What do you do with the special talents you possess? This week, I read three short stories that ask that question in different ways. What makes you special is often a curse as well as a blessing. What matters is what we choose to do with what we’ve been given. All three stories stress the human element where choice and growth are painful but necessary.

As always, this is my take on these stories. I found them thrilling and inspiring, and so I pass them on to you with my best wishes.

  • Alyssa Wong, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers“: Jen finds dates using the “Tindr” app, and then eats their words. The more evil her victim, the better. She reaches a crisis point as she struggles with the relationships in her life. In the end, she must use the power she inherited from her mother to save someone close to her.
  • Jamie Gilman Kress, “And Now, Fill Her In“:  Kiya has the ability to see into a moment from the life of someone who is about to die. She always has, and it’s an involuntary sort of thing. Still it’s a jarring experience every time. She has always just let the moment pass–until now, on an airplane, she decides she must take action.
  • Caroline M. Yoachim, “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World“: Mei is a scientist who dreams of humanity’s future among the stars, to discover and terraform new worlds. As she passes through her life, she has a series of encounters with a strange being who exists outside of time itself. Mei’s journey takes place on an epic scale over a vast timescale and includes advanced AI, brain uploading, and other incredible futuristic technology.

That wraps it up for this short story spotlight. Go check out these great stories and send me recommendations from what you’re reading.