From the author: When you die, you go to Heaven… and so does every cell that has ever been a part of your body.
Robin, as a whole, died.
She awoke to ascension—floating, every cell in her body awakening, her revivified heart beating joy.
But when she arrived, she saw the rest of her resurrected self: skin and hair and scabs, pieces of her that had withered and fallen away across a lifetime.
And waited here.
They merged. Her intestines burst with years of linings; her bones splintered with accumulated marrow; her veins inflated with blood. Her mouth filled with old teeth, and she could not scream.
Everything lives forever in Heaven.
This story originally appeared in Everyday Weirdness.
From a mechanical forest that constructs itself to the streets of Kyoto 8,000 years hence, the sometimes whimsical, sometimes cutting short fiction of KJ Kabza has been dubbed “Delightful” (Locus Online) and “Very clever, indeed” (SFRevu). Collecting all of his work published before May 2011 (plus 5 new stories, notes on the stories, and an interview by Julia Rios), IN PIECES offers glimpses into other worlds—some not unlike your own.
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