In "Pinball Effect," Kenji -- a human abductee traveling the galaxy with his alien abductors -- visits a planet with no gravity. The inhabitants are flesh and blood and as dense as humans, and Kenji falls in love. But throwing your weight around has consequences on a weightless planet, as Kenji and his lover -- or is it lovers? -- are to learn. This story is not recommended for people who dislike science fiction, exotic love interests, or hissing sounds.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
You can hear Claire Light read her story "Pinball Effect," one of the stories in her Conversation Pieces volume Slightly Behind and to the Left, on KQED's "The Writers' Block," here. Running time is close to half an hour. The KQED site, by the way, describes the story in this way: