Short Take: “You and I Shall Be as Radiant,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Rating: 5 out of 5

Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s short story You and I Shall Be as Radiant introduces us to Feilin. She spent 50 years trying to track down a weapon that would save her planet from invasion, and found it just a smidge too late. She returns to her conquered planet by posing as a weapons merchant, and manages to locate her younger sister. How will she set about rescuing her–and can she even do so?

I love this author’s work so very much. Her language is poetic, and you can tell that every word is carefully chosen. I could read her stories over and over. Once again there’s an intriguing AI involved, that had been watching over the weapon and now journeys with Feilin. Can it help? Will it help? Feilin finds out that her people’s best and brightest children are being trained as child soldiers. But what can one person do?

There’s depth and nuance to all of the (few) characters despite how short this story is. It’s absolutely worth picking up for a read.

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