Irridescent New Voice in Speculative Fiction – Vandana SINGH

An excerpt from Vandana Singh's short story, "Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra"

This is a stand-out story included in Vandana’s anthology, Ambiguity Machines & Others Stories. It really deserves a voice reading with a cool sound-track and visuals. Just an excerpt to get you hooked…

Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra

I am Somadeva.

I was once a man, a poet, a teller of tales, but I am long dead now. I lived in the eleventh century of the Common Era in northern India. Then we could only dream of that fabulous device, the udan-khatola, the ship that flies between worlds. Then, the sky-dwelling Vidyadharas were myth, occupying a reality different from our own. And the only wings I had with which to make my journeys were those of my imagination. . . .

Who or what am I now, in this age when flying between worlds is commonplace? Who brought me into being, here in this small, cramped space, with its smooth metallic surfaces, and the round window revealing an endless field of stars?

It takes me a moment to recognize Isha. She is lying in her bunk, her hair spread over the pillow, looking at me.

And then I remember the first time I woke up in this room, bewildered. Isha told me she had re-created me. She fell in love with me fifteen centuries after my death, after she read a book I wrote, an eighteen-volume compendium of folktales and legends, called the Kathāsaritsāgara: The Ocean of Streams of Story.

Read the rest of the story at http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/somadeva-a-sky-river-sutra

Or pick up the book, preferably from your local indie bookshop…!

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