by Kemi Ashing-Giwa
A story of revenge and of demons from another universe. Best guess, inspired by Japanese culture. Short, grim and good.
“Uduak IX may have ordered an assassin to gut his niece in a holy monastery, but he is still a man of honor. As emperor of Johari IX, the greatest human-ruled planet in the Known Worlds, honor is an attribute to be expected. And so before he had her butchered, he gave the order that she would be allowed a single sheet of solar parchment and a holographic brush so she might write her last words.“
15 pages, from Tor.com. 👹 👹 👹 👹 👹
Can be read for free here
Added to my TBR pile: The Sufficient Loss Protocol
“When an alien entity sneaks aboard a corporate spaceship, with no motive besides sabotaging the mission and murdering those aboard, commander Uzoma Ifiok launches an investigation—despite knowing that the real danger isn’t the one picking off her crew.”
And read previously: Fruiting Bodies
“An alien fungal infection has ravaged a faraway planet, turning all but six of the colonists into ravenous arinkiris. Inyama, a mycologist, is her species’ last hope. But it’s not expertise her fellow survivors want from her.”
I liked it. Well written, tightly plotted. Very short, but with a nice plot bunny at the end.