“The Star to Every Wandering Barque” by James Stoddard is a story featured in the October/November 2007 issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It’s a brave story for Stoddard to write and for F&SF to publish, as it is not at all cynical, as many of us are these days. Some of us might think it naïve, but I urge you to read it.
The title comes from Shakespeare, I believe, and the star is referring to love. We must work to get attitudes like those expressed in the story to be the prevailing attitudes of our global society. It always seems to me that those who should be our leaders are the people who would least want to have to deal with the historical trappings that come with being those leaders. The jobs seem too dirty for those among us who could actually bring a sense of responsibility to them. Beyond our veil of cynicism and ego, perhaps there is a place like Stoddard describes. Not the kind of writing you see very often.
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