I heard a short story (unfortunately not in English and without any title) as an audiobook, where the protagonist is a female astronaut Tessa Brunsack (or similarly named), who travels through wormholes regularly, using man-made portals, which travel through space.

Once, when flying together with a guy called DeLago (I don't remember his first name) they are injured, as they're flying much faster than expected, and find out subsequently that they're being pulled into a black hole. The short story was really cool, not only for being kinda science-heavy, but also for flashbacks of the protagonist's childhood describing the relationship with her father.

Do you know, what it could be? I'm unable to find anything.

  • Do you recall what language you read it in?
    – DavidW
    Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 11:18
  • Yeah, it was an audio in Czech (link: youtube.com/watch?v=AwimcVf5ecA). The author of the YouTube channel is not communicating about it and I found out, that he's usually doing translations from other languages and just switching titles of the books...
    – Eenoku
    Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 11:25
  • It sounds a bit like Frederick Pohl's Gateway, seen from the other end. That's a full novel, though, not a short story.
    – SQB
    Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 14:11

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Finally found it!

It's Under the Graying Sea by Jonathan Sherwood and it was first published in Asimov's Science Fiction in 2006.

The link to the short story in English is here.

Also, the Czech translation I heard as an audiostory was published in September 2011 in XB-1 magazine. The story in Czech is here.

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