Nina Kiriki Hoffman's "Trophy Wives" (short story, free): Complicated dramatization of harem culture
While I didn't get bored, there wasn't anything to engage me here either. But it's a Nebula winner.
Story summary.Story is of the escape of Milla, a human girl sold to a rich alien by her mother. Alien is a collector of "women" of many species, including humans, whom he marries & then exhibits in "bubbles" for the pleasure of his visitors; apparantly, this enhances his status in his culture.
In her escape, Milla will be helped by a gestalt of two telepathically-linked women, one of whom is the narrator.
Fact sheet.First published: Martin H Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes (Eds)' Fellowship Fantastic (anthology). 2008. DAW Books.
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Nebula award 2008 winner in short story category.