Re-Life

by J. Scott Coatsworth

Re-Life - J. Scott Coatsworth
Editions:Kindle - First: $ 0.99
Pages: 20

Eric wakes up in a strange new world, in a new body that's rid of the cancer that killed him.

Jozy takes a shine to this newcomer from the past, and goes to great lengths to accommodate him.

Still, Eric has questions. How did he get to this strange new city, and why was he Re-Lifed? And what happened to his old world?

This is a never-before-published short story.

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Excerpt:

The taxi from the Re-Life Clinic dropped out of the sky onto a raised landing pad. It alighted twenty feet above ground level like a giant dragonfly. The door lifted, and Eric looked out uncertainly. “The hostel?” he said.

“Down the ramp, on the left,” the taxi told him.

He clambered out, dragging his carry sack along, trying hard to ignore its ever-changing ripples of color. It epitomized the gaudy nanotech that seemed to be in everything here. He'd just completed his six week orientation and rehab at the Clinic.  It had taken four weeks just to get used to this new body they’d grown for him, using his own DNA. It still didn't feel entirely... his.

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Now it was finally time to get out into the world. The long weeks of rehab had chaffed at him - he was itching to explore this strange new city, Safris - to look around and see what had changed since he had died half a millennia earlier. And though he had nothing but a few personal belongings and a credit on his account, he was young and healthy again.

The cancer that had killed him was gone.

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About the Author

Scott lives with his husband of twenty five years in a Sacramento suburb, in a cute little yellow house with a brick fireplace and two pink flamingoes out front.

He inhabits in the space between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into science fiction and fantasy by his mom at the tender age of nine, he quickly finished her entire library. But he soon began to wonder where all the queer people were.

After coming out at twenty three, he started writing the kinds of stories he couldn't find at Crown Books. If there weren't many queer characters in his favorite genres, he would will them into existence, subverting them to his own ends. And if he was lucky enough, someone else would want to read them.

His friends say Scott's mind works a little differently than most - he makes connections between ideas that others don't, and somehow does more in a day than most people manage in a week. Although born an introvert, he forced himself to reach outside himself, and learned to connect with others like him.

Scott's stories subvert expectations that transform traditional science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something different and unexpected. He runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark.

His romance and genre fiction writing brings a queer energy to his stories, filling them with love, beauty and power. He imagines how the world could be - in the process, he hopes to change the world, just a little.

Scott was recognized as one of the top new gay authors in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, and his debut novel "Skythane" received two awards and an honorable mention.

You can find him at Dreamspinner here, Goodreads here, on Amazon here, on QueeRomance Ink here, and on Facebook here.


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