Digital Rights



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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

2010

(First Place (3rd Quarter))

EXCERPT
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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Reviews

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.

Sandra Scholes at SF Site


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.

Krista at Amazon


Obvious to see why this won a contest. Excellent world-building in a novella. Good heroine, interesting plot.

Carol at Smashwords


When Izzy left Earth to work on the solar station, she found challenges amid the native Offworlders

Reviewed by Clare Deming at ScienceFictionMusing


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.

Read review at Shark’s Short Story Reviews


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  • http://blog.brentknowles.com Brent Knowles

    This story was my first professional sale. The protagonist Izzy is trying to survive as the newest member of a power generating station in space… a station she thinks is haunted because a ghost soon begins sending her strange messages.

    The core mechanic of memory transference is used in another story of mine — John’s list (though under an entirely different circumstance).

    I won a first place finish in the Writers of the Future Contest with ‘Digital Rights’… that fantastic experience is described on some of my other pages, including this one: http://blog.brentknowles.com/2010/09/03/the-writers-of-the-future-week-page-of-lists/