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As my New Year's Resolution, I decided to take up listening to my short stories again. Yesterday, I heard “Milla”, by Lorenzo Crescentini and Emanuela Valentini. This story of a lone human encountering a mysterious ghostly alien AI on a planet with an earth-like ecosystem delivers a heavy-handed, but heartfelt (and home-made) message against the boundless exploitation of Earth's resources. In that, it is quite different from other similar-premised stories I heard in Clarkesworld.

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