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The Fluted Girl

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The Fluted Girl

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Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Publisher: Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 2003

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Horror
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Sturgeon Award nominated novelette.

In "The Fluted Girl," Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi weaves a tale of the freedoms and shackles of wealth and fame. Lidia is a fluted girl, one of a pair of genetically altered and surgically designed twins, intended to win the hearts and minds of all who observe her in performance. While Lidia's patron, Madame Belari, plots to profit from Lidia's and her sister's debut exhibition, Lidia seeks her freedom, and will pay any price to seize it.

This story was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2003. It is included in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection (2004), edited by Gardner Dozois, Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (2004), edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2004), edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link. It can also be found in the collection Pump Six and Other Stories (2008).

Read the full story for free at the author's website.


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