Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since Last Patient Death: 0
|Story by||Caroline M. Yoachim|
|Interactivity by||sub-Q Magazine|
© 2016 Caroline M. Yoachim | Originally published Lightspeed Magazine, March 2016. Reprinted with permission. | Cover Art © 2018 sub-Q
If this is an emergency, we’re sorry—you’re probably screwed.
You are in need of medical care, but can you survive a visit to the Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station?
Hugo and three-time Nebula Award finalist Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out in 2016.
 FAQ (may contain spoilers)
Q: I keep dying, what am I doing wrong? A: Nothing! As in real life, death is inevitable--only the time and manner of death changes. Q: No, really, I would prefer not to die. A: I would also prefer not to die, but that isn't even a question. Everybody dies. Q: Why is there no U? A: The philosopher René Descartes made the very convincing argument "I think, therefore I am." As a result of this argument, I am confident that I exist. Sadly, this argument is far less convincing when applied to other minds, so I could not put U into the story, because U might not exist.