A Vacant Planet Baylee’s first view of LG736P3 took her breath away. A blue marble so like Earth she and her survey mates unofficially called it, Earth-Eden, EE for short. It resided right in the middle of the Goldilocks zone. The weather could not be more conducive to human life. And the news...
I don't know if I'm more than usually thick this month, but there were a lot of stories which had me scratching my head, and I'm sure I missed the point. A pity, as some of those were beautifully written and despite not understanding them, I still thought about putting them on my shortlist. Though quite who would get bumped from an already long shortlist in that case, I've no idea, especially as there were several stories I did understand which only just failed to get a mention.
And that long shortlist is:
Culhwch -- A Balanced Heart
Daysman -- At the Water's Edge
Jo Z -- STONE-BORN
johnnyjet -- Her Thoughts Were Set in Stone
LittleStar -- Of Salt and Stars
Perpetual Man -- Not Forgotten
Peter V -- Written in Stone
Rafellin -- Riders on the Storm
Shyrka -- Far From the Tree
Teresa -- Consecrated
Ursa -- Stacking Stones -- It's Not Rocket Science
The first two votes were easy as I picked them out on the very first read -- I loved Jo's fantasy and the comic edge to it was perfect, and Perp's wonderfully poignant tale of Stone Age folk grasping to be remembered was indeed unforgettable. The third vote took a while as I read and re-read several, wavering between them, but in the end I plumped for Cul's story of true control and discipline.
Many harmonies and siren songs for the lovely mentions/shortlistings TBP, Vaz, Peter, Starbeast, Shyrka, Dan, Phyrebrat, Mad Alice and Ashleyne, and bursting song-colours full of blessings thanks for the wonderful votes Stable, Hummus, Chris p, Daysman, johnnyjet, CC, and stealth-voting Perp!
Congratulations Jo, a fine tale. Commiserations to TJ, Perp & Nixie for a close run thing (sorry if I missed anyone).
Thanks again to all who voted for me (you know who you are) and all those who mentioned / listed my story (you also know who you are). I would list by name but I find it devilish difficult to do on my phone and I am still on my holiday and a week away from my trusty old PC.
For those done already with the 75 and still feeling that itch to write, there is a 100 anon challenge over in the workshop.
I hear a cervesa calling my name, so adios for now.