Justina Robson. Cracklegrackle. (New Space Opera 2)

Excellent story. After an inconclusive investigation into the disappearance of a group of terraformers on Mars, of whom his daughter was one, Mark Bishop takes on a job that requires him to work with a post-human. The story gets into his head, one that is reeling with the loss of his daughter, and a very gut-level, primeval reaction to the totally alien creature whose claims of being in touch with a powerful force embedded across our galaxy he has to explore.

The writing is top quality, displaying Bishop’s confusion, alienation, and struggle to come to terms with the situation, which gets increasingly bizarre. In particular, the story finishes show him spiralling into mental distress.

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