A human on an alien planet reflects on the loss of his wife, who has elected to join the Conflux, the super-advanced raced whose alien technology has brought him to this world. The society in which he is embedded is based around ‘joining’, and he finds his alliances and ties to Earth and humanity being replaced to ties to the new planet and its inhabitants. Short but effective.
- Esther M. Friesner. The One That Got Away. (Asimovs, April/May 2011).
- Jack Skillingstead. The Flow and Dream. (Asimovs, April/May 2011)