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Blood Grains Speak Through Memories

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  9 reviews
59 pages
Published March 17th 2016 by Beneath Ceaseless Skies
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Althea Ann
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Long in the past, facing an environmentally ravaged world, nanobots were programmed to protect the land. The nanotech symbiotically infects appointed guardians, directing their actions. All other humans are forced to live a nomadic existence, never settling down, never damaging flora or fauna. Inarguably, the land thrives - but the rules of the nanobots are harsh and inflexible, and sometimes, in conflict with human compassion or desires.

Here, we meet one particularly dissatisfied 'guardian,' a
D. Palmer
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Encapsulates what I love best about fantasy; this story is otherworldly, familiar, tragic, beautiful, mysterious, and illumunating. You owe it to yourself to take the few moments it'll take to read. I promise they'll be well-spent.
Leo McBride
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm late to the parade, of course - this was the Nebula award winner for best novelette, so that tells you all you need to know, right?

Ahh, but were the Nebula voters right in throwing their highest honour on this tale?

Yes. So very much yes.

Sanford creates a remarkable world - where powerful, nanite-infused humans known as anchors guard and protect areas of land, while the rest of humanity is forced into a vagrant, nomadic life, travelling in caravans between lands and hoping not to fall foul
Sami Sundell
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frere-Jones, an anchor for her land, is taken by surprise, as a young day-fellow girl becomes infected with her grains. Despite being an ally - albeit unwilling - of grains, she sets to rescue the girl from her fate.

Sanford's novelette is an interesting read. It's part magic, part science fiction. The nature of the world is revealed slowly with both actions in the story and short flashbacks of Frere-Jones's and her mate's, Haoquin's, memories. It's sort of a detective story: Sanford drops clues
Reece Flexner
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly fresh take on what happens when the Earth fights back to press a reset button. I love stories that leave you in the dark as to the origin of the world. You can't be totally sure whether it came about through Mother Gaia type magic, eco-terrorism gone awry, run-away evolution, or some combination of the three. This leaves the relatively simple central conceit free to make the world mysterious and wonderful, and to inspire a thousand what-ifs to bounce around the reader's mind well ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read "The Emotionless, In Love" first, then "Blood Grains Speak Through Memories." Probably should have read them the other way around, but didn't know there was more written in the world at first. This world is fascinating. I liked getting some insight into why the nanobots had been loosed on the land, as well as a very personal window into the unforeseen effects for both the anchors and day-fellows.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, sci-fi-awards
Our future Earth have been saved from Human greed, and ecological destruction by a miracle that may be technological, or may be magic: the grains. The grains choose few humans, the anchor, to be their vessels to protect the land. The other humans are forced to wonder, forced to spend a life without a home, where each stop cannot last more than few days.
A magical and touching short story, with a solid and original world building, and memorable full rounded characters.
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Fascinating story on a future where nanotechnology is something between a magical force and pagan spiritual occupation of the landscape. Loved it!
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We're never told who designed the nanobots that permanently wrecked human civilization in favor of a fake ecology enforced by (and infested with) the nanobots (aka "grains"), and that doesn't matter since the story is about coping with this impossible world. I personally dislike stories with a bogus premise. If I can't wrap my mind around the WHY and HOW of a situation, I don't much care about the WHO, WHAT, or WHEN. But I'm in the minority of sane sci-fi readers, as evidenced by the pieces ...more
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Jason Sanford is two-time finalist for the Nebula Award and an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Born and raised in the American South, he currently lives in the Midwestern U.S. His life's adventures include work as an archaeologist and as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Jason has published more than a dozen of his short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone,