Poison Maiden, Open Skies Now Free to Read

By Laurie Tom
May 4, 2020 · 121 words · 1 minute


From the author: It's May, and I'm opening up one of my short stories for free!


I've opened up my short story "Poison Maiden, Open Skies" to be free to all readers.  This originally appeared a few years ago in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show and is still one of my sentimental favorites.

When a World War I munitions factory accident turns the women who work there poisonous, they're deployed to the Western Front as a special chemical warfare unit, Harpy Squad.

It was fun writing what is essentially a superhero origin story in a historical setting, but with a group of women who are going through the experience together.

I also have a set of author's notes about the development of the story that you can peruse after reading.


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Laurie Tom

Laurie Tom is a Chinese American author living in southern California. She likes books, video games, and anime.