Twiceborn by C. L. Kagmi

Now that I’ve finally written up all of my 2017 books, I’m back to my usual schedule. I’ll get a post about my 2018 reading goals up soon, but Monday means short fiction. I’m still working my way through Event Horizon 2017, so this is the next short story in the collection highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: September, 2016 in Compelling Science Fiction Issue 2

Genre: science fiction

Setting: the exoplanet Bharata, far future

Summary: The story is told from the point of view of Jackson, a microscopic alien that has taken over a human. Jackson is one of the few survivors from an attempt to sterilize Homeworld, it’s home planet, and it has planted a daughter in the mind of a human girl. They have three days for the daughter to be able to control the girl’s mind and body and be able to pass as human. While Jackson is teaching his daughter how to survive, he reminisces on how he got to the point where Homeworld was destroyed and he’s hiding inside a human body, looking to repopulate the world.

Final thoughts: An interesting little first contact story. First contact went horribly wrong for Jackson’s species. Humanity panicked and decided to kill them all. Of course, if you are a microbe that can hide in the brains of its host and slowly transform that host into the perfect vessel, it’s really hard to eliminate all of that species. Even so, it seems there are very few left, and Jackson is implementing a plan to slowly reproduce.

Title comes from: The girl was twiceborn – once as a human baby, and once as an alien baby

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