August 3, 2008

"Called Out to Snow Crease Farm"

"Called Out to Snow Crease Farm"
Strange Horizons, July 28, 2008
This story is about a novice veterinarian forced to treat an alien beast. The setting with its black thorn fences originated in a dream I had that was inspired by a weird item I saw in the produce section of the supermarket, called a "caltrop" or "horned water chestnut." The actual dream was scary, but the story ends on a hopeful note.
  • Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois

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