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Daddy's World

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Daddy's World

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Author: Walter Jon Williams
Publisher: Clarkesworld Magazine, 2015
Roc, 1999

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Book Type: Novelette
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Nebula Award winning and Sturgeon Award nominated short story.

Little Jamie lives with his family in an eerily perfect environment, entertained by characters from literature, sung to sleep at night by the Woman in the Moon. But cracks begin to appear in Jamie's world that reveal rifts within his family, and he begins to see the terrifying reality behind the walls of his life, and to understand that perfection has its price...

The story originally appeared in the anthology Not of Woman Born (1999), edited by Constance Ash. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2000), edited by Gardner Dozois, Nebula Awards Showcase 2002, edited by Kim Stanley Robinson, Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005), edited by Gardner Dozois, and Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007), edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel. It is included in the collections The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories (2010) and The Best of Walter Jon Williams (2021).

Read the story for free at Clarkesword.


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