There might be more talented short fiction writers publishing today than any time in history. Even the most voracious reader can’t read them all. (Trust us, we’ve tried). Still, when we read the summer edition of The Missouri Review, the work of Rajeev Balasubramanyam, a British novelist, stood out. His story, “Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss,” about a famous Nobel-hungry economist, is slyly funny and subtly heartbreaking, ideologically provocative and rhetorically gentle. Balasubramanyam writes with the tonal control of an old master, darting seamlessly between internal thoughts and external action. His work reminds us that it’s not the size of the audience that counts, it’s the beauty of the creation.