Sharpen your beaks, prickle your barbs, color your ears. My Kiki, my brothers, we must guard our broods…
The Kiki dwell contentedly in their hive until the odd roundy beasts plummet to the surface.
Chantelle and James, marooned on an alien world of banded stone and gaping chasms, take refuge in the warrens of the roach-like denizens of the planet. They find a peaceful, if uneasy, co-existence.
Until the baby arrives.
And they call again for help.
And Chantelle must choose: her baby or her life…
A strange tale of science-fiction by Alistair Ainscott.
“The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing
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The Writing of the Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki
This is one of the short stories that I wrote at the short story workshop that I did with Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. To be honest it was the best received of the four stories that I wrote for the workshop. It has a strange voice for the parts told from the alien’s otherworldly point-of-view, funny in an odd way, but it mostly seemed to work for the twenty other writers who attended. This is interspersed with scenes from Chantelle’s (the protagonist’s) point of view.
Kris liked like the story and encouraged me to mail it or e-pub it (which I have now done).
Dean Wesley Smith loved the title. He must have said “What a great title!” three or four times.
This also may be the only science fiction story ever written about the Kiki / Bouba effect. It’s a real psychophysical effect. Look it up.