Iron Monk by Melissa Yuan-Innes
Approx. 5,000 words.
Published on July 6, 2011 by
Two Shaolin monks exiled to outer space try to keep up their traditions, including kung fu, on their way to answer an alien communication signal. But when Little Tiger falls ill, they must reinvent their approach in order to survive.
"[A]n intriguing story of a group of Chinese dissidents sent on a treacherous space mission to contact aliens in the outer Solar System..."
D. Douglas Fratz, sfsite