Genevieve Valentine. A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Seven)

strahansevenOriginally online on Clarkesworld Magazine, and still there.

An elegant little gem from Valentine, set on the moon Europa, which is a waystation for a desperate humanity. The protagonist welcome the isolation there, seeks it out, but in his short comms with Bangalore Ground Control, Valentine paints a picture of humanity on both a personal, and macro, looking at both the importance of names to things, and also harking back to Galileo and his early observations. Well worth half an hour of your to read it.

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