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While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals, middle-grade, and non-fiction.
I'm between audiobooks, so I listened to two excellent stories from EscapePod this week.
The first was EscapePod 433, That Other Sea by William Ledbetter. I was intrigued by the description of the truly alien beings, and the drive to explore.
From his position on the sandy slope, Catat couldn’t see the Visitor, but the eerie glow moving around beyond the jumbled rocks proved the device had survived its fall into the killing depths. Catat whipped his tail to move downward, but couldn’t generate enough thrust to overcome the water pressure pushing him into the sand. Only the brute force of side-to-side undulation gave him any forward momentum. He moved two body lengths and stopped to let his shell adjust. -
The second was this week's episode, EscapePod 450 Validictorian by N.K Jemisin. In this story a young woman is coming of age in a dystopia where the "people" live behind the firewall to escape the enemy and the 20 worst of every class along with the one best are "culled."
There are three things Zinhle decides, when she is old enough to understand. The first is that she will never, ever, give less than her best to anything she tries to do. The second is that she will not live in fear. The third, which is perhaps meaningless given the first two and yet comes to define her existence most powerfully, is this: she will be herself. No matter what. For however brief a time.
I don't know if this will be too much of a spoiler, but there were moments in the story that reminded me of Sarah Zettel's novel Fool's War.
See more at: http://escapepod.org/#sthash.P5L9nFXo.dpuf
Valedictorian is also included in the anthology After