In at least two of Nalo Hopkinson's short stories that I've read, the main characters are women with an interest in ... unusual creatures. Namely, "Can't Beat 'Em" (Marisella keeps a 'glup', a sort of sink drain monster, so that she can consume it to become immortal) and "A Raggy Dog, a Shaggy Dog" (Tammy loves her orchids, and keeps a rat which is slowly being taken over by an orchid growing inside it). I'm curious whether this element of her writing was inspired by any unusual pets of her own.

What pets has Nalo Hopkinson had? Did they influence her writing at all?

  • Calling the "glup" a pet is a bit of a stretch; those glups are a kind of pest and Marisella was not "keeping" it in the drain but trying to get rid of it. (At least until the end of the story.)
    – Tsundoku
    Aug 31, 2018 at 15:09
  • @Christophe Yeah, it's the end of the story I'm thinking of. Maybe not exactly a pet, but she seems to feel an unusual amount of affection for that type of creature, like Tammy in the other story.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Aug 31, 2018 at 15:16
  • Her affection goes to the plumber. Marisella is just thinking of how she might cook the glup and whether she should invite the plumber or not.
    – Tsundoku
    Aug 31, 2018 at 15:22


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