Author: Frances Pauli
Word Count: 20,040
Page Count: 82
Size: 5" x 8"
Cover Artist: Oku
Publication Date: October 2020
This title was the recipient of a 2020 Coyotl Award and 2020 Leo Literary Award for "Best Novella".
A strange ship lands on Paris V, ten years after the plague world has been abandoned by all except one left behind General Labor android unit. All GL wants is to be free, but when the crew of the Sleuthstar discovers her stowed away on board, she's confronted by a trio of suspicious ursines and a very uncertain future.
Can GL convince them to let her earn her passage? Can she find her place among the Sleuthstar's crew? At this point, she'd settle for not being thrown out of the airlock.
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”Rightful Salvage” is a cute story about an android (GL) that stows away aboard a spaceship flown by three alien bears. The first few pages sets you up to roll your eyes that GL is simply Goldielocks and that the entire story will follow the original fable. But then Francis Pauli abandons that prank to weave a tale about forgiveness and whether you could ever learn to trust someone who greets you with treachery. The motivations are clear and well thought out. The characters are likable and sympathetic. I especially enjoyed those scenes told from the bear point-of-views so you could see how they differ from that of a human storyteller. It’s not a long story by any means, but it is enjoyable and worth your time.