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Erinn L. Kemper - The SongErinn L Kemper is a Canadian Horror writer living in the Carribean, with a number of published short stories to her name.

The Song is not something I would have rated as horror, but rather as desolate and dystopian; but I can see how you could arrive at that definition when coming from the other direction, so to speak. It is set on a former oil rig now serving as a whale farming and research station, and follows a change in behaviour of the whales, and associated changes to their songs.

It is, I'm sure to no surprise, not entirely cheerful, and for me had both echoes of Somtow Sucharitkul's Starship and Haiku and, to a lesser degree, of Peter Watt's Bulk Food. But judge yourself, the link is below and on the right - it's worth your time!

Norwegian-based High North Alliance claims the carbon footprint resulting from eating whale meat is substantially lower than that of beef. One serving of whale meat contains 181% of your daily intake of iron, and 55% of your daily intake of B12. It is low in fat and cholesterol. As of 2010, fluke meat cost up to two hundred dollars per kilogram, more than triple the price of belly meat.

—Dr. Suzanne Anderson, How Do You Like Your Whale?

The illustration on the right is by Mary Haasdyk

Links: Erinn L. Kemper - The Song - Starship and Haiku - Bulk Food - Mary Haasdyk

 

 

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Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

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Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

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