"A mythology grew up around the Ferrymen, fostered by a mystique which they wrapped around themselves. Some thought them amoral servants of a ruling elite, sanctioned to undertake work beyond legitimate resolution; others with more fanciful imaginations – or who were more devout, depending on your point of view – believed them emissaries of Evil, with a capital E."
Could the Ferrymen become real in your lifetime? Should they? Read this thoughtful and disturbing near-future science fiction story and decide for yourself.
This was a fantastic short story. "Well-written" doesn't even begin to describe Ferryman; it's engrossing. The simple, clean style perfectly highlights our precise protagonist. If this future Edwards presents to us does in fact become a reality, the character he describes is exactly the type of person who would become a Ferryman: highly competent with the hint of a god complex.
What's especially clever about this story is how the author presented different moral points of view. Instead of throwing everything in your face, he creates side characters that each embody a certain moral position with regard to how people would feel about Ferrymen. I don't want to give away too much, but suffice to say that all of the arguments for or against Ferrymen are presented with the mere presence of certain personality types and/or job descriptions. This was certainly an impressive display of writing skill.
I highly recommend this story. It's definitely one that will stay with you after reading it.
Reviewed by Alain Gomez