By Adam Roberts
Amassed jointly for the 1st time from an important writer are the quick tales of Adam Roberts. designated twisted visions from the sides and the centre of the SF genres. tales that hold Adam Roberts' trademark splendor of fashion and stressed enquiry of the style he loves a lot. Acclaimed tales, a few that experience seemed in magazines, a few in anthologies, a few showing for the 1st time. tales to make you think that, to make you chortle, to make you ask yourself, to make you uneasy. tales that ask questions, tales that sow mysteries. yet continuously tales that entertain.
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Don't come in, Rhiannon,” Alice said. Rhiannon came in. ” “What she means,” Alice said, “is that we've checked her and she isn't pregnant. ” Rhiannon didn't look at her mother, just gazed with wide eyes at her father. “You didn't need to—hurt yourself, Daddy. I forgive you. People lose control sometimes. ” It was too much for Howard. He cried out, shouted his confession, how he had manipulated her all his life, how he was an utterly selfish and rotten parent, and when it was over Rhiannon came to her father and laid her head on his chest and said, softly, “Father, it's all right.
He took it by the neck with one hand and picked up the knife with the other. He carried both to the toilet. He had to flush twice to handle the flow of blood and pus. Howard wondered if the child was infected with some disease—the white fluid was thick and at least as great in volume as the blood. Then he flushed seven more times to take the pieces of the creature down the drain. Even after death, the suction pads clung tightly to the porcelain; Howard pried them off with the knife. Eventually, the child was completely gone.
It had to be a nightmare. In the middle of the night, in a bathroom lighted by a single bulb, with a travesty of humanity writhing on the floor, Howard could not believe that it had any reality. Could it be a mutation that had somehow lived? Yet the thing had far more purpose, far more control of its body than any human infant. The baby slithered across the floor as Howard, in pain from the wounds on his body, watched in a panic of indecision. The baby reached the wall and cast a flipper onto it.
Adam Robots: Short Stories by Adam Roberts