Original single work   short story   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2013 2013
AustLit is a subscription service. The content and services available here are limited because you have not been recognised as a subscriber. Find out how to gain full access to AustLit

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'In a far future when extreme body modification is common, Tek’tek signs up for Anthropology 404 because Sarah is in the class, not because he has any idea what’s going on. As Professor Xi explains with some exasperation:

"For the benefit of those who haven’t done their reading — Sara, you may keep sorting — the purpose of this class is not to study aliens but to study ourselves, our origins, with an anthropological survey of the Originals. The Originals rejected modern technology. The latest they accepted was the steam engine, a contraption so outdated I doubt you’ve heard of it."

Now, most of the Originals live isolated on a reservation, but now, for the first time in centuries, one of them has come to the university. Communication with Enoch is difficult. But he has come because of a dire situation: centuries of inbreeding has doomed the population to death. To find a solution, they have to descend to the Old Stacks. But Enoch’s religion forbids him to accept it' (Lois Tilton, Locus Online).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y One Small Step : An Anthology of Discoveries Tehani Wessely (editor), Kings Meadows : FableCroft Publishing , 2013 Z1916871 2013 anthology short story science fiction fantasy horror

    One Small Step is an anthology comprising 16 stories of discovery from some of Australia’s best female writers. Each story in some way addresses the idea of discoveries, new beginnings, or literal or figurative 'small steps.'

    Kings Meadows : FableCroft Publishing , 2013
    pg. 133-158
Last amended 27 Aug 2013 13:55:56
    Powered by Trove