Ebb Tides and Other Tales

Mary Soon Lee's second collection, "Ebb Tides and Other Tales," is published by Dark Regions Press. It contains twenty science fiction stories, including "Lifework," which appeared in The Year's Best SF #5, and "The Day Before They Came," which was in The Year's Best SF #4.

The cover art, shown to the left, is "Merglenn's Robotics" by AB Word, Copyright 2002.

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Contents
Ebb Tide When a new law means that her daughter must be 'upgraded' to a robot, Emma flees to England - Received an Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror #9.
Luna Classifieds A classifieds column on the Moon.
Silent in the Cities A girl comes of age without ever having met another human.
The Day Before They Came A vignette about a mother preparing for her child's birthday - Included in "The Year's Best SF #4," edited by David Hartwell; short-listed for the British Science Fiction Association awards; and received an Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Science Fiction #16.
Universal Grammar What does a xenolinguist do when the aliens won't speak to her? - A finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and given an Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Science Fiction #15.
Ex Terra, Ex Astris A sequel to 'Universal Grammar': should humanity sign a contract with the secretive aliens?
The Language Trade First time in print - A sequel to 'Ex Terra, Ex Astris': finally the aliens are offering advanced technology, but is it worth the cost?
To the Maxi-Blender 3000, Serial Number 1-498-86 A robot in love.
One Small Step A former radio-astronomer yearns to be part of the team headed to the Moon.
Murder Absolute In a world where murder is legalized, one killer breaks the rules.
1-800-Clone-Me A phone call to a cloning service.
Holly First time in print - Breaking the social taboos, Gillian decides to raise her own child.
Assembly Line Anomalies on the robot assembly line threaten Marianne's job.
Plant Life First time in print - The plants are talking, and someone's out to get them.
PauseTime How convenient it would be to temporarily 'pause' your children? Maybe too convenient.... - Included in Locus's Recommended Short Stories list for 2000, and received an Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Science Fiction #18.
Tranquility A lonely woman is tempted by mood-altering pills.
How the Witnesses Hooked Me First time in print - David's father has aliens as lodgers.
Interior Landscape Richard Thorpe orders an experimental procedure that gives him a limited form of telepathy with his wife.
Luna Incognita A young alien struggles not to let his race down when he arrives at university on the Moon.
Lifework Despite mandatory psychiatric counseling, Kyoko refuses to divorce her husband - Included in "The Year's Best SF #5," edited by David Hartwell, and included in Locus's Recommended Short Stories list for 1999.


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