“Tethered” is a political hard science fiction novelette originally published in the July/August 2013 Issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and republished in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology and in Issue 72 (May 2016) of Lightspeed.
Semifinalist in the 2011 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest (3rd Quarter).
Lightspeed interviewed me for an Author Spotlight about the work’s themes and the real-world legal and technological problems that inspired it.
Praise for the story:
[This] story worked splendidly… It was effective and even — so rare for SF — moving. I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of your work. — John Crowley (author of Little, Big)
This hard SF story had great details portraying a situation that is fast becoming a reality… Kalima was an especially appealing character, fey and strong, moral and willing to take responsibility in a world dominated by politics and self interest — K.D. Wentworth