A first appearance in Asimovs for Jernigan, and it’s a good one. Not an uplifting story by any means, as it follows the remnants of humanity, our homeworld and race all but annhilated by an alien race. Arihant, or what is left of him, is an ethereal creature, in servitude on a spaceship which travels between the many inhabitated planets out there, selling similarly disembodied fellow human survivors as souls in projection cubes, to entertain those who buy them. The story addresses his response to his situation, his relationship with a fellow human, and his aggressive owner. It’s well-written, and assured.
- Cory Doctorow. The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 5).
- Asimovs. August 2011.