A Human’s Life by George Nikolopoulos

This week promised to be the regular kind of busy instead of the crazy kind of busy, so I’m back to my usual blog posting schedule. As such, today’s post 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: September, 2016 in Galaxy’s Edge: Issue 22. It’s was also featured on an episode of StarShipSofa, if you prefer to listen to your short fiction as I do.

Genre: science fiction

Setting: the planet Pandaesia, far future

Summary: Short version: An alien’s guide to owning a human

Long version: The author wrote a pet ownership guide. The scifi twist is instead of getting a parrot or puppy, the reader is getting a human. It goes through all the important details of pet ownership – adopt, don’t shop! neuter your pet, play with them daily, and feed them only the best food.

Final thoughts: This is a short but amusing read. I even read it to the kids the other. Having all the typical dog or cat training information turned around to humans totally changes the feel of the instructions, but I can totally see them applying. Sadly, there’s not description of the aliens (beyond the fact that they can safely consume arsenic and polonium) so I couldn’t picture them in my head while I was reading. It’s not really necessary, but I would have enjoyed that addition as well.

Title comes from: It’s an instructional pamphlet about owning a human as a pet

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