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New Story: ‘The Mary Anna’

By Adam Roberts | January 5, 2011
Categories: Short Fiction

Not entirely new (it appeared in the Starship Sofa Stories Vol 2 collection a while ago, with a lovely picture); but no-one seems to have noticed it when it came out in that venue, so I'm reposting it for free on my Europrog blog.

The story is called 'The Mary Anna': a lump of Golden-Age-esque Kiplingite of which I'm very, perhaps over, proud. I read it again and wonder if it isn't the best short story I've yet written, though the resonant, cavernous silence with which it has been greeted so far suggests the wisdom of the crowd is at variance with my opinion. Still, a writer should take pride in his/her work. Within limits, of course.

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