read by Leslie Ann Moore
Asleep in the Forest of the Tall Cats was originally published in 2004 in the Writers of the Future anthology. Ken Brady’s publications include: Analog, Writers of the Future, Strange Horizons, Talebones, Ideomancer, Darker Matter, Fortean Bureau, Weird Tales, Frequency, Rosebud, The William and Mary Review, and a variety of anthologies and foreign markets.
People descended in gleaming metal, fire burning bright across the cloud-streaked sky. They touched down and they stayed. They built, they charted, they named names, they changed the composition of the air. They explored with sensors and unmanned aircraft. When they found the planet safe, they bred. The first child, Pietor, was a test.