Over the Waves by Louise Hughes

sh_headPublished: August, 2012 in Strange Horizons

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 8 pages

Setting: it felt like somewhere in a rain forest, some time in the future

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Sina is a taxi boat captain who takes people down river into the drowned city. Instead of charging money, she’ll usually accept trade of electronics so she can build her own satellite telephone and talk to her family that is still stuck on the colony ship. On her birthday, the gentleman she takes into the city pays her with a battery, and she briefly talks to her mom and sister.

Final thoughts: Nothing too fancy in this story. I like how the world is introduced and explained. It feels like a drowned Earth to me, perhaps after run-away global climate change, but was the colony ship coming in or going out? There’s a nice little story arc that leaves you wondering about the world.

Title comes from: Sina’s a boat captain who takes her fares up and down the river into the drowned city.

 

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