Broken Windchimes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Approx. 17,980 words.
Published on June 1, 2010 by
The Pané expect perfection of their living windchimes. The difference between a performer’s life as the biggest star on Djapé and a ruined career comes down to one mistake. When a child prodigy loses everything familiar, he must learn how to survive on a space station far from home. And perhaps finally understand the life he almost lived.
Winner of the Asimov SF Magazine’s Readers Choice Award.