Shweta Narayan’s short story Nira and I has been published by the web magazine Strange Horizons.
Nira and I are with Hemal on the day she dies. She is teaching us a clapping song game, a remembering game. She is winning.
Shweta Narayan has lived in places where Hemal’s story is less fictional than she’d like. She was the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship recipient at Clarion 2007. She has a poem in the Winter 2009 issue of Goblin Fruit and stories forthcoming in places like Shimmer, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, and the Beastly Bride anthology, and she is working on her first novel. For more about the author, see her website.