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Tall(ish) Tales from the White Hart – NEURODIVERSE, CULTURALLY DIVERSE, GENDER-BENDY, DRUNKEN-ARGUMENTS-IN-THE-PUB SCIENCE FICTION. NOT BANG-BANG-PEW-PEW SCIENCE FICTION.

Stardust Wake

A very geeky short story

They’ve been friends since childhood. But can their friendship survive adult reality?

Confirmed geeks and childhood friends, Lem and Devon are looking forward to reuniting at a convention. Despite their diverging lives and their fair share of secrets, their shared love of cosplay and science fiction brings them together in ways that nothing else could.

But not all friendships are perfect. When their old schoolfriend Nerys joins them for the day, rifts soon begin to show as the three realise how far they’ve grown apart.

Struggling with Nerys’s insensitivity and her misguided approach to non-binary gender expression, the group are determined to make the most of their time together and embrace their nerdy selves. But with tensions rising, can their friendship withstand the dramatic ways their lives have changed?

A short, thought-provoking backdrop to the author’s White Hart series and her forthcoming Starship Teapot series, Stardust Wake provides an insightful glimpse at complex issues while brimming with passion for all things geek.

REVIEWS

‘I‘d recommend this short story to anyone … but especially those, who feel like growing up takes friends and happiness away and forces you to rush things.’ Daira, Goodreads user

‘This may be a short, quick read but its look into the realistic struggles facing the LGBTQ community with its well developed characters. Highly recommended.’ Lori, Goodreads user

‘Clarke’s writing is crisp and moves along well, and as a fellow Big Nerd myself, I gladly inhaled this 35-page tale in under 20 minutes.’ Diana, Goodreads user

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Cover design

The cover for Stardust Wake was designed by Book Cover Zone.

Illustrations

The illustration at the back was created by Ricardo Mossini.

Editorial

Editing and proofreading of this story were done by Nick Taylor and Hannah McCall.