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Nathan Hillstrom had a first career as a technologist on Wall Street, and is currently living and writing in Minneapolis. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Outlook Springs, and elsewhere. Nathan is a graduate of the 2015 Clarion Writers' Workshop, and tweets infrequently as @NathanHillstrom.
Published Dec 8, 2020 · 12,984 words (48 minutes) · 183 views
The Washe transmit a desperate plea for help as their system is overrun by self-replicating blight. Kova answers the call, but to save the aquatic aliens, she must sell them on the investment coalition backing their defense…and the Washe are nowhere near as eager to naturalize as she had been.