Totaled: A Near-future Sci-fi Short

Totaled: A Near-future Sci-fi Short

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Kary English By KaryEnglish Completed

Neuroscientist Margaret Hauri has two children to raise, and she's on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough. 

There's just one problem.

She's dead.

Length: 5,000 words, a short story
Genre: near future hard SF, drama
Market: written for adults (no sex, no violence, mild/moderate profanity)

TOTALED originally appeared in the July, 2014, issue of Galaxy's Edge. It was later nominated for the 2015 Hugo Award.

  • brain
  • diversecharacters
  • femaleprotagonist
  • hardsci-fi
  • hardsciencefiction
  • hardsf
  • hugonominee
  • neuroscience
  • sciencefiction
  • shortstory
  • tearjerker
I read this a year ago and it has stuck in my brain still. Such good storytelling, bravo.
TheDerpyDisaster TheDerpyDisaster Mar 22, 2017
His first name? I guess you could say he wants them to... Leavitt out when they're talking to him. (Bad pun I know)
AndrewDWallin AndrewDWallin Mar 12, 2017
At first, I thought this was a typo. Now I see what you'rw going for. Very clever. :)
aethea aethea Jun 03, 2017
This is so sad. Seriously, I'm trying not to cry. What a way to live, and a worse way to die.
stellawhiteman stellawhiteman Jul 12, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this piece.  Funny and poignant.  Will definitely look out for some more of your writing.
KatieCross4 KatieCross4 Feb 17, 2015
On my way to purchase your book now . . . 
                              But can I get a sequel? Just one novel about what her partner does with the info. Maybe her boys grow up? Holy kittens, SOMETHING.