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Captive Girl

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Captive Girl

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Author: Jennifer Pelland
Publisher: Helix SF, 2006

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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In this brilliant dark science fiction story from her collection Unwelcome Bodies, Nebula-nominated Jennifer Pelland confronts the handicap that is normality...

Alice watches the skies with two other saviors of humankind, children who were altered into monsters to save a space colony from an attack like the one that killed Alice's parents. Alice lives in slavery to duty and machines: yet she's content, supported by the love of her minder, Dr. DeVeaux. Marika.

Then the program is shut down, and Alice is forced to return to normal human functionality.

Loss of purpose... loss of time... loss of her machines.

And the revulsion of her beloved Marika, at Alice's loss of helplessness.

The story was originally published in Helix SF, Fall 2006. It can also be found in the Nebula Awards Showcase 2009, edited by Ellen Datlow and the collection Unwelcome Bodies (2008).

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