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Going Deep by James Patrick Kelly

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"Going Deep" is a 2009 science fiction short story by James Patrick Kelly. It is about a cloned teenage girl who lives on the moon and is about to be offered a life changing opportunity.

Just Like Daddy Warbucks

Do you have rich or famous parents? Do you wish you did? What if you were a normal teen-aged kid who did normal teen-aged things – would you give it all up for the chance of a plush life with a mother you never knew? That is an interesting question and one the protagonist of this story is required to answer.

Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell

The Moon (photo by Luc Viatour)

Mariska is your stereo-typical teen-aged girl: she has to be nagged to get up in the morning, she is uncomfortable having serious talks with her father and her heart goes thumpity-thump when she is around her boyfriend Jak. So even though she lives on the Moon and wishes people would treat her more as a grown-up, she soon discovers that big decisions can force a person to take drastic actions.

My Two Cents…

  • I liked the idea of data-feeds. Although it is not a new idea it is still neat and one that I am desperately hoping will be invented before I die!
  • How about that squirrel gene that was used to allow humans to hibernate during space travel? Very cool!
  • I enjoyed the small parts that talked about Mariska’s contract father – I think that would be a very difficult job to take.

Interesting Tidbits:

  • Page Count: 11
  • "Going Deep" was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and placed 5th in the 2010 Locus Poll.
  • Did you know that James Patrick Kelly served on the Board of Directors of the New England Foundation for the Arts? Yep. You can learn more about this excellent science fiction author on his web site.

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Craving More Science Fiction Short Stories?

If you liked "Going Deep" then you might also enjoy A Jar of Goodwill by Tobias Buckell – about a specially trained human who takes a job on a risky space flight in hopes that it will pay off big.