Free Fiction Monday: Matilda
Devi follows orders, even if she hates them. Like her orders for this mission: pilot a single ship—The Matilda—on a fact-finding mission in the middle of a war zone.
Despite Matilda’s apparent fondness for Devi, Devi feels the opposite about working with the sentient ship.
But as pilot and ship approach their target—a large CeaWayLaV warship—the pair discovers their inability to function as a bonded team threatens not only their mission but also the entire war with the CeaWayLaV.
Chosen by the readers of Asimov’s SF Magazine as one of the best stories of the year, “Matilda” demonstrates why Rusch is one of Asimov’s favorite writers.
“Matilda” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here and is included in the collection Colliding Worlds, Vol. 6, which is available in ebook, trade paperback, and hardcover here.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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