By Elizabeth Bear
The 12 months is 2062, and after years at the run, Jenny Casey is again within the Canadian defense force. those that have been as soon as her enemies at the moment are her allies, and at fifty, she’s been handpicked for crucial challenge of her life–a undertaking for which her artificially reconstructed physique is ideally suited. With the earth able to maintaining lifestyles for simply one other century, Jenny–as pilot of the starship Montreal–must observe courageous new worlds. And with time working out, she needs to prevail the place others have failed. Now Jenny is stuck in a determined conflict the place previous resentments develop into sour betrayals and justice takes the harshest different types of vengeance. With the aid of an excellent AI, an ex—crime lord, and the fellow she loves, Jenny may get her probability to avoid wasting the realm. If it doesn’t come to an finish first…
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Genie heard her sister's bedroom door click shut and her father's distinctive step in the hallway: light but solid, a big calm animal moving on its toes. She slipped from under the covers and pulled a robe on over her pajamas because it was darker. She made sure her night-light was switched off, squirming a little in the darkness, then thought about her slippers but didn't want to feel around under the bed for them. She cracked the door open and peeked around the edge, covering her mouth with her hand in case she coughed.
I can pick out every voice in the cramped, crowded mess hall, although I can't quite focus on an individual conversation. I wonder if it's similar to what Richard picks up from the aliens—a whisper of party noise, and no sense at all. I catch myself rolling the knife between my hands, staring at the lights reflected in the unsmudged blade. I force myself to look away. My edge is fading and I left the bottle in my cabin. I should put it in my locker down by the scrubbers, but Hyperex is a controlled substance.
Just you bear that in mind. Valens stood by a console at the near wall, touching a miniature microphone almost to his lips. He wasn't speaking, currently, just observing the observers, who seemed entranced with the slowly receding blue-green sphere projected on the wall screens. Gabe drew up beside him and waited for the acknowledgment. A different crop of observers this time. There were children behind him, fifteen, sixteen. Standing on the bridge of an untested starship. This is so fucking wrong, Gabe thought, imagining his own daughter in the place of the girl with Valens's hazel eyes.
Scardown by Elizabeth Bear