In another one, more recently, there is another story by Bear which I found compelling, 'The Horrid Glory of its Wings', about a harpy and a disabled orphan girl, which can be read here. She turns out to have a livejournal at matociquala, in which, I'm discovering, apart from pumping her own work (I need to learn to do that..) she has interesting things to say and reviews other people's work, which hopefully may lead me to discover more worlds inside other people's heads.
So far I've liked what I've read of her work, quite a lot. I know pretty much nothing about her, but that is not important. Her work is for me an interesting discovery, like that of Charlie Stross and Chris Beckett, whose 'Dark Eden was one of the best books I read last year.
I'd written a post in my livejournal in Spanish, flavio_matani, about science-fiction and why it resonates in me and I find it important (to me, to me), in response to a discussion with a Venezuelan friend. It is of course in Spanish and I'll have to translate it and elaborate on it (as it is very unfinished) but, just in case, it is here if you want to have a look.