“Cinderella Faraway”: a short story set between chapters 1 and 2

Is their new life really better than it would have been on Earth?   by Sue Burke Nicoletta knew her mother would die soon. Many adults had gotten cancer from radiation during the long space flight. Her mother had recently developed a lump in her neck and had trouble breathing. But she still liked to … Continue reading “Cinderella Faraway”: a short story set between chapters 1 and 2

“Spiders”: a short story set between chapters 3 and 4

When Roland was a boy, his father took him out for a walk. This story was previously published in Asimov’s magazine and Year’s Best SF 14.   by Sue Burke Just before we went into the forest, I found the sort of thing I wanted to show my son. “Roland, look, there’s a leaf lizard nest … Continue reading “Spiders”: a short story set between chapters 3 and 4

When Plants Kill (the article that gave birth to this novel)

This article appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of Terra Incognita magazine. It was inspired by my own houseplants, which had attacked each other in my living room. As I researched the article, I realized that we live in the midst of a photosynthetic war. And I began to wonder: what if... Imagine alien beings … Continue reading When Plants Kill (the article that gave birth to this novel)