Science Fiction Novelette. First Place winner, 1st Quarter 1994; Grand Prize winner, 1994, Writers of the Future contest. Appeared in Writers of the Future, Vol. XI, Bridge Publications, June 1995.
Winin is a wayfinder: he uses ancient Micronesian navigator's art to navigate starships through overspace in a virtual reality outrigger canoe. Winin is chosen for a rescue mission seeking a starliner adrift in overspace. When the virtual reality in his ship goes down, are his knowledge and reflexes enough to guide a starship through the Maelstrom?
Ancient navigators' art from Micronesia is used to navigate starships through overspace using virtual reality. Winin is a Master Navigator, chosen specifically to lead a mission to rescue a starliner adrift in overspace. Can Winin get the starship through the Maelstrom using only his knowledge and reflexes after the computer goes down?