Tansy Rayner Roberts (cassiphone) wrote in lastshortstory,
Tansy Rayner Roberts

Sparring with the Alien

"Fuck Gary, anyway. He is dead and she is here with an alien pressed against her cervix."

Kij Johnson, "Spar" Clarkesworld Oct - this is an amazing, disturbing (dare I say penetrating?) story about alien sex that actually deals with the various potentials of what sex with an alien might actually be like - that is to say, confusing and uncommunicative as well as being (by necessity) fairly open-minded about the definitions and parameters of sexuality. A chilling, ruthless and very memorable story. I agree with Jonathan that it's one of the must-reads of the year.

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