Night’s Slow Poison – by Ann Leckie

Artwork for Popular Science’s publication of Night’s Slow Poison.

Plot StructureNight’s Slow Poison is a very short story with a rather peculiar rhythm: a slow-paced, pensive opening made of nostalgic thoughts and meaningful conversations gives way to the brief description of months and months of oppressive nothing, just for the events to precipitate at the end, leading to a surprisingly action-packed conclusion, which is very effectively evokes the surprise of the protagonist, who had so far fallen for Awt’s deception.


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