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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"Spider the Artist" by Nnedi Okorafor

First appeared in Seeds of Change.
Reprinted in Lightspeed
This was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award.

A fresh take on the zombie trope.  These zombies are actually robots that protect the Nigerian oil pipeline.  They attack anyone who gets too close, but even so, our narrator, after being abused by her husband, takes her guitar out and strums.  There she befriends a zombie, Udide.  Later, after the zombie revolt, it protects her--perhaps a better husband than she'd had.

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