Lacing up to Reality

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Blackout Bettie's biggest menace is a clock she can't turn back, and a daughter who's near full grown. Is the encroaching sunset of this K-City Kink Sister's derby years going to ruin the time she has left, or will one killer practice reclaim her peace of mind?
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Language: English
About Maggie Clark

I live in Waterloo, ON, Canada. By day (and often by night) I'm a doctoral student at Wilfrid Laurier University, where my primary research interest is nineteenth-century scientific non-fiction.

I've got science fiction at Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Daily SF, and Vagabondage Press, with another works forthcoming at Analog. I've had poetry published in Rattle, The Pedestal, ditch, and Ryga, though I haven't written any poetry of note in the last two years.

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Review by: Steven McEvoy on Aug. 13, 2012 :
It is with bitter sweet feelings that I approach the writing of this review. The sweet is that it was a great short story set in the world of Roller Derby, specifically about a mother whose daughter is old enough to compete now and her struggles with what that means to her. The bitterness is that the bio at the end of the story indicates there will be more books set in and around this roller derby team and league. But after asking the author, I have found out that those projects are on the back burner. So you only have this boom and One For The Team to entertain you for the time being.

The team, the K-City Roller Girls, is the team that Beatrice is kind of a mom to. But her own daughter is old enough to start derby if her parents sign giving her permission. Beatrice had always wanted her daughter to follow her onto the rink, but now that the time is here she is hesitating.

This was an amazing short story and currently it is available for free. I read it twice and loved it.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on May 10, 2011 :
Interesting read.
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