The Road of Needles

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"The Road of Needles" is a 2013 science fiction short story, by Caitlín R. Kiernan. It was first published in the anthology Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold.


As Nix Severn tries to repair her spaceship's damaged AI and out-of-control terraforming engines, she finds herself reliving the story of Little Red Riding Hood.


"The Road of Needles" won the 2014 Locus Award for Best Short Story,[1] and was a finalist for the 2016 Seiun Award for Best Translated Short Story.[2]

Lois Tilton considered it to be "cluttered", but emphasized that "the elements [of the story] do work together", noting that "the journey means more than what happens once [Severn] arrives".[3] Publishers Weekly (reviewing Kiernan's 2018 collection The Dinosaur Tourist) called it "creepy".[4]


  1. ^ Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Winners, by Irene Gallo, at; published June 29, 2014; retretrieved November 23, 2018
  2. ^ 2016 Seiun Awards Shortlist by Mike Glyer; at File 770; published March 29, 2016; retrieved November 23, 2018
  3. ^ Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October, by Lois Tilton, in Locus; published October 6, 2013; retrieved November 23, 2018
  4. ^ The Dinosaur Tourist, by Caitlín R. Kiernan, reviewed at Publishers Weekly; published August 27, 2018; retrieved November 23, 2018