Icarus Saved from the Skies: 10/24/09
Today's story from Fantasy & Science Fiction is "Icarus Saved from the Skies" by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud. It was translated by Edward Gauvin.
The story follows a man through his romance and marriage to a doctor named Maude. She is fascinated with the wings he is spontaneously growing. She measures them every day as they grow (and sometimes shrink). Although the wings brought them together, they are a sore point in the relationship. The protagonist just wants them to go away whereas Maude hopes to see him fly some day.
I liked the story. It's short and to the point. The ending packs a wallop and has the sort of twist I normally associate with Stephen King. I think this was my first time reading a story by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud but I hope to read more of his stories.
"Icare sauvé des cieux" was first published in Le kiosque et le tilleul.