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“Dragon Dreams on Cardboard Wings And Tiny Scraps of Yellow”, by Christopher Kastensmidt

“Dragon Dreams on Cardboard Wings And Tiny Scraps of Yellow” is a 2011 slipstream/fantasy short story by Christopher Kastensmidt. A tech wage-slave discovers that her cubicle prison isn’t the trap she thought it was.

Non-Spoiler Summary

“Dragon Dreams” is another one of those stories that short enough that I’m really unable to summarize it without spoiling it. Susan, a dispirited computer programmer, has a momentary revelation that shows her a way out of her dreary existence.

Why should you read it?

It’s short. It’s lovely. It brightened my day, and had a real poetic quality.

Where to find “Dragon Dreams on Cardboard Wings And Tiny Scraps of Yellow”

The story was originally published in Daily Science Fiction, where you can still read it online.

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  1. February 13, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Thank you for the kind words, Steve! They made my day.

    • Steve Feldon
      February 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      You’re more than welcome–they’re more than deserved. If you’d like to point us to more of your fiction, you’d be more than welcome to. 🙂

  2. February 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks, Steve! I appreciate the offer.

    I’m currently working on a series set in sixteenth-century Colonial Brazil, but only one story is out in English so far (it was a Nebula finalist last year). You can find out more about the series at the website: http://www.eamb.org/
    The story itself can be found at different places, listed here: http://www.eamb.org/2011/02/the-fortuitous-meeting-of-gerard-van-oost-and-oludara/

    If you’re looking for something more along the lines of “Dragon Dreams…”, you might try “Even Dragons Dance”. http://208.56.106.93/item.php?sub_id=2402
    The writing isn’t up to what I’m doing these days, but it’s a feel-good story and a lot of people have told me they enjoyed it.

    And so I’m not just plugging myself here, have you read anything by Ken Liu? “The Paper Menagerie” was my favorite short story from 2011, but he’s been publishing a lot of other good ones lately as well.
    http://a1018.g.akamai.net/f/1018/19022/1d/randomhouse1.download.akamai.com/19022/pdf/Paper_Menagerie.pdf

    Best,
    Chris

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