Review: “Gookie Visits Her Moma” by G. Miki Hayden

5 of 5 stars.

Included in Chronology published by Curiosity Quills Press, this very short story is fun and ridiculous in its playing with the English language. But in doing so, it manages to establish the outline of an alien culture and sub-cultural slang that is quick and effective in world-building. Gookie is essentially a bounty hunter, native to the planet, Nonser, that has taken a mission to return a run-away charge [Soiling Swnbock] back to Nonser so that she can visit her mother [aka Moma, aka Mometi] and make money [“jingle”] at the same time.

[Gookie] had little patience for babelings or youthlets less mature than she, but she restrained herself. The kid was worth a fifteen-clyde honorarium, and her haulings both to Nonser and back.
“Settle down, Swnbock,” she grunted, “and you’ll live to see Mometi and Popa again.”
“I don’t want to view them, ever after,” the youthster snarled in gross rejection. “I condemnate each of them. They’re both so crudly.”
“All kiddos feel that way about their parentises,” acknowledged Gookie.

All action takes place on the I.G. Zoom where the Nonserian boy has managed to escape his captor, and then work himself into deeper trouble. With its colorful, alien crew the Zoom reveals its hidden workings at Gookie’s prodding.

The language of the story is reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange blended with “The Jabberwocky.” This story is highly recommended.
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