Short stories by Catherynne M. Valente.
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of forty works of speculative fiction and poetry, including Space Opera, The Refrigerator Monologues, Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Prix Imaginales, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, Romantic Times’ Critics Choice and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.
Listing 4 stories.
A militaristic nation uses a planet of lion-like aliens as a minor frontline base in an interplanetary war, but after a battle leaves powerful consciousness-altering pollutants on the planet's surface, the lions begin acting out deeply buried human flaws and interpersonal conflicts.
A girl cares for her zombie father in the aftermath of the apocalypse.
In a far dystopian future, a girl happily living on an island of floating garbage is ostracized after destroying the only chance for her people to find dry land.
A delusional ruler puts the sun on trial to convince his people that the world is in an ice age, when it is actually unbearably hot. When a child's grandfather is forced to defend the sun, he is punished for revealing the truth.