Contains Multitudes: A Tor.Com Original
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Contains Multitudes: A Tor.Com Original

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Being a teenager is tough. Being part of the first generation of teenagers to share their body and soul with one of the aliens who just barely destroyed the earth: way tougher.

This compact but powerful short story from Ben Burgis, a relative newcomer to the speculative fiction world, places everyday teen angst on a landscape of intergalactic and interspecies conflict, to c...more
ebook, 32 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by Tor Books
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Karyn Kar Mun (Thy Evil Queen)
This is one of the best short science fiction stories I’ve read in a long time; the consequences of an alien invasion on an alternate earth with its own alternate history. The humans were given a choice: be destroyed utterly, or to allow infant aliens to merge with the children. They don’t really have much of a choice – the theme here is survival; the aliens are obviously doing this to survive, because for some reason they cannot raise their next generation without outside help anymore. This arr...more
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simply amazing
one of the best short stories I've read
extremely well composed and incredibly dense with information, but very enjoyable and pleasurable to read
Sidsel Pedersen
Within that half hour it paints the story of a whole alternative history, where the Earth has been invaded by aliens and has somehow merged with humanity. It does this very effectively. Of course there are few details but you get enough of a sense of what happened to get the idea and understand the context of the story.

It is also a love story between two teenagers. And there is no pinning what so ever - so that is lovely! It is really sweet and feels so real - unlike so many teenage love stories...more
Angela
Brilliant, brutal, teen spec fic. Alien invasion stories are generally pretty great, and this was no exception. Also loved the David Cronenberg-style finish. Plus: apparently, we carry around 3lbs of bacteria in our gut anyway, and only 10% of our cells are "us" (and not bacteria), and these gut bacteria apparently affect moods, so... yeah, an "alien in your gut" premise doesn't seem so farfetched. (FWIW, there's an excellent bacteria essay in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011.)
Nighteye
Okey story, read at tor.com for free... not what I expected but good!
Kate
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Kimikimi
Another Tor.com short story.

No review, I'm not feeling it.
Amy
Nice little story. Maybe having an alien in your gut isn't so bad?
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Ben Burgis is a graduate of Clarion West, and he has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast program in Maine. He writes speculative fiction and realist fiction and grocery lists and Facebook status updates and academic papers. (He has a PhD from the University of Miami, and currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship at Yonsei University in South Korea.) His work has appeared in places like...more
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