My story “Kella Vector” is now live at Perihelion Science Fiction. What are you waiting for? Go read it now!
This piece evolved quite a bit on the road to publication.
I set myself a challenge to write a story with the scenes set in reverse chronological order. I don’t exactly remember why. A whim. Maybe I had just watched Memento. Perhaps I was just curious to see if it was something I could do. Anyway, the current closing scene was once the opening scene, and the current penultimate scene was the second, etc. The point of reading the story was not to discover the “who”, or the “what”, but the “why”. It was much longer in its original incarnation, about double the length, tracking back to the day before Kella’s visit to the Integrator’s fabber plant; it included additional characters such as her estranged husband and son…all sorts of extra(neous) stuff. Most people who read the reverse-chronology version seemed generally impressed by the technical feat…but didn’t think it added anything to the story or the reading experience. Quite the opposite. So why inflict the extra pain?
Eventually I conceded defeat. I re-ordered, re-structured, and cut cut cut. Then cut some more.
And the result is what you can see today.