PC033: The Girl With the Sun In Her Head

By Jeremiah Tolbert
Read by Ann Leckie.
Introduction by Mary Robinette Kowal.
First appeared in Polyphony 4, 2004.

“Emelia’s home is in a city where only children are allowed to draw graffiti on the crumbling walls. The old bricks and stones are covered in crude pictographs and stick figures, smoking chimney houses and bicycles with four wheels and two seats. Chalk is a penny a piece, any color to be had. A little old lady with gnarled fingers and crooked eyes sells the sticks out of cigar boxes on street corners, even in the rain.”

Rated PG for child endangerment. Contains chalk graffiti drawn under the sun’s blazing eye.

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    November 13, 2008 @ 12:26 am

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    Hyperion said,

    November 13, 2008 @ 6:58 am

    I enjoyed the story. (Although: I had a few moments’ trepidation, where I worried what that old man wanted with Emelia. I just wasn’t up for that today.)

    I especially enjoyed Ann Leckie’s reading. How genius to narrate at a break-neck speed, the better to give us the feel of what it would be like to walk in Emelia’s (nonexistent) shoes.

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    phignewton said,

    November 13, 2008 @ 10:35 am

    ah you wimmins.. and your inscrutable stories involving… ums… other wimmins…

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    November 13, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

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    scatterbrain said,

    November 16, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

    For such an excellent set-up, Tolbert executes the story in a hollow, patchy and unfantastical fashion leading to a huge misfire of the plot-especially of the ending- as well as characterisation and the story’s moral learnings.

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    Blaine Boy said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

    I got lost in the story. But that good kind of lost that want when you read a story. A kind of lost where you’re caught up in the story so that you don’t really care about anything else that you’re doing. Needless to say, I enjoyed this story and it was very well done. It brought in an element of fantasy to the story without being totally ludicrous. Kudos to you, Mr. Tolbert. I hope you have more of this sort of fantasy you can share with us. The only problem I had with it was that i got a little confused on what the moral was supposed to be.

    Sincerely yours,
    The Blaine Boy

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    a said,

    July 6, 2016 @ 5:01 am


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