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Itsy Bitsy Spider

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Author: James Patrick Kelly
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 1997

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Locus Award-winning and Hugo-, Nebula-, and Sturgeon-nominated Short Story

In this emotional tale of family secrets set in 2038, Jen has been estranged from her father, a Shakespearian actor, ever since he got divorced from her mother years and years ago. But when her mother dies, Jen is astonished to discover that she has left her ex-husband a fortune in her will. Jen tries to confront her father, but first she must get past the robot that cares for him.

This story was originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1997. The story can be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection (1998), edited by Gardner Dozois, Year's Best SF 3 (1998), edited by David G. Hartwell, Nebula Awards 33 (1999), edited by Connie Willis and Robots (2005), edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. It is included in the collections Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997) and Masters of Science Fiction: James Patrick Kelly (2016).

Read the full story for free at the Baen Free Library.


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