From the USA Today best-selling author of the Circuit trilogy and Titanborn series comes this harrowing science fiction short.
After 25 years serving as the lone human Monitor of the Interstellar Ark, Hermes, Orion is scheduled to be placed back in his hibernation chamber with the other members of the crew. Knowing that he will die there and be replaced before the ship's voyage is over, he decides that he won't accept that fate. Whatever it takes, he will escape Hermes and see space again, even if it means defying the regulations of his only friend - the ship-wide artificial intelligence known as Dan.
This Long Vigil was formerly featured in the June 2015 issue of Perihelion SF.
The Interstellar Ark,, Hermes, is heading for Tau Ceti and a planet likely to be suitable for human habitation. On board are exactly one thousand inhabitants, all but one, a Monitor to act as an aid to the ship's AI, are sleeping in pods as they journey. With only a few hours remaining to Orion before his time as Monitor comes to an end, he must choose a successor.
Narrator Justin Thomas James gives clear and sympathetic voice to Orion, the sixth monitor, as he ponders his final hours. With perfect pacing and intonation, his is an excellent performance.
A beautifully crafted short story by the author of the Titanworld series. It is atmospheric and charming, and very human
Taking under an hour to read, it is still guaranteed to leave a powerful impression. Recommended.