The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R. by Benjamin C. Kinney

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: June, 2016 in Strange Horizons (you can read it or listen to it at that link)

Genre: ghost story

Setting: near Chicago, present day, moving thirty years into the future

Summary: Our narrator, Anita, is a ghost stuck in the basement of her house repeating the last argument she had with her husband, Luis, before she died. Whenever she tries to leave and enters sun or moonlight, she vanishes. Anita tries to converse with the people who discover her, but she can only speak in sentences she said near her death. Only one person, Malati, tries to talk to Anita and discover how her ghost form works.

Final thoughts: An interesting story. We see the progression of Anita’s awareness of herself as a ghost and her attempts to communicate. Eventually, she’s able to make a sort of connection with Malati and she decides to help her stay with her girlfriend by proving her existence to the scientific community.

Title comes from: It actually makes more sense once you finish the story. The person referred to in the title is the narrator of the story.


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