On Saturday morning I received a second story rejection from a big-name science fiction magazine, and thought, screw it, I’ll just publish the thing as a Kindle ebook. I present ‘A Solitude of Space’. It’s a hard SF short story of the kind I like to read. I’m really pleased with the way this one turned out.
In it, Commander Harald Sternberg of the spacecraft ‘Beautiful Not’ is thirty-thousand light years from Earth when his life is threatened by a burst of matter from a nearby star. Soon enough, it becomes clear that the threat is to humanity itself.