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May 05 , 2010

A Place to Call Home


When her friend Rohan receives a termination notice from his employer, Amaranta thinks it is the perfect time to get what she wants.

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Part of the "Break Bites" Series: Stories short enough to read when you get a break from your everyday activities.

Originally published in the April/May 2008 issue of Cosmos Magazine, this short story received an Honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection. It was translated into Greek and reprinted in Ennea magazine #442 Feb 4, 2009.

About the author:
Amber D. Sistla was born in Oklahoma and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has a degree in computer science and has six U.S. and E.U. patents. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Nature, Jim Baen's Universe, Postcripts, Cosmos, Bull Spec, and Daily Science Fiction. She is an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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