Covenant (short story)

"Covenant" is a 2014 science fiction short story by Elizabeth Bear. It was first published in the anthology Hieroglyph.


A former serial killer — the beneficiary of "rightminding", a process that cures psychopathy by forcibly bestowing empathy — finds herself in a very dangerous situation.


"Covenant" was a finalist for the 2015 Locus Award for Best Short Story.[1] SF Signal considered it to be 'suspenseful' and 'fairly riveting', with '(a)n interesting premise'.[2] Daniel Keys Moran stated that the story made him "wish [he] were a member of SFWA, so [he] could vote [for it] on the Nebulas."[3]


  1. ^ The Winners Of The 2015 Locus Awards Have Been Announced! , by Andrew Liptak, at Io9; published June 27, 2015; retrieved October 31, 2017
  2. ^ THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION #32 Edited by Gardner Dozois is This Year’s Definitive Go-To Volume for Science Fiction Literature, by John DeNardo, at SF Signal; published September 17, 2015; retrieved October 31, 2017
  3. ^ Just read "Covenant" by +Elizabeth Bear over on Slate. by Daniel Keys Moran, at Google+; published September 16, 2014; retrieved October 31, 2017

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