“Hold-time Violations” by John Chu

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Ellie, on her way to visit her comatose mother who lies in the den of her sister Chris, gets a message via a woman at the station that she needs to head to the skunkworks to fix a problem in the physics of the universe one universe over. Ellie heads there to join cousin Daniel, to try and figure out the problem with the valves, before the isolationists catch them. But he shows her something bigger that could be the cause of the problem. Something which will involve her mother, who taught her all she knows, and the biggest decision of her life.


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About the Author
John Chu is a microprocessor architect by day, a writer, translator, and podcast narrator by night. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming at Boston Review, Uncanny, Asimov's Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Tor.com among other venues. His translations have been published or is forthcoming at Clarkesworld, The Big Book of SF and other venues. His story "The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.
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