Rightful Salvage - Paperback

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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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  • 5
    Short, sweet, and perfectly crafted

    Posted by Anonymous Cat on Oct 18th 2021

    I loved this novella about an android who sneaks onto a spaceship belonging to three bears. If you are thinking of Goldilocks, you’re not wrong, and I adored the creative nods to that tale, all of which Pauli artfully ties into the story. Beyond the first chapter, though, the story totally takes off in its own direction. Especially impressive given this novella’s length (about 80 pages) is how Pauli switches among FOUR different perspectives, giving each character his or her own vibrant personality, conflicts, and character arc. It’s a fun, satisfying, feel-good read, and a great example of a well-structured story: every detail is integral to plot and character development, the pacing is perfect, and the characters’ decisions all have meaning and consequence. Don’t hesitate to pick up this lovely book!

  • 5

    Posted by Gre7g Luterman on Jul 31st 2021

    ”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.