"The Parasite and the Widow"

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

J. Matthew Gottwig
J. Matthew Gottwig

First appeared in Nature: Futures

The taxi driver tossed Shelii’s bags through the gate. “I’ve got a long flight back,” he grumbled. “A long flight.” He closed the hatch. The taxi nudged itself away from the small habitat. It arced back towards the peridot planet of Caldera: Shelii’s home for 61 years.

She felt lonely. It hurt to leave. … —

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