Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 15 February 2015 (Tales from the Inhabited Worlds)

Cover design by Glass Knife Press Technical Services.

Cover design by Glass Knife Press Technical Services.

I don’t remember being born the first time, nor do I remember the First Song they sang to encourage my gene-mother Sita in her labors. There were three of them leading that chorus, Matar and Estrel and Altair.

My gene-father was Matar, star-of-the-rain, and my gene-mother, Sita. Both their names came from the archives of the Original World, which we take for good fortune. Rain and earth; my father was the most talented singer of his generation, and his voice spanned a greater range than anyone’s I ever heard, even on Karis or the Downlink.

When I was small and sat in his lap, I could feel his voice thrumming through me, and I would sing along, in my own range. He had great power as a singer; it was he who taught me how to sustain a note at full force for longer than one would think possible. He knew his own breath; once or twice he gambled his own life on that, to accomplish a rescue. His work-crew had to do with safety and (in worst case) recovery of survivors and casualties alike.


Excerpt from “The Resurrection of Yasmin Sure-Hand,” in Tales from the Inhabited Worlds.

Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from many different writers. For the full selection, see here.

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7 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 15 February 2015 (Tales from the Inhabited Worlds)

  1. Cara Bristol says:

    Nice writing. Well done.

  2. daezarkian says:

    Beautiful. I love the idea of communication based around song.

  3. Mmmm. Gorgeous snippet as always!

  4. Quite a world you’ve built. It’s quite intricate, and your descriptions are well done.

  5. Beautiful and fascinating as always….makes me want to ask your characters questions (lots of questions!) and have a log conversation with them. Excellent excerpt!

  6. Mari says:

    I love the way the passage is written! You spoke about song and singing, and the passage to me had its own kind of musicality.

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Beautiful, evocative writing. For some reason I imagine a sitar accompanying the singers.

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