April 6th, 2009

in motion

new fiction

Mondays bring fresh stories at Strange Horizons!  Go check out the exciting debut of a new author:

"Husbandry" by Eugene Fischer

Next is a family with a nine-year-old boy and a dead parakeet. They aren't just dropping off the carcass for deactivation and disposal, they've come to have Gerry, a professional, explain death to their son. Gerry talks to their son about what happens to the bodies of animals when they die, and points out to him the things that make it clear that his bird is dead: the uncoordinated motion, the abandonment of normal behaviors, the lack of interest in water.

And in case you missed the previous two weeks' stories, here they are:

"Turning the Apples" by Tina Connolly

"This ain't a negotiation, boyo," says Jonny. "They're fresh and Hawk's in a lather, he needs what you do." Then Jonny is gone and Szo is sick to his knees because he's just remembered that fresh means awake and screaming.

"The Spider In You" by Sean E. Markey

We kept our god under the sink, in an old aquarium, so it wouldn't spill its web all over the house.