Short stories by Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine is the author of Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (2012 Crawford Award), The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Persona, and Icon. She has written Catwoman for DC Comics, and Xena: Warrior Princess for Dynamite. Her short stories have appeared in over a dozen Best of the Year anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her cultural criticism has appeared at, The AV Club, LA Review of Books, Vice, Vox, and The New York Times, among others.

Listing 4 stories.

A woman is employed by wealthy individuals to eat the sins of their recently deceased relatives.

Prison inmates are told that they're being sent to scope out a new Earth for mankind to move to, but when they "come back" they find out they have just been play-testing a new virtual reality video game. Prison inmates are used to test a new video game which would have them inhabit a virtually real new planet, but they believe they are truly being sent to another solar system. When they realize that they've just been playing a game, there are long-term psychological impacts.

A mysterious force controls the white room, where famed princesses and fairytale characters are forced to fight for their survival - but the ending is never satisfying.

A young girl is abhorred when her parents force her to spend time with the robot clone of her beloved deceased grandmother.