Friday, October 26, 2012

Becalmed by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This is a nice stand-alone short story, set in the Diving universe.

I'll admit right away that I really don't know where it fits in but I have fired off an email to the author asking the question.

Here we follow the story of Mae, a linguist assigned to a diplomatic corps, who is suffering from amnesia caused by PTSD.

It's a chilling story where memories of a massacre keep seeping back into her consciousness. When ever a new memory emerges she wants to retreat and not deal with what she's gone through. But she needs to know ...

Rusch does it again, she's simply flawless in creating believable characters we can care about.

Even though Rusch uses the tired old SF trope of a diplomatic mission to prevent war between two unpronounceable alien cultures, the mission only serves as background for our character's trauma.

The use of flashbacks was intense and I was just as repulsed as Mae by what she remembered.

It was a very good read.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The author's site is HERE

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