The Mount

by Carol Emshwiller
Release date: 2002
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: philip k. dick award

Philip K. Dick Award winner 2002, Nebula Award nominee 2003.

Charley is an athlete. He wants to grow up to be the fastest runner in the world, like his father. He wants to be painted crossing the finishing line, in his racing silks, with a medal around his neck. Charley lives in a stable. He isn't a runner, he's a mount. He belongs to a Hoot: The Hoots are alien invaders. Charley hasn't seen his mother for years, and his father is hiding out in the mountains somewhere, with the other Free Humans. The Hoots own the world, but the humans want it back. Charley knows how to be a good mount, but now he's going to have to learn how to be a human being.

(updated 2015-01-07)

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