"Second Person, Present Tense" is a 2005 science fiction novelette by Daryl Gregory. It is about a young woman who becomes a different person after a rare over-dose on a strange drug.
Therese Klass seems like a completely different girl to her parents. Um… that’s because she is. The well-behaved 17 year old mysteriously over-dosed on the drug Zen a couple of years ago and that did quite a number on her personality. Now after years of therapy, Therese and her parents are trying to start a new life together – and it isn’t easy. As Therese learns more about her former self, she begins to understand what could have possibly pushed the “other Therese” over the edge – and that isn’t very pleasant either. Will her parents be able to understand and accept that? A good question indeed!
Some Juicy Tidbits About This Story
- Word count: 8,515 (15 pages)
- "Second Person, Present Tense" placed 1st in the 2006 Asimov’s Reader Poll for Best Novelette.
- Did you know that Daryl Gregory has been a high school English teacher and a technical writer? Yep. You can learn more about this amazing author on his web site.
Where To Find Second Person, Present Tense
- This story first appeared in the September 2005 edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
- You can read "Second Person, Present Tense" for free online at Asimov’s web site.
- It is also included in Gardner Dozois’s collection The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection.
Craving More SF Stories Like This One?
If you liked "Second Person, Present Tense" then you may also enjoy “Going Deep” by James Patrick Kelly – about a cloned teenage girl who lives on the moon and is about to be offered a life changing opportunity.