This was a fun space opera tale that pushed a lot of my buttons:
- derelict spaceship
- dripping organic bio-horror in space
- crazy computers
- cool, very cool gadgets
- panicky maneuvers in suit outside the spaceships
There was a bit of Aliens, a bit of 2001, and a lot of Alasdair Reynolds. I have to admit seeing the final solution very early on, but it didn’t matter. Cool, gritty, a little scary and gross. Here’s to fun in SF short fiction!
I was not familiar with Rich Larson, but his website shows he is prolific and successful. An up and comer. I look forward to checking his stuff out!