Flash Fiction: I Am Nature

I Am Nature

by J.M. McDermott

Detroit is dying. All the ornamental structures from the glory days of American industry wilt in ruin. There’s one building — found it myself — where the roof caved in one winter. There’s a tree that used to be in the lobby — and it’s dead — but its children are growing there. The forest has taken over the lobby. Birds hide everywhere, in the trees and the rafters, and their shit covers everything, but their singing is so beautiful.

About the Author

J.M. McDermott

J.M. McDermott lives in Georgia, and holds an MFA in Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. His first novel, Last Dragon, was #6 on Amazon.com’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2008, shortlisted for a Crawford Prize for First Fantasy, and on Locus Magazine‘s Recommended Reading List for Debuts in 2008. His second novel, Never Knew Another is the beginning of the Dogsland Trilogy, from Nightshade Books. It received strong critical praise including a review by noted genre critic, John Clute, in Strange Horizons. The second novel of the trilogy was reviewed in Publishers Weekly, praising the depiction of the anti-hero of the novel.

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About the Narrator

Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips is a programmer and musician living in New Orleans. He was a chief editor of Pseudopod from 2006-2010.

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