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Drinker

A Wannoshay Cycle Short Story

"DRINKER" BY MICHAEL JASPER

"'Drinker' by Michael Jasper provides a model for enveloping readers in a nonhuman, alien culture"

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ABOUT THIS SHORT STORY


There are Elders, and then there are Drinkers.

Our narrator, alas, is a Drinker, and his life on the planet called Wannoshay is one of hardship and unimaginable labors: he must travel many miles to gather water from the shrinking oceans, and carry it back to his people. In his belly.

A prequel to Michael Jasper’s near-future science fiction novel The Wannoshay Cycle.

“Drinker” was previously published in the DAW anthology Heroes in Training, and it tells the tale of a young, hard-working alien who just might become great.

ABOUT MICHAEL JASPER


Michael Jasper is fascinated with exploring the places where the normal meets the strange.

In pursuit of this fascination, he has published over a dozen novels, a story collection, and six dozen short stories, along with a digital comic with artist Niki Smith.

In the past he’s tried bartending, teaching junior high, painting houses, being a secret shopper, working construction, and many more jobs; he prefers fiction writing. He lives in North Carolina with his family.