Electric Forest Author:Tanith Lee Children were the most overtly cruel. They would chase after her, gleefully screaming taunts ... pulling her hair, jabbing her with small, sharp objects, pinching or tripping her, so that she would have to scramble awkwardly and painfully to her feet again. But the children weren't her only tormenters. — For Magdala Cled was horribly disfigured -... more » a human monstosity forced to live in a society of regular features and well-formed bodies. On Indigo, her home world, as on.. all the planets of the Earth Conclave, foetal conception was supposed to be the controlled result of selective artificial impregnation....Magdala, however, had been conceived biologically...an error in contraception which her mother, a licensed prostitute intent on trade, had been too busy to correct with an aboration.
Dumped on the State at birth, Magdala had grown up surrounded by people who hated and feared her, or at best ignored her. Yet she survived, hiding her pain and fury from those who caused it and, when possible, even hiding it from herself.
It was in Blue, the season before Fall on Indigo, that Magdala met the man who would change her life.« less