A genetically-modified prepubescent 40-year old cabin boy with a penchant for Hollywood movies, strikes up a relationship with an opera-loving passenger on the Confederation Starship Lakshmi. There is a -very- alien vessel threatens them at a wormhole transfer station, but the resolution of that threat lies in their interests, expertise and motivation. It’s an interesting take on space opera, with unusual and intriguing characters.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The Possession of Paavo Deshin. (Analog Jan/Feb 2010)
- Molly Gloss. Unforeseen. (Asimovs April/May 2010)