I am so far behind in my Fireside Fiction collection I’m not even sure I’ve downloaded them all. But if you’re in the mood for a quick cuteness injection (alongside a small tonne of feels) I suggest you take a second to hop on over to their site and read Beth Goder’s “How to Say I Love You with Wikipedia.” I’ll wait right here for you to get back, and I’ll open my arms for a quick snuggle-hug in case you need it when you get back.
Back? Okay. 1-2-3, hug. There. Okay, how freaking adorable was that? I mean, science fiction and sentimentality isn’t often a pairing I see, so this was a lovely and refreshing change. More, Goder put so much emotionality and sweetness into a wee Mars rover (and the astronauts) and the communication attempts through pictures? I mean, aww. So much aww.
It’s a short piece, but it’s such a fantastic example of one of the things I love the most about science fiction: the way emotionality/humanity can be explored outside of us, but with us, and for us. In this tiny space of words, I was so worried that poor little guy was going to be left behind without them ever knowing he had feels—and then Goder takes it to a different place instead, and the payoff is all worth it. Good luck, wee Rover. Be efficient.