Holly Black. Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind). (Lightspeed Magazine #52 September 2014)

beastlyOriginally published in ‘Monstrous Affections – an anthology of beastly tales’, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, not an anthology I’d have thought to have contained straightforward SF.

So good to have it re-published in Lightspeed Magazine. It’s a nicely written story, written in the second person where the ‘you’ to whom the story is being related is a young girl who runs away to space, and finds that indeed there are space pirates and all kinds of adventure, although it doesn’t always have a happy ending.

It starts out as being about the young girl finding her feet in a larger universe than she is familiar with, but there’s a sudden darker turn and she has to find inner reserves, as the reason for the inclusion in an anthology about ‘beastly tales’ become clear…

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