Botanical Exercises for Curious Girls is a short story written by Kali Wallace. This story was published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction.
This is a fascinating story about a creature created in an artificial environment that has an undesired self-awareness. The reader follows this girl’s journey to discover the nature of her world, and her attempts to attain her release. The writing captures the confusion of the character, while also subtly portraying contextual and character clues she can’t quite understand.
The depiction of scientist and subjects intrigue me, especially considering the writer is a scientist. Perhaps most intriguing is the way Ms. Wallace portrays disability and how the main character accepts her disability but not the limitations the disability was intended to pose on her, without being self-conscious of this decision. I wish we, as a society, could regard disability with such simplicity.
It is an intriguing piece and I hope Ms. Wallace enjoyed her first foray into published fiction enough to continue.