Water: A History

Tor.com October 2019 Science Fiction 3,400 words
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Marie is the oldest woman in the colony of Isla on the parched desert planet of Quányuán and the last living person with direct memories of Earth. A sarcastic loner, she enjoys her position and uses it to tell elaborate lies about her past and keep people distant—until she meets 16-year-old Lian, who genuinely wants to know: "What was Earth like?"

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