“Yukui!”, by James Patrick Kelly
Originally published in the author’s collection The Promise of Space and Other Stories (Prime Books, July 10th, 2018); reprinted in Clarkesworld issue 143, August 2018
Interesting philosophical piece. What they do to Sprite/Yukui strikes me as cruel, to be honest, and even more so because they put her in a body they presumably know she’s going to hate.
I don’t buy that she recovers from the trauma as quickly as she does. In fact, I think this story might appeal to me more if it dwelt on the pain the lifeguide inflicts on her. Freedom from such a powerful psychological prison shouldn’t come cheap.
I listened to the podcast and didn’t realize there were so many exclamation points!