Hugo Best Short Story (nominee)
This is the Earth written with a different biology. This is a story about a young person and her remarkable lover and the day when everything changes.

"We started down a long hillside, passing a small weathered sign that quietly announced that we were entering Chromatella. I read the name aloud, twice. Then came the first of the empty buildings, set on both sides of the little highway. My Chrome had warned me, but it was still a sad shock. There were groceries and hardware stores and clothing stores and gas stations, and all of them were slowly collapsing into their basements, old roofs pitched this way and that. One block of buildings had been burned down. A pair of Chrome's near-daughters had been cooking opossum in one of the abandoned kitchens. At least that was the official story. But my Chrome gave me this sly look, confessing, "When I was their age, I wanted to burn all of this. Every night I fought the urge. It wasn't until I was grown up that I understood why Mother left these buildings alone.""

Robert Reed has been nominated for 8 Hugo Awards, including "Whiptail." Reed used to be quite good at catching whiptail lizards with his bare hands.

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March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Whiptail: Hugo nominated story
Author(s): Robert Reed
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