Anything Short of Death is Survivable


Olive feared she might vomit which would be a really dumb and dangerous thing to do since her mouth was sealed off (along with the rest of her skin) against the vacuum of space. Basically, her insides had nowhere to go. She swallowed hard. Only little kids got space sick and she wasn’t a little kid, she was fourteen. As soon as the hatch had opened and she went rushing out into the empty, Olive’s skin crystalized—just like it was supposed to. 

Olive is looking for a way out, and in the broken remains of a derelict warship, she just might have found it. “Anything Short of Death is Survivable” is a tale of what we owe ourselves…and what we no longer owe others.

Science fiction novelette published in 
Lightspeed Magazine, issue No. 135 (August 2021).

Be sure to check out my Author Spotlight interview in the same issue.

⭐️ Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2001

It’s a tense, action-packed story about the resilience of hope, and it’s a wonderful read!

Charles Payseur
Quick Sip Reviews

Full of action set in an imaginative future.

Kevin P Hallett
Tangent Online