Growing up in a military family allowed me to see a fair bit of the world -- and required me to learn to adapt to different cultures and customs every time we moved. Then I read (or heard?) the phrase "...the things are also people" in a SF story.
Even though I travel a lot less with my own family, the wanderlust has never completely gone away -- or the curiousity about cultures and customs strange and wonderful, and I've written about people (or things that are also people) dealing with unusual cultural situations ever since.
So shoulder your backpack, tuck your blaster into your belt or your dagger in your boot, and join me in the journey!
Brianna Rei encounters far more complications than she bargained for when her partner-in-crime discovers that the bounty on Brianna is worth more than the Gold Record they've teamed up to steal.
(A "Memoirs of a Synth" novel.)
Arriving home to an unexpected visitor, Brianna Rei knows she's stayed in one place for too long – it's time to move on. Again. Before the knowledge of her true identity as a Synth proves to be too much for even her friends to ignore.
(a Memoirs of a Synth short story)
An unexpected demand by the powerful Rhysa throws fragile treaty negotiations into a turmoil. Tasked with brokering an interspecies marriage of alliance between humans and Rhysians, Earth's negotiation team finds themselves caught in an interstellar re-enactment of Beauty and the Beast - one demanding personal sacrifices to ensure peace, and where no one will be magically transformed in the end.
Kim Taylor found it mildly amusing when the morning news reported his untimely death in an aircar accident on the Bonneville Salt Flats - obviously, someone had really screwed up this time.
(a short story by Leigh Saunders)