“Bad things happens to men who marry the desert.”
Spoiler: Horror. Zombies. Shape-shifters. No, thank you. Can’t imagine why so much horror among 2017 Hugo Award finalists. This is a novelette.
“One time isn’t a pattern.”
Well-told from the point of view of the young shapeshifter. Good writing.
“Don’t pin your hopes on dreams.”
The cover art is of the magazine this appeared in, and has nothing to do with this story.
“Don’t do anything stupid.”