“Sun Dogs” by Brooke Bolander

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Laika was stolen off the streets by the catch-men when she was only a puppy. They brought her to the whitecoats, and she had no reason to fight them. Brother was gone leaving her with nothing to fight for. She was taken to the white place where they kept her in cages which became progressively smaller over time. Brother died. Finally, they placed her in the tiny silver ball where time loses all meaning. Laika spends her days dreaming of better, happier times with Brother. When she is visited by mysterious, fiery creatures, they present her with a choice: seek revenge against the humans or get a second chance at life on earth. Laika must decide.

Sun Dogs

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About the Author
Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster girl of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop at UCSD. She enjoys loud music, peaty scotch, drawings that move, and anything pumpkin-flavored you might happen to have on hand. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Reflection’s Edge, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed.
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