READ IT HERE:"Spar"
BY: Kij Johnson
Genre: Science Fiction
Another stunning story from Kij Johnson is this Hugo Nomination.
A spar is something you might cling to after a your ship has been wrecked. To spar is also to joust, to fight without actually maiming or killing each other. Both these meanings apply in this story. In a lifeboat in space a woman and an alien are endlessly fucking. She tries not to think because thinking hurts. Sometimes words or phrases come back to her, but they lose their meaning as she repeats them endlessly over and over. She can hardly find herself anymore.