Published: 2016 in the anthology Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge
Genre: science fiction
Setting: an asteroid mining colony above the planet Doralfi, far future
Summary: Liza and her girlfriend Selina are making vacation plans to get away from their difficult mining job. Selina heads down to the planet first and is killed in a shooting at a dance club. Liza makes plans to move away from her mining job and do something better with her life.
Final thoughts: I was amazed how much character building Sharp was able to sneak in to her story without making it feel like an infodump. I felt sorry Liza. She obviously had an easier life at one point and gave it up for a chance at agency. She’s finally found something wonderful (Selina), and that’s taken from her in a random act of violence. My favorite part was how Liza started to heal by playing music. I have also found that playing the piano and even listening to music can be very emotional, and provides a method of healing.
Title comes from: I’m not sure. Maybe it refers to Selina as being a star, shining brightly in Liza’s life?
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