Thursday, April 30, 2009

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.
Rating: B.
Download full text from publisher's site, or MP3 from StarShipSofa.
Nebula award 2008 winner in short story category.


ardamon said...

what would say the epiphany would be of the stiry and who made it