Goddess of the Braided Light Drive in New Myths!
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This was a story I wrote a few years ago when I decided to do a bunch of short stories for NaNo instead of a novel. Before the month started, I jotted down some ideas of what stories I might write, and one was to write something that captured some of the feeling I get from some of Yoon Ha Lee's SF stories. Sometime when I wasn't by that list of ideas, I had the idea of a braided light star drive and filed that away...
And forgot it by the time I got to writing a space-based SF story. I wrote one with a card game and inter-planetary politics instead (and I still hope that one gets published so you can read it too, sometime...). Then I remembered about the braided light idea, and the month wasn't over, so I wrote it as well. I think there's some Gene Wolfe influence in there as well, especially The Book of the Long Sun. It ended up with some mythic undertones and a character who chooses to use the superstitions of the people around them for their own benefit.
Enjoy! (and stay tuned for more to come...)