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The Observer

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The Observer by Kristine Kathryn Rusch is a story about a woman that fought in an alien war and the interesting side effects she has because of the type of soldier she was.


The narrator of this story is a woman who is fighting a war against aliens.  She fights better than the men.  So do all the women soldiers.  This is because a specific trait in women has been isolated, and activated.  The trait?  Maternal instinct.  The side effects?  I’ll let you read for yourself, it’s fascinating.


As a mother, I can personally vouch for the well known fact that NOTHING comes between a mama bear and her cubs.  Us mothers are famous for ripping to shreds anything and everything that threatens our babies.  How powerful an army would be if that maternal instinct could be tapped into and used as a deadly force.  I enjoyed the brainstorm this idea caused for me.  And equally thought provoking were the side effects this procedure caused for the storyteller.


  • Word Count: 1796
  • Page Count: 6
  • Published: 2008
  • Besides writing science fiction and fantasy, Kristine Kathryn Rusch also writes romance and mystery.  Be sure to check out her website.


You can read The Observer or listen to a podcast for free at Lightspeed Magazine.

I enjoyed reading the authors own thoughts and discussion about The Observer in an author spotlight she did for Lightspeed Magazine.  SPOILER WARNING!

The Observer was first published in Front Lines edited by Denise Little, available at Amazon.

Cin, the mother of two active boys, enjoys reading and loves to watch movies and review them on her own movie review blog.