Short Story: Morning Star

 

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ONE SMALL STEP: AN ANTHOLOGY OF DISCOVERIES

 

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Aurealis Award Shortlisted for Best Young Adult Short Fiction

Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award Shortlisted for Short Fiction

Honourable Mention on the Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction List, Twelfth Planet Press

 

Morning Star
Science Fiction

When humanity is decimated by an enigmatic, chronogenetic pathology, cargo pilot Ven is entrusted with the last human in the universe – a boy called Solomon. Chasing rumours of other survivors, Ven and Solomon begin an impossible journey across the constellations, searching for answers, and a new home.

 

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"‘Morning Star’ is by turns funny, poignant and breathtaking: a perfect, original story about humanity, agency, the end of the world and what comes after."

- A Dribble of Ink

 

"This is a science fiction tale that hearkens back to some of the older filled-with-wonder science fiction. It does what science fiction can do best: turns its lens onto humanity itself."

- Aurealis Awards Judges Report

 

"Two robots and a boy on a ship, searching for any other sign of human life should not be as hauntingly, achingly beautiful as Mok has made it. While the writing is simple and understated, the story is raw and painful yet almost lovingly gentle."

- Joelene Pynnonen, Marianne de Pierres blog

 

"I adored this tale of the last of humanity sent out into space to hopefully reach the explorers on the other side of the galaxy. The ending of this almost novella-length story was tremendously satisfying and I’d definitely love to read more by this author."

- A Fantastical Librarian

 

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First published in One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries (FableCroft Publishing).

 

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