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About "The Didibug Pin"

By Barbara Krasnoff
Apr 5, 2020 · 249 words · 1 minute


From the author: How I came to write the short story "The Didibug Pin"


"The Didibug Pin" was originally published in an anthology titled Menial: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction, edited by Kelly Jennings and Shay Darrach, and published by Crossed Genres, a wonderful small press that is now, unfortunately, defunct. The purpose of the anthology was to go beyond the usual science fiction / fantasy tropes of spaceship commanders, emperors, wizards, princesses and heroes who have a Destiny. To tell the story of, as the publishers described it, "people who understand and maintain the building blocks of civilization." 

The story behind the story: This is one of those stories that started out as a possible novel, but which never got beyond the short story stage. Lize's story went through a great many rewrites before I even began to send it out, and kept being tweaked between each submission until it was finally bought by Crossed Genres.

In fact, this is actually much shorter than it was originally. There were scenes to more fully illustrate the culture of the young cliffcrawler harvesters, including their sexual lives; there were scenes in the marketplace where the newly adult Lize went looking for the woman she had met as a young child; there were additional scenes with her ailing mother and with the representatives of the Company. 

Perhaps one day I'll return to Lize's story, and to what happened to her after she escaped the Company, and what she did with her life. I'd be interested to find out.


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Barbara Krasnoff

Writer of weird speculative short stories.