Ellis Osako is piloting the Redhawk across deep space with nothing but an AI and a cargo hold full of dead bodies for company. Haunted by his past, he spends his time trying to guess the identities of the dead around him. Until he finds the woman in pod fifteen, and Ellis is forced to face his demons and the fact that he may no longer be alone.
Pod Fifteen is an approximately 50 page short story and originally appeared in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned Issue 14.
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Pod Fifteen is a great read. Harris creates a convincing setting aboard a creaky, outmoded spaceship delivering the dead to their beloved burial planet. The boredom is exquisite and the ship’s AI character is clearly-drawn. The action that fills the latter part of the story is spooky as hell, but it also eerily brings a long-felt bereavement back to life and awakens an impossible hope. This story’s climax and resolution are chilling indeed. I’ll be reading more of Mr. Philip Harris.