Kij Johnson. Ponies. (Nebula Awards Showcase 2012)

Joint Winner of the Nebula Award, Best Short Story. Originally published on and still available, and so, as it’s only a few pages long – click here to read it.

If you though Alex and his mid-teen droogs were scary, the pre-teen girls in this story will unsettle you as well. It’s a short exploration of the cruelty in childhood involved in ‘friendships’, being part of the crowd, and the real hurt that can come in terms of what you have to pay to be accepted.

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