As I receive contracts and final edits from authors, I’ll post a teaser from their story here and on our Facebook page. You know where to get the rest, right? Comments are welcome.
Lord God Bird
Sal comes down from the tree and shakes his head. He wipes smears of black moss off his hands. I turn away. I will not let him see me cry. I sneeze, and blow my nose, and blame the damp wind that seeps through my clothes. It’s getting colder. Soon it will be winter, and time for us to leave. Time for us to move on to a new world, a springtime world, and begin our search again.
The bird haunts my dreams. I hear wingbeats when I go to sleep. I wake to her golden eye gazing into mine. I see her shadow in the trees when I go out, and when I come home. My people called her a god long after the Frenchmen informed us that gods wear the bodies of men, not birds.
So, why did we take this story? We liked the concept and cultural awareness of the story, as well as the way it embedded background through the main story action. Not to mention the intriguing take on an SF topic we’ve seen before, but never quite like this. The original was 1800 words; final edit is 1775 words.
Tune in tomorrow for our next tease. The full Table of Contents is here.