Originally in : Lightspeed Magazine #82, March 2017
Read in : The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three. (ed Neil Clarke, Nightshade Books 2018).
An excellent, well-written story from Das – go follow the link above and read it.
NuTay and their kin Satlyt are ‘dunyshar’, eking out a living near to a starship port on their planet. Das describes the starships and their ‘takeoff’ beautifully, creating a memorable setting quite different to most spaceports. We find out more about the NuTay and Satlyt, what their relationship is, and who they are, and how they got their, and what their planet is, as the story progresses. And there is some drama at the end of this clever story, and you have got to care about the pair of them even in just a few pages.