Unwelcome Bodies

Unwelcome Bodies

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by Jennifer Pelland

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Pain. Pleasure. The sensation of touch.we feel everything through our skin, that delicate membrane separating "I" from "other," protecting the very essence of self.

Until it breaks. Or changes. Or burns.

What would you do if you were the one called on to save humanity, and the price you had to pay was becoming something other than human? Or if healing your body


Pain. Pleasure. The sensation of touch.we feel everything through our skin, that delicate membrane separating "I" from "other," protecting the very essence of self.

Until it breaks. Or changes. Or burns.

What would you do if you were the one called on to save humanity, and the price you had to pay was becoming something other than human? Or if healing your body meant losing the only person you've ever loved?

Wander through worlds where a woman craves even a poisonous touch.a man's deformities become a society's fashion.genetic regeneration keeps the fires of Hell away.and painted lovers risk everything to break the boundaries of their caste system down.

Separate your mind from your flesh and come in. Welcome.

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Apex Publications
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For the Plague Thereof Was Exceeding Great

December 1, 2010: World AIDS Day

Kathleen Murphy gripped her can of Mace tightly as she rode the Red Line to work, hands sweating inside the latex of her surgical gloves. All around her, her fellow T riders were openly clutching Mace or pepper spray as well, all glancing around the car from behind safety goggles and surgical masks. Technically, it was still illegal to carry chemical sprays without a license, but no one enforced those laws anymore. It was safer not to.

The T pulled into Harvard Station, the end of the line, and she rose to get off the train. She remembered the days when people would crowd around the doors and bustle off in a mass of closely-packed bodies. No one touched anyone anymore. They wouldn't even come close. She never thought she'd miss that.

She made her way up the escalator, not touching the handrails, crossed Mass. Ave., and headed toward the gates of Harvard Yard. At least the university was still open, even though enrollment had been dropping precipitously over the past four years. No one wanted to send their children away to school anymore. Not unless they lived in a country with even higher infection rates than the U.S. The only schools that were still doing well were Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health. They even offered scholarship money. That was unheard-of.

At the gates, she flashed her employee ID to the armed guards, waited for them to scan it, and was let in. Still, she remained vigilant as she dashed through the Yard. The crazies had gotten into plenty of secure areas, armed guards notwithstanding. She didn't feel safe until she'd sprinted up the stairs toWidener Library, flashed her ID again, and then heard the doors close behind her. She realized her safety was illusory, but she'd take it.

Meet the Author

Jennifer Pelland lives in the Boston area with an Andy, three cats, and an impractical number of books. Her short story collection Unwelcome Bodies was released by Apex in 2008, and contains her Nebula-nominated story “Captive Girl.” In her so-called copious spare time, she studies bellydance in a futile attempt to be graceful before she completely loses her knees. Her web site, which includes a link to her blog, is at www.jenniferpelland.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel compelled to write a review of this boook. I utterly disliked these short stories. Yet, I continued to read them. The stories were macabre and often horrifying in an almost disgusting way. However, the author's writing style and adability to express her thoughts and ideas is superb. I would not recommend this book as an enjoyable read. I wouldn't recommend that anyone should take the time to read it at all. I was just too disgusted most of the time while I was reading it. Having said that, I can't remember the last time I read an author's work that compelled me to write anything at all! The novel was thought provoking and moving. It was also highly original and will undoubtedly inspire other authors in pursuit of their own work. This book is a bell that will be rung repeatedly in many future novels. So, I'd like to laud the author and her work, but I feel I must tell the mainstream lover of science fiction that they should look elsewhere for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic collection! This is the book that showed me that I can love science fiction. Everyone should read this. 
Donna_M_Brown More than 1 year ago
Unwelcome Bodies is a collection of, well, frankly, utterly unnerving tales. It¿s rare for me to review SFF and rare for me to review short stories, so a combination of both is practically unhead of. However, Jennifer Pelland¿s collection looked to be full of intriguing ideas and I wanted to try something new. Pelland presents a range of scenarios that range from slightly eerie to full blown frightening. From the story about the woman whose sister has been sewn into her body to the man on a quest to find the key to eternal life, these are thought provoking stories of what life in the future could be like. I found myself flitting from repulsion to fear to awe as I worked my way through the volume. Each story is a relatively short length and easily digestible. All are followed by notes from the author, divulging ¿the story behind the story¿. The volume is well narrated by Linette Geisel, who applies a steady pace and clear enunciation, making this a relatively easy listen for such a disturbing volume. If it lacks in one thing, it¿s quite possibly in the editorial of the narration. There were times when the end of a story and the beginning of the ¿notes¿ ran so closely together it took me a moment to realise that the story had finished. However, this is a minor complaint and only occurred a small number of times across the seven hour volume. As a fan of John Wyndham and Isaac Asimov I often wonder why I don¿t really consider myself a science-fiction fan these days. Reading/listening to a volume such as this makes me realise that this isn¿t a genre I should close myself off to. This was one of the most intriguing volumes of short stories I¿ve encountered. Pelland is an excellent storyteller with a vivid imagination. I wouldn¿t hesitate to recommend her writing or to look out for future volumes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! It's social relevant and very interesting, exploring both science fiction and humanity. If English classes read books like this more kids would be true reading die hards. Pelland speculates about the future and cuts to the core of the human soul with a collection of story that should be required reading.