Donte is a veteran and a colonist on a struggling new world under a hot young flare star. For most of the colonists, the struggle is in coaxing crops out of the alien soil and avoiding the radiation of the flares. But for Donte, he must also deal with the lingering trauma of war -- and a body that feels skinned alive without the armor he once wore in the army.
Science Fiction, Sci fi, scifi, Speculative Fiction, fiction, PTSD, phantom limb syndrome, wounded, wounded veteran, veteran, alienation, black, African-American, hijab, burka, burqa, gender, Islam, Islamic, social division, narcotics, painkillers, prescription drugs, addiction, drug addiction, prescription drug addiction, suicide, suicidal ideation, hopelessness, hallucination, dream, nightmare, drug induced, psychosis, space colony, interstellar colony, space travel, FTL, FTL travel.
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'My Name Is Gerald' is a short story of about 5300 words.
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Dawn and Tarik have had a long-range relationship---an interstellar one, with days or weeks passing between messages. Tarik is determined that it is finally time to meet in person. Dawn, however, has a secret: the two are much farther apart than mere light-years can measure.
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Rudy has the honor of being one of the first permanent human colonists on Mars. Sonya plans to follow him in a year so they can be among the first to be married on the Red Planet... but Rudy's brother Aaron has been keeping a secret that may throw those plans into a cocked hat...
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