I pulled myself off her torso, which made her flinch, and took the form of a madder-lily once more - a harmless ornament on the phone room's table.Second paragraph of third section of “The Loyal Left Hand”, by Jonathan Blum:
And that was just the capper to the whole journey - at that time when you've had all the sleep you're going to get, and the breakfast service is still an eternity away, and there's just no cosmic point to freshening up for landing yet, and no matter what time it is at either end of the flight your internal clock is stuck at the 3am of the soul. Their shrieking neighbours weren't helping either... As usual on a Draconian flight, they had a separate economy section for families with children, with extra running-about-room in the back and entertainments for rambunctious little lizards. A lovely theory, but this meant every single squalling infant within a third of a light year was right next to her ears.Second paragraph of third section of “Nursery Politics”, by Philip Purser-Hallard:
It's not that I forgot, exactly, I just got distracted. You would have too. No really, I guarantee.Next in my readthrough of the Bernice books, this is a rather good collection of three novellas telling the story of Benny, the Draconians and the Mim, the last of these being a race capable of metamorphosis and mass reproduction. The particular issue is the destiny of a large number of infant Mim, captured by the Draconians in a recent conflict, at the same time as Benny and Jason are recomciling and thinking about having their own child (hitherto glimpsed as an alternate future possibility). The Whoniverse doesn’t always do big issues like parenting and relationships all that well; this is one of the better efforts in that direction, with plenty of plot to keep all three novellas going. I liked all three very much; maybe I can single out Kate Orman’s introductory piece, which sets the tone by observing human life (especially sex) from the point of view of a non-human. You can get it here.
Next on my list is a short story collection, Missing Adventures, edited by Rebecca Levene.