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Clarkesworld Magazine - Science Fiction and Fantasy : Immersion by Aliette de Bodard

A Hugo Award-Winning and World Fantasy Award-Nominated Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine.

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immersion, by aliette de bodard

Winner: 2012 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, Winner: 2013 Locus Award for Best Short Story, 2012 BSFA Award Nominee for Best Short Story, 2013 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Short Story, 2013 Finalist: Theodore Sturgeon Award

Nebula nominee 2012

In the morning, you're no longer quite sure who you are.

You stand in front of the mirror—it shifts and trembles, reflecting only what you want to see—eyes that feel too wide, skin that feels too pale, an odd, distant smell wafting from the compartment's ambient system that is neither incense nor garlic, but something else, something elusive that you once knew.

You're dressed, already—not on your skin, but outside, where it matters, your avatar sporting blue and black and gold, the stylish clothes of a well-travelled, well-connected woman. For a moment, as you turn away from the mirror, the glass shimmers out of focus; and another woman in a dull silk gown stares back at you: smaller, squatter and in every way diminished—a stranger, a distant memory that has ceased to have any meaning.


I'm a science fiction/fantasy writer, social justice activist and fangirl of many things.

I had trouble with this one at first because one of the POVs was hard to grok, but I liked where the story went in the end.

#storyeachnight: "Immersion" by @aliettedb from: Cultural assimilation digitized, with a hopeful ending. I enjoyed it.


A random mix of whatever catches my fancy, mostly fanfic/fanart/fanvids and art resources.