BEYOND THESE STARS OTHER TRIBULATIONS OF LOVE by Usman T. Malik
Bari has to look after his mother, but he is also off into space and needs a way to be in both places at once. Interesting idea, although I wonder if this split consciousness would be possible, considering time dilation and distance. How would that work technically, besides probably making you loose your grip on reality fast?
Maybe a bit short to do the idea justice. ★★★☆☆
Can be read for free here.
I liked his The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn.
“a work of speculative fiction that explores Indian subcontinental folklore and Islamic metaphysics”
This short story was nominated for a Nebula award and won the 2016 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella. And rightly so. Beautifully written, very poetic and dreamlike. Old east meets new west in a story that could have come out of 1001 Arabic nights. Or maybe not, the settings in Pakistan feel too real. Fascinating take on Jinns, memories, consciousness and relationships. ★★★★☆
Author’s website: www.usmanmalik.org