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Locus Magazine short fiction review Rich Horton has some really cool things to say about my short story “Still Life With Skull” in his just-published review of Solaris Rising 2.
 

Mike Allen’s “Still Life With Skull”, set in the same very strange world as his “Twa Sisters” from last year, is about the most adventurous story here. As with the previous story, it’s not always easy to get what’s going on, which is part of the point, I think. It involves strangely sculpted people — the main character is a box with eight arms and two legs — but one thing is illegal, changing your core DNA. And so when the main character is asked to perform this service for a visitor — well, all heck breaks out. Neatly wild ideas, and a creepy ending.

 
Rich put my story on his Recommended Reading List. He also highlighted stories from the anthology by Eugie Foster and Kim Lakin-Smith. #SFWApro
 

Originally published at DESCENT INTO LIGHT. You can comment here or there.

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On October 3rd, 2013 12:57 am (UTC), sovay commented:
Mike Allen’s “Still Life With Skull”, set in the same very strange world as his “Twa Sisters” from last year, is about the most adventurous story here.

So when's the chapbook of that universe coming out?
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:28 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Oh, Lawdy mercy! How can you think such a thang?
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:32 am (UTC), sovay replied:
How can you think such a thang?

Optimistically?
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:34 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Hee! I love the idea — but there's a little voice in my head that's like Don't you already have enough books no one buys? Heh.
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:38 am (UTC), sovay replied:
Don't you already have enough books no one buys?

Bounce it off the publishers of The Black Fire Concerto and see what they think? They should be able to tell you if anyone's buying that book or not.
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:39 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
I'm certain they're not ready to try another book yet.
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:48 am (UTC), sovay replied:
I'm certain they're not ready to try another book yet.

That'll give you time to finish the next one in the series, then.
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:53 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Hee! That is another way to look at it. I've started on that too, by the way. I've written a WHOLE PAGE. ;-p
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:38 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
I am writing another story in the series though.
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On October 3rd, 2013 02:39 am (UTC), sovay replied:
I am writing another story in the series though.

Huzzah.
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