This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.
Published: October, 2018 in Fireside Magazine (you can read it for free at that link)
Genre: science fiction short story
Setting: near future
Summary: An abstract on autonomous vehicles reveals the death of the author’s child in the footnotes
Final thoughts: This is a short story that takes advantage of hyperlinks and benefits from being read online. The main part of the story is only a paragraph long. However, each sentence has multiple footnotes that reveal a story behind the research. The author’s daughter was obviously killed by an autonomous vehicle that chose to save an endangered woodpecker over a child. The author is just as obviously upset that the vehicle would make that choice. Editor’s notes on the writing further reveal a friend who is concerned about the author’s response to the incident.
Title comes from: STET is an editing term used to indicate to a printer that they should ignore the editor’s comments and stick with the original wording.