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Balloon Animal Protagonist: The Life and Times of Penguin

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A couple folks have asked me about an off-the-cuff remark I made at JordanCon at one of my panels. The question had to do with the gender of the protagonists I write, and I replied that I’ve written all manner of protagonists in my stories, including a balloon animal.

Nope, I wasn’t exaggerating. I have indeed written a balloon animal story, “The Life and Times of Penguin,” originally published in issue #18 of the Aussie ‘zine Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and reprinted in Farrago’s Wainscot, Escape Pod, and the anthology Triangulation: Taking Flight. It was actually my homage to Voltaire’s Candide.

Curious? You can read it for free at Farrago’s Wainscot or listen to the Escape Pod podcast.


Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On April 26th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC), scattercat commented:
"Life and Times of Penguin" is actually one of my favorite stories of yours. He should be at the forefront! The lead in the next anthology!

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On April 27th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! "Penguin" is one of my favs too.

It was inspired by a real-life penguin balloon animal that I got at a convention. I have a tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects and get irrationally attached to them, and over the course of a week or so, I watched it slowly shrink away--of course getting rather maudlin about it in the process. So I decided to write it a eulogy.
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