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Ej-Es by Nancy Kress

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"Ej-Es" is a 2003 science fiction short story by Nancy Kress. It is about a MedCorps member who desperately wants to help the survivors of a destructive plague on a planet at the edge of the galaxy.

Non-Spoiler Summary

UNMIL Medical Officer Provide Health Care by United Nations Photo, CC 2.0 License

Mia joined the MedCorps a long time ago, and for a variety of reasons. Now, near the end of her life, the Corps is investigating a beautiful planet where a deadly plague destroyed all the humans over 350 years ago. Well, not *all* the people. The team discovers that there are some survivors, but they have a peculiar way of life. As Mia tries to help one native girl, she learns that well people aren’t always the happiest people.

Some Juicy Tidbits About This Story

  • Word count: 6,848 (26 pages)
  • "Ej-Es" was nominated for the 2004 Locus Poll Award for Best Short Story.
  • Special thanks to Free SF Reader for pointing out this great story.

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