Sunday, December 19, 2010

New short story: "Frontier Minerva" by Anne Spackman

The December 2010/January 2011 issue of Aphelion: The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy has an interesting new short story titled “Frontier Minerva” (2010), written by Anne Spackman. Set in the Minerva colony on Mars, the story revolves around cops and curfews. Here are the opening lines:
THERE was no possibility of making it to the residential dome before curfew. I had been working late going over some videowork in my regulator's office, decomposing falsified video evidence being used in the highly-publicized case of Minerva Corps versus Dr. Mezzini, once a prestigious member of Minerva Corps before his criminal incarceration and on-going trial, when the curfew announcement descended upon the business dome. Some people welcome the sound of the curfew announcement, that same collection of saccharine words delivered at the end of every work day in a female monotone by the colony's automated city center. Me, I hate it...
Anne Spackman taught science fiction and fantasy writing at the Writing Center at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City before the school closed the center in June 2010.

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