I haven’t done much promotion of my ebook Night Bird Soaring and Other Stories, mainly because I was lazy, but I figured it would be nice to at least try to make back the money I spent on the cover art, so I’m giving some try to promotion. Every Wednesday for the next seventeen weeks, I’m going to post the first 1.5 – 2k of each story in the collection, hopefully to get readers hungry for more. And in some cases, that means readers will get a full story!
Our first selection comes from the collection’s title story, Night Bird Soaring. It follows the life of Totyoalli, who was selected at birth to be the flesh representation of the Mexica god Tezcatlipoca and is destined to die at the sacrifice on his thirtieth birthday. But Totyoalli has his heart set on becoming an astronaut and isn’t about ready to let destiny get in his way. This story originally appeared in Greatest Uncommon Denominator and made the long list for the BSFA and was a finalist for the Sidewise Award. It also appeared in audio format in Escape Pod, narrated by Mat Weller (who did a fantastic job with the tongue-twister names).
Without further ado, on to the story….
On his sixth birthday, Totyoalli’s parents took him to the holy city to see the Emperor Cuauhtemoc, but the plane ride proved the most exciting part. He kept his nose to the window, taking in the vast lands of the One World, from the snow-capped mountains of his home in the northern provinces to the open plains of Teotihuacan. He marveled at the miniature cities and cars passing below. All his life he’d dreamt of flying, ever since the first time he’d seen a bird gliding through the air.