“Tethered” — my latest novelette about the near future, physics, and politics of space debris — just came out in the July/August 2013 Issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. An earlier version of “Tethered” was a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Writers of the Future Contest.
Learn about the science, politics, and contemporary relevance of “Tethered” and read up on the similarities between “Tethered” and Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film, Gravity.
Here’s the blurb:
In the near future, the intricacies of economic competition, political conflict, and mathematical inevitability have clogged Earth orbit with artificial debris, rendering space “an impassible frontier.” Charlie and Kalima are two of a handful of “garbage men” paid by Kradys, Inc. under a U.N. mandate to clear junk out of orbit. When their employer assigns them an unusually hasty mission to dispose of a defunct satellite hovering high above South Asia, the couple begin to suspect that there is far more at stake than next week’s paycheck. A dark and intense descent into modernity’s mechanisms of corruption, power, and violence, this action-packed tale has also been described as “love in space, with trash.” Based on science research related to the Kessler Syndrome.
“Tethered” is a much later incarnation of a piece I first began working on when I attended the Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop for Young Writers in 2009. I am extremely grateful for the encouragement and writerly guidance I received from my peers and teachers at Alpha — it was instrumental in the inception of this story, and I encourage all young writers out there to attend Alpha. It’s a life-changing experience.
Alpha shouts out the story here.