This story was a winner in the “L Ron Hubbard presents the Writers of the Future” contest, and first appeared in Writers of the Future Volume XXVI (details).
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Izzy’s new job aboard a solar station orbiting Earth becomes more complicated when she begins receiving cryptic messages from a ghost. This story was a winner in the “L Ron Hubbard presents the Writers of the Future” contest, and first appeared in Writers of the Future Volume XXVI.
APPEARED Writers of the Future XXVI
(First Place (3rd Quarter))
The Assistant responsible for the primary thruster arrangement killed itself just ten days after Izzy arrived on the solar station. The panicked chatter of the other Assistants prevented them from continuing with their own duties.
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Knowles writes with a fresh outlook on sci-fi and has created a strange new world that sounds daunting even if it is far away.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had the right mix of science fiction (robots, set in space, creepy quasi-‘net) with the psychological mind tricks that outstanding harder science fiction should play with your mind.
Obvious to see why this won a contest. Excellent world-building in a novella. Good heroine, interesting plot.
When Izzy left Earth to work on the solar station, she found challenges amid the native Offworlders
I don’t mind science fiction, but I’m not a huge fan, unless the writing is really good. Digital Rights kept me interested. I was hooked right away, and I didn’t stop reading until I finished, despite its being fairly long for a short story at 12K words. There are a number of really good things about the story.