Green, a short story

Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
An off-world trader and a green civil rights activist walk into a trendy restaurant on a desert planet...

This unusual and provocative short story by Sara Zaske was shortlisted for The Reader's 2012 Short Story competition.
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About Sara Zaske

Sara Zaske has lived a variety of places including Berlin, Germany and Oakland, California where The First is set. She is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared on,, and in the Times newspaper.

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Review by: Mike White on Aug. 15, 2017 :
This story manages to integrate a lot of ideas at once, and that's always positive in science fiction. It's certainly a well-written and detailed work.
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Review by: James Jenkins on April 2, 2015 :
well written, flows nicely, a story and thoughts on humanity all well combined. There is room to expand this in to a longer work. I will be looking at the authors other works.
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Review by: Tahlia Newland on July 24, 2013 :
Sara Zaske knows how to write a good short story. I loved this one even more than I loved Green. It's set in a world of the future where zoos have ceased running for fear of terrorist attacks. The last Zoo has a janitor and one old blind polar bear that hid when the authorities took all the other animals away. Enter a young man working on a thesis, who turns the zoo into a modern 'natural' zoo. It's an awesome idea and I loved what he did. The zoo idea makes a nice little statement, and the story is topped off with an unexpected ending. Another excellent story from Ms Zaske. I approve it for addition to the Awesome Indies list.
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Review by: Ellie Ann on July 12, 2013 :
My favorite part of it was the witty banter between Mira and Luis. Mira was so bright and wonderful! I also really enjoyed the thoughtful themes of race and class. SO well done.
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Review by: WyrdStar on June 7, 2013 :
Nicely-written, thought-provoking sideways look at race/class issues.
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Review by: Michelle de Villiers on May 30, 2013 :
I enjoyed it! The green civil rights activist and wasabi waiter made me smile.
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Review by: S. A. Barton on Aug. 18, 2012 :
It's hard to comment too deeply on the themes here without ruining the ending... I will say only that this story casts its net a little more broadly than I suspected it would when I began reading.
An enjoyable read.
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Review by: Jamie Brindle on Aug. 11, 2012 :
Intelligently written story with some interesting ideas, though some people may find there is not enough action to suit their tastes. (If you like your science fiction chock to the brim with hi power photon mega-missiles and transgalactic snarf monsters from the planet Znarg, this might not quite be your cup of tea!).
The central idea is strong enough to hook the reader in, and there's some nice musings on class and race and power. Not a masterpiece, but not a waste of my time, either!
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