‘Sisters Of The Vast Black’ by Lina Rather – highly recommended.

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Lina Rather is an American speculative fiction writer based out of Washington, DC. I think she’s a talent to watch. Her short stories have featured in LightspeedDaily Science Fiction, and Shimmer.

I particularly liked her story ‘Extinctions” in Shimmer, which is online and is also included in Shimmer’s 2017 anthology, which I recommend.

‘Sisters of the Vast Black’ is her debut novella. I found it exciting and moving and filled with real people trying to do the right thing.

The writing is accomplished, confident and accessible. It avoids being either didactic or polemical while still exploring the nature of personal responsibility, service, duty and different ways in which we come to love those we serve with. It positions hierarchy as an instrument for centralising power and reducing individual freedom, making people abdicate their personal judgement and do things they would normally be ashamed of.

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