Main Fiction: “The Midwives” by Jude Reid
This story first appeared in the SFF World anthology Dying Worlds (December 2019).
Jude Reid lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and writes in the narrow gaps between work, wrangling her kids, and trying to wear out a border collie. When she’s not writing she’s studying for her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, running from zombies, climbing inadvisibly large mountains, or acting in the audiodrama Tales from the Aletheian Society.She takes her coffee with oat milk.
Narrated by Matt Dovey
Matt Dovey is very tall and very English and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. He has a scar on his arm that he can’t remember getting, but a terrible darkness floods his mind when he considers it. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children, and despite being a writer, he still hasn’t found the right words to properly express the delight and joy he finds in this wonderful arrangement.
His surname rhymes with “Dopey”, but any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. He is the Golden Pen winner for Writers of the Future Volume 32 (2016), was shortlisted for the James White Award in 2016, and has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place; you can keep up with it at mattdovey.com, or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.
Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis