By Camille Alexa, Derryl Murphy, Julie E. Czerneda, Douglas Smith, Claude Lalumière, Kevin Cockle, M.L.D. Curelas, Jean-Louis Trudel
Conflicts over assets are as outdated as human history.
Climate switch, in addition to persevered inhabitants enlargement and alterations to the area monetary order, provides an important new issue to the equation. we will be able to stay with out diamonds and gold, we will be able to even locate choices to grease, yet water, nutrients, land, and air are irreplaceable.
Blood & Water offers a powerful selection of writers representing each area of the rustic whose tales are set from coast to coast to coast.
Mostly technological know-how fiction, with a sprinkling of the glorious, Blood and Water provides a bleak destiny – but in addition deals wish or even joy.
Perhaps that's the 'uniquely Canadian perspective'- each clash has a solution, each challenge has an answer.
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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.
Blood & Water by Camille Alexa, Derryl Murphy, Julie E. Czerneda, Douglas Smith, Claude Lalumière, Kevin Cockle, M.L.D. Curelas, Jean-Louis Trudel