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Herstory & Other Science Fiction
by Jean Marie Stine

Category: Science Fiction/Alternate History
Description: "Rings with Truth!" writes Amazing Stories of Jean Marie Stine's science fiction. In this first-ever collection of her shorter work, you will discover why The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction hails her work as "razor-blade fiction" and the award-winning fantasist Fritz Leiber said she writes with "passion, pain, real pluck [and] a good eye for physical detail." Here you will find novelettes and shorts from Amazing Stories, Galaxy, Pegasus, SF Sagas, and other top-flight publications. Meet the unforgettable Amy, a little girl with a doll, who lives where life is at its most dangerous--"In the Canal Zone." What if God really was female? What if one woman had the power to make it so? Read about her world-changing decision in "Herstory." What is a woman? How many different kinds of woman are there? Discover one answer in "Jinni's So Long at the Fair," a peek into a dark harrowing future and a love that linked two ages. When a corrupt governor discovers there are some crimes even he balks at, his life is in danger and he must turn for help to the newest incarnation of the legendary sorceress, Marie Laveau. What is truth? Pontius Pilate wanted to know. One man finds out when he has an encounter on "The Darkside of the Moon." Then in "Phantom of the Aquarius," "Feelin' Bold," and "Reckless" you'll meet Sven Fort, a man fleeing a doomed future for an ideal past, who just can't help destroying the golden ages into which he flees. As a special bonus you will find "No Exit," co-written with Hugo and Nebula winner Larry Niven. "Stine exploits beautifully a full-blooded, taunt style which bears comparison with the best mainstream fiction." Foundation (U.K.)
eBook Publisher: Renaissance E Books/PageTurner, 2005
eBookwise Release Date: August 2005

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Words: 57239
Reading time: 163-228 min.


CHAPTER 1

AMY AND THE NIGHT VISITOR

Amy saw the woman with jeweled ornaments shoot up from beneath the waters of the canal at twilight. When the woman's face appeared over the edge of the wharf, Amy's eyes widened and she clutched her dolly tighter.

"Don't be frightened, little girl." The woman put a wet but reassuring hand on her head, the rings on her fingers gleaming, then she looked along the deserted wharf, its shadowed, misshapen buildings lit red by the setting sun.

After a moment, her gaze shifted thoughtfully to Amy. "Should you be out alone at this time of day? They warned me the Canal Zone was dangerous."

Amy frowned and squeezed her dolly to her. "It isn't safe sometimes." She looked up forlornly at the dripping woman. "But my mama isn't back yet. And dolly and I get afraid all alone in our room."

The woman smiled gently and patted Amy's head again, but her eyes went back to the row of buildings. Then she looked down questioningly. "Do you know the Red Lion tavern?"

Amy's high, piping answer was prompt. "The Red Lion? Octavio Thomas' place?"

The woman's glance sharpened. "You know Octavio Thomas?"

"Oh yes," Amy said proudly, "My mama and I eat there when she's been paid. Mr. Thomas gives me cranberry juice fresh from the country."

The woman looked at Amy with a gleam in her eye. "If you and your dolly show me the way, I think we could find a mug of cranberry juice. Would you and the dolly like that?"

Amy's smile grew bright. "We'd like that very much." She shifted the dilapidated rag doll around in front, clutched it firmly to her chest and led the way.


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