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shivam
04-04-2013, 04:57 PM
OK, so in 2007 or 2008 I read a short story on a website that had probably been online for a while. It concerned this protein or something that was found in the blood of about half of the people on earth, and the segregation and class struggle between them and the folks without that protein/virus. The story went over 3 generations, and it was pretty fucking great. I just can't find it again.

Teaspoon
04-04-2013, 05:12 PM
Ten to one it's Octavia Butler. But I'm not sure which one.

shivam
04-04-2013, 05:22 PM
i think it's a smaller asian-american writer, but i'll check on butler's works.

Teaspoon
04-06-2013, 08:13 PM
I've gone through all the Octavia Butler stories I could find (not many; she preferred novels) and nothing quite like this has popped up. Sorry.

Although your description really does sound like the sort of story she would have written, so you might enjoy her work in any event.

Grignr
04-07-2013, 06:00 AM
Shivam, maybe if you look through the list of Hugo-nominated short stories (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Award_for_Best_Short_Story), the title will jump out at you.

shivam
04-07-2013, 10:53 AM
Yeah, it's not a famous story.

shivam
04-09-2013, 11:44 AM
FOUND IT!

James Alan Gardner. Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream (http://www.lib.ru/INOFANT/GARDNER_J/snakes_engl.txt)

You guys should read this. it's great.

Grignr
04-09-2013, 02:05 PM
That story was totally a Hugo nominee (and also Nebula) but for "novelette" instead of short story.

My suggestion would almost have worked!

shivam
04-09-2013, 02:06 PM
yeah, but i didn't remember the title, so i'd have totally missed it anyway =)

but thanks!

Grignr
04-09-2013, 04:43 PM
You can get that story and some others in a collection (http://www.amazon.com/Gravity-Wells-ebook/dp/B00BGBINLA/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1113850502&sr=2-1)from Amazon.

Loki
04-09-2013, 04:49 PM
How'd you end up finding it Shivam?

shivam
04-09-2013, 04:54 PM
i borrowed a friend's metafilter account and posted there. Since they linked the story in the first place, i figured someone there would know what i'm talking about.

and lo!

Teaspoon
04-09-2013, 07:38 PM
Anton Leeuwenhoek fan fic! You're right, that was worth the read.