“Fingal’s Cave” by Nina Munteanu is the first story in the Megan Survival Anthology. Below is a review for the story. The full story is available as an ebook here. The print anthology is available here.
Having the main character in a story be an outsider is a theme that has been popular for decades. Think about Ponyboy in The Outsiders or Finn from the newest Star Wars movie.
Authors love to portray their characters as people who are misunderstood for various reasons—some because they’ve done something wrong, and others because they have great ideas but a power greater than themselves will not allow them to act on their ideas.
Izumi, the main character from Nina Munteanu’s “Fingal’s Cave”, is an outsider for the latter reason.
She knows she can help provide the stranded colony with the resources they need to survive on their new home planet, but they aren’t exactly keen on the idea of surviving there.
She hated the colonists for how desperately they clung to life’s routine order. Many still foolishly hoped to be rescued
Izumi, the outsider of the group, knows how to save the colony that disagrees with her methods. What happens when she decides to take matters into her own hands to save the people she clearly hates?
She was overcome with the beauty of it all. This was the dance of life and death to Mega’s music. She finally knew what was missing and what explained Mega’s electromagnetic–gravitational anomaly…
You’ll have to read on to find out.
Other stories in this anthology:
- Trips by Jeff Doten
- The Concurrence by Nicholas Jennings
- A Crash Course in Making Friends by Elisha Betts
- Lines of Fire by Hal J. Friesen
- Bota and the Swarm by Craig Bowlsby