The Machine by ~elGallifrey The suggester writes, "A solid sci-fi yarn from a promising young author, with good pacing, strong world-building, and novel ideas." (
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Am I the only one extremely bothed by the fact that a Caelipsychus lives inside Merlin? It's parent showed up at the end, and didn't kill the humans. If they value life why the heck would they ruin one by leeching off a person? "Naturally, even after they are fully grown, they wait until the end of their host’s natural life span to separate.” What? Why? If they're fully grown and no longer need a host, leave it. Let the host finally live a normal life. Bleh, humans took their home, and that was wrong. But Caelipsychus's seem like assholes to me.
That aside... this is a really good story. And it's nice to see a story that's a bit long for once rather than three paragraphs.