Thursday, November 14, 2013

Paul Di Filippo's "Wavehitcher" (flash fiction, free): Swimming solo safely in open ocean for several weeks

Illustration by Jacey accompanying the original publication in Nature magazine of short story Wavehitcher by Paul Di FilippoWhen I was in low teens & just started taking bicycle some distance from home, a favorite sport among the peers used to be to catch the chain at the back of one of the passing trucks with one hand, & hitch a ride without paddling. Sounds dangerous today, but at that age it was fun.

This story is a more science fictional & hi-tech hitching a ride of a similar nature.

Story summary.

A US coast guard vessel has discovered a suspicious "wavehitcher", a man hitching a free ride on an unmanned marine research robot vessel. When they catch him & get his reason for being where no one should be, it gave me a smile.

Fact sheet.

First published: Nature, 10 October 2013.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Paul Di Filippo.