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: May, 2016 at AE
Genre: science fiction short story
Setting: East Neptune Space Station, future
Summary: Short version: Alya meets Rigel when he steals an expensive item from her shop
Long version: A kid steps into Alya’s store, eyeing the expensive Button wristbands she has displayed up front. She has so many because her great-grandson invented the Button and gave her some limited edition wristbands. The kid manages to steal the priciest one, as expected, without setting off her alarms, not expected. She tracks him down and offers him a job after she gets the wristband back.
Final thoughts: A delightful story that just goes to show how much you can tell in such a short time. I got a great sense of the narrator. She’s older (has great-grandkids), but hasn’t given up on trying new technology. She’s also not as hard-hearted as she appears. After all, she gives the kid a job when he tells her his sad story. I can definitely see this as the opening to a novel about Alya.
Title comes from: The plot