Psst! Hey you! Yeah, you! Wanna read some terrific SF?
What? No! It stands for ‘science fiction’! What the hell is wrong with you?
Anyway, like I said: wanna read some great science fiction? For free? Yeah, course you do. So here’s what you need to do. Point your web browser at Pat Cadigan’s Facebook page – specifically here, and start reading her James Tiptree Award-longlisted story ‘Lost Girls’. Look, we’ll even start you off:
Well, I tried to tell him there was going to be trouble. I really did. I really thought that as the female who had been closest to him the longest, I’d have had some major influence, that he would listen. But it’s the same old story – it’s just about impossible to get anyone to take you seriously when you’re only a few inches high and covered with fairy dust. And you’re cursed with tinkling bells for a voice. After all that, the frivolous name is practically anticlimax. Can’t say I haven’t contributed to my own predicament, though. For time out of mind, I’ve played the role of the party girl with gusto. I was, after all, the one who always got everybody high – literally. You wanted to fly, I was the girl to see, I had the stuff. Still am. You can’t help what you are, after all. But, as I maintained to Peter, you can help what you do with it.
You can find more of two-time Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Pat Cadigan’s work at her author page on the SF Gateway – including the collection Dirty Work, which contains the story above – and read about the author herself in her entry at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Now, go on – get outta here!