Malcolm Devlin. Her First Harvest. (Interzone #258, May-June 2015)

Interzone258The illustration to this story by Vince Haig shows a young woman in a smart brocade evening gown with an enormous mushroom growing from her head (in an attractive sort of way).

And Haig has been fairly close to the story, as Devlin posits a world where due to the lack of organic growing material, the settlers have to grow fungi on their backs, and the harvesting is done after an evening on the floor at a society ball. Young Nina is attending her first ball, and like all girls being presented to society for the first time, there are concerns, aunts and cousins, suitors young and old.

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