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Nomad of the Emirates

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A straight-laced Captain sent as the official Emissary of Earth to the alien world known only as "The Emirates" is surprised to find someone from Earth has already been there for some time. ...more
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Published November 8th 2018 by Kydala Publishing, Inc.
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Deborah O'Carroll
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was so incredibly beautiful, help. What even are words? How can I describe it? It was intriguing from the start, and it’s very strange if you think about it (like sci-fi can be). But somewhere along the way, before I really knew what had happened, it stole my heart. This first-person story of a misfit girl from Earth who finds her place on another planet where she’s technically not supposed to be, and yet it’s where she’s most supposed to be of all places. The way she made a way in th ...more
emrys merlin
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nomad of the Emirates is an incredibly well written short story! Dawson packs in a tremendous amount of worldbuilding for such a short story, and does so very organically and with such vividness!! The way the Emirate culture is sketched is one of the best instances I've ever encountered! The traditions, the social rules, the manners, they were all so well drawn and real! My favorite aspect of it would have to be the way Emirates apologized for offending a relative. It wasn't just the concept of ...more
Bethany Fehr
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If my favorite stories have one thing in common, it's that the author has opened up their own story and outlook through the lives and thoughts of their characters. You come away feeling you have a friend, not just in the characters on your shelf, but also in the person hiding behind the story, the person who decided to be vulnerable and let their own questions and heart show in their work. This is one of those stories. The specificity and vividness of the story's details project the experience o ...more
Katelyn Buxton
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. As someone who has lived her entire life in the same small U.S. town, I can’t say that Nomad of the Emirates captures me in quite the same way that it does many reviewers, but I think I begin to have an inkling of what this story means to them. From a creativity standpoint Dawson knocked it out of the park while still managing to feel familiar, and she wove it all together with autobiographical frankness. This is the kind of story that leaves you with tears in your eyes, and you aren’t sure ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this short story. I’m a giant nerd for stories that explore social issues, so I really loved how the alien race’s culture and customs played such an important role in the story here, even though it was a short one. It was well-written and engaging, and I felt like I had a clear enough sense of the world and the characters for the story without being overwhelmed by unnecessary details, which I find is often a struggle in short stories set in other worlds. The author did a great job and I ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first started working with E.B. Dawson as a close friend and Critique Partner, she sent me a portion of Nomad just to get to know her work. I was floored. Such a unique premise for an alien story. It takes all those images we have from Jimmy Neutron down to Avatar and turns them on their heads. Instead of random strange creatures we are give an almost fantasy-esque discovery of an alien civilization. We get to see the world through the eyes of a seasoned traveler and compare it to culture ...more
Erin Dydek
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phoenix-fiction
I love how Dawson builds a rich cultural experience into this short story. She goes beyond beyond the appearance of the alien race and gives them customs, rituals, and a unique pattern of speech/language (without making it difficult or unpleasant for the reader to decipher or pronounce). The new world is well designed and creates an exciting atmosphere for the story. Then she delivers a simple yet profound message for an emotional and impactful conclusion.
S. M. Holland
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this.. as someone who has moved around to different places and different countries most of my life, I feel more at home over seas than I do state side (one of the many factors of being a third culture kid) This story hit home on so many levels for me. Definitely one of my favorites. <3
Janelle Garrett
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating world, interesting characters, a great story, all packed into this short story. I will read literally anything EB Dawson puts out. She’s won me over time and again.
Beth Wangler
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story encapsulates my favorite part of traveling, reading, and teaching history: It gives a clear snapshot into a new way of thinking and helps me for a time to think in a way vastly different from my own. I loved that this short story helped me better understand the author and my neighbors. Dawson creates a vibrant world with an intricate culture that is deeply unique. I loved the way the main character was willing to learn the ways of people who were so different from her in ways that mad ...more
Kimia Wood
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
If we met aliens, could we relate to them?

This story is short, but still explores some fascinating concepts.

Earth has sent an emissary to the alien society called “the Emirates” – but a human is already living there. Is it possible the grass-roots free market has bested extensive government training at its own game?

The Opening

The narrator opens in the heart of an alien harvest, watching the new Earth emissary (the “Captain”) as she watches the harvesting operation.

However, we quickly jump into t
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
The best way I can describe this story is that it fits in my mind in a different way than most. And I know that’s not helpful at all, but that’s the initial impression I have.
“Nomad of the Emirates” is a fairly short story- easily read in one sitting. Yet it captures so well the longing for a purpose: for a confusing, lonely life to make sense. It’s not a sad story- the beginning is funny and the main character is pretty upbeat. But it’s interesting and unique and will stick with you for a wh
Hannah Heath
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a beautiful, unique story. Honestly, I'm struggling to decide how to rate and review it.

By regular short story standards, this story has a few issues. The middle section is a bit misleading. Jessica is summoned to perform a job and I thought that job would somehow be part of the plot. It wasn't. Instead, it was more of a detour than anything else. A fascinating, creative detour, but still largely irrelevant to the plot.

It was not, however, irrelevant to the character or world-buil
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic, and reminiscent of Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, which I read last year at the recommendation of author Thomas Fenske. As in The Left Hand of Darkness, Nomad of the Emirates features a lone human emissary to an alien planet and follows the human’s interactions with and efforts to survive in the entirely foreign environment. Nomad of the Emirates tackles issues of race, culture, and class with a depth and emotionality that is impressive in such a short story ...more
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