“When I smashed my knee, and had to lie around,” he said, “I decided there was no use living without delight.” After a silence she said, in a dry tone, “Bliss?” “No. Bliss is a form of VU. No, I mean delight. I never knew it on the ship. Only here. Now and then. Moments of unconditional existence. Delight.”

He is Luis and she is Hsing and the ship is where they used to live, a spaceship built to carry humans away from earth, to a distant planet which may or may not be habitable. Here is the planet, because…

Priyadarshini John

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