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Off on a Starship

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Off on a Starship

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Author: William Barton
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 2003

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Sturgeon Award nominated novella.

There are dreams we all have as fantasy-reading children. Dreams from the books we've read. Dreams from the stories we've been told. Dreams about the bad things that might happen, to us, to everybody. So... flying saucers, alien abductions, those things the aliens might do... the stuff of adventure and comedy, and even a radiotelescope joke every one of us knows. But what if, when you were a child, the flying saucers did come and take you away? Take you away from your parents and your brothers and sisters. Take you away from school and all your friends. And teachers. And bullies. And homework. Away from everything and everyone you ever knew. Suppose the aliens came and took youto a place where no human being had ever been? And then just left you there, all alone? What would you do? If you're a teenage boy named Wally, you'll come up with something spectacular. "Off on a Starship" is a tale of grand adventure, and a love story that's... unusual.

The story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, September 2003. It can also be foind in the anthologies Best Short Novels: 2004, edited by Jonathan Strahan, and The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection (2004), edited by Gardner Dozois.


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