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Of Captivity Narratives and Xenomorph Face-huggers

Tonight I was reading my 10-year-old son a chapter in Beorn the Proud, a youth historical fiction that describes the relationship between a 9th-century Irish girl taken as a slave by the son of a Viking king. The heroine, Ness, spits out angry prophecies and pretty much gives the Vikings a piece of her mind every chance she gets, in a parallel of the story of St. Patrick (who, as…