Short story: “Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son”

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“Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son” (not sure why it’s capitalized that way), by Tom Crosshill

Appeared in the April 2011 issue of Lightspeed Magazine (read or listen here); nominated for a 2011 Nebula Award

3,331 words according to Lightspeed, 3,341 by my word processor

Really impressed by the cleverness of this piece, even though I found the science almost impossible to follow. Zhenya’s growth as a character also strikes me as well done.

I think Zhenya is supposed to be writing in Russian, but some of his manglings of language (“soft wear”) seem to be English. I always find that slightly distracting.