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
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
Suppose my skin were impregnated with chlorophyll and I could practice photosynthesis. That’s what plants do to turn sunshine into energy. If I spent a full day laying naked in the sun, I would produce the energy equivalent of one cocktail peanut. This illustrates the two main differences between plants and animals. The average woman … Continue reading If I were a plant
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)
Years ago, one of my houseplants killed another plant. At first, I thought it was my fault because I should have been more attentive, like a proper indoor gardener. Then a few months later, now vigilant, I caught a philodendron about to attack another plant. So I did some research and learned that plants are … Continue reading Dominant plants? Really?