Auntie Semite’s Troubling Tales

In a nice change from the usual nocturnal scenarios about teeth falling out or earthworms tunneling through my flesh, last night I dreamed I was involved with Angelina Jolie. It was pretty nice, except for the part where we got kicked out of a B&B in Guelph because I’d broken someone’s vintage 45. She didn’t even transform into a flesh-eating zombie at an inopportune moment, thus causing me to lose my erection. (Anyone else out there hobbled by a Baptist conscience knows exactly what I mean.)

I really have to get out more.

Anyway, I awakened in a generous mood, as apparently did someone at Nature a few days back, because he was happy to loosen the restrictions on my contribution to their “Futures” series. So after two years of comatose brain-death, the “Shorts” page has finally got some new material on it: “Repeating the Past”, first appearance in Nature, third appearance in Hartwell and Cramer’s Year’s Best SF 13, second appearance right here. Or here, if you’d prefer to download the spiffy, official Nature pdf.

Now I’ve got to shock the “In Progress” page back to life…

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5 Responses to “Auntie Semite’s Troubling Tales”

  1. A long time ago, when Angelina was still with Billy Bob Thornton, I dreamed that she left him for me. First he was very weepy, but then he got quite violent! Luckily our love saw us through.

  2. Never had the earthworm dream, but I’m quite familiar with the one about the disenfranchised teeth. What the hell’s that all about, anyway? Did Freud ever mention it?

    Anyway, I average about one genuinely erotic dream a year, so I feel your pain.

  3. Greeting from a fan from Israel – I liked this story a whole lot! will be buying the Hartwell edition as soon as it is in stores here.

    I’m glad to find out I’m not the only one with toothed-earthworm nightmares. I had one just the other day, spent I don’t know how many dream minutes hacking at the bloody things, but even the cut off segments keep wriggling about. Damn that dream-biology.

  4. It took me ages to realize that Nature hid the futures stories way at the bottom of the table of contents. I had to go back a lot of issues to find this story, but it was well worth it.

    Not a lot of zombie dreams for me, not that I remember a lot of dreams anyway.

  5. No toothed earthworms here. Well, almost…One thing that keeps haunting my nightmares is The Alien. Yup, the very same creature from the movie.

    Ok, I know it’s basically nothing more but a eyeless, souped-up Velociraptor with a serious skin problem, but there is something in the whole creature design that simply terrifies that little mammal cowering inside my brain-stem.

    The Alien haunts my nightmares quite regularly. …When I’m not erotically involved with Carrie-Anne Moss. If there’s a pattern here, I don’t want to know about it…

    Oh, and Repeating the Past is way cool, btw…

    -Hannu