March 16th, 2009

in motion

new fiction

Good morning! If you're looking for a beautiful story to start off your week, you're in luck, because you'll find it at Strange Horizons:

"Nira and I" by Shweta Narayan

Nira and I are six when her eldest brother loses his way in the mist. Three days later his bones get home. An extra finger sprouts from the left hand, and the skull has no eye sockets. But his clothes dangle from the shoulder blades, and dry knuckles scratch at the door for two days before the King's men come.

I recommend scooting over to read it right away. As always, Strange Horizons is jam-packed with other great stuff, too: reviews, poetry, and articles. This week includes an interview with Clive Barker, and a column exploring the eras of Ursula Le Guin's work. Want more fiction? Check out our eight years' worth of archives, or start with the most recent variety:

"Diana Comet" by Sandra McDonald

Miss Harvegstraem tilted her head. "Let me guess. A handsome visitor, both well spoken and highly educated. Scion of some wealthy family. He came to you in the cover of darkness, promising sweetness and fidelity, stealing your hard-protected virtue."

"Sometimes We Arrive Home" by K. Bird Lincoln

Seri pushes open a white-painted window sash. The sun is violet-orange this time. She savors the heat of it. The air outside smells of bacon grease and water hyacinth layered over a hushed electricity, like the moment before the first rains of the season burst over Sen Monorom. This alien air feels familiar, like something from her own pores.

"The First Time We Met" by Maria Deira

I glanced down at my arm. The gash, which had been raw and red just a few seconds earlier, was gone. The only trace of the wound was a thin white scar that curved along the muscle. "You're welcome," she said.
"Obedience" by Brenda Yovanoff

She checked the cuffs of her jacket, tucked them deep into the tops of her gloves. Outside, pale hands seemed to float, palms flat against the windows. They were laughing, a storm of high-pitched giggles.