pi…Pi’s “Come-From-Aways” is about a linguistics professor in Newfoundland who risks her career – and eventually much more – when she decides that a strange shipwrecked man is really the 11th century Welsh Prince Madoc. — Rich Horton, LOCUS Magazine (July 2009)

My favorite [On Spec] story this year was Tony Pi’s “Come-From-Aways” (Spring), about a linguistics professor in Newfoundland who risks her career when she decides that a strange shipwrecked man is really the 11th Century Welsh Prince Madoc. — Rich Horton, 2009 yearly summaries

My favourite piece in the Spring 2009 issue was Tony Pi’s “Come-From-Aways” about a Viking ship that washes up in a Newfoundland harbour with a single survivor on board. Tony Pi, a linguist by profession, handles the technical material well without swamping the reader, and the ending is up-beat and satisfying. — James Doig, Horrorscope

‘Come-From-Aways’ is an enjoyable yarn by Tony Pi in which a Viking long-boat washes up in Newfoundland and a forensic linguist tries to identify the origins of the only survivor on board. The insight into linguistics and the glimpses of local history and culture are fascinating. Is the mariner a prankster or has he really travelled through time? As the story develops and with it the possibilities that the voyager’s arrival suggests, the story takes on a marvellous spirit of adventure culminating in an endearing and satisfying conclusion. — Gareth D. Jones, SF Crowsnest

Favourite Stories of 2009…Come-From-Aways by Tony Pi — Gareth D. Jones, The Science of Fiction

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