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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.
michaelallantrevino michaelallantrevino May 16, 2016
Incredible read! I always applaud sci-fi short story writers for building convincing worlds in such tight quarters, all while spinning a story that packs the impact of a novel! I think this one will stick with me.
- - Feb 05, 2017
I  speak Spanish , but this appear in my recommends 💕 so , I'm going to read it.