Cyrstal reaches maturity—and with it comes an overwhelming need to mate, a compulsion so strong he must die of pain unless fulfilled. But Crystal’s silicon-based biology makes him a singleton, a unique lifeform—no mate for him in the Milky Way.
Aigner Loren Wilson has published in Arsenika, Terraform, Rue Morgue, and more. She is an associate editor and copy editor for Strange Horizons and Nightlight Podcast. In 2019, she was listed on the honors list for the Otherwise Fellowship Award.