Alexandra Duncan. Swamp City Lament. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2010)

The Queen is dead and whilst there is mourning, it is short-lived, as the King will choose a new bride from his concubines.

The story follows the daughter of one of the concubines, a typically rebellious teen, in a near-future in which the environment has suffered, and a glimpse of a green plant is a thing of rare beauty, and one that offers a hope in the future.

An interesting setting, part feudal-fantasy, part SF.

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