I had two short stories published in 2020 that are eligible for upcoming fantasy and science fiction awards if one deems them worthwhile. Both are solidly in the science fiction domain, so nominate accordingly 🙂
Memento Amicum appeared in Issue #3 (September 1, 2020) of Cossmass Infinities.
People, events, practices, and cultural touchstones pass away and slip into the past, kept alive only within the memories of those still around, and only for as long as they care to and can remember. In the future, we may not be the ones doing the remembering, our creations may end up taking on that responsibility–intentionally or not, until they too power down.
“Memento Amicum” by Marc A. Criley is the poignant and touching story of a graveyard populated with AI versions of the deceased.
— Gwen C. Katz, in The Future Fire
(Right now Memento Amicum is only available by purchasing that issue, though the stories are incrementally released online over time. I will add a link here when it becomes available.)
He stepped around to the front of the headstone and waited. The mementa screen opaqued, masking the splendidly etched-in-granite rendition of Ellanora Hawks. A moment later her mementa’s well-worn but equally splendid visage resolved on the screen
Be grateful for friends that will remember you.
An unraveling comet! Doomed spaceship! Explosions! Alien artifacts! WHALES!!
The characters easily held the reader’s attention as they grappled with both engineering challenges and extra-terrestrial mysteries.
— Kevin P Hallett, Tangent Online
I squinted past the reflected comet dazzle on her visor. Yep, a smile that outshone Mars, this blazing comet, and the incandescent golden jewel of the sun. A smile that’s taken me from one end of the solar system to the other.
Come for the whales, stay for true love.
Thanks for your time and any consideration for awards you may give to these stories!