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Cover of Clarkesworld #114

Chimera

Translation with Ken Liu of 《嵌合体》by Gu Shi (顾适), Clarkesworld, March 2016. 18,000 words. Podcast narrated by Kate Baker at Clarkesworld.

I watch her enter.

In the six years since we parted ways, I’ve always wanted to know: exactly how cold and calculating is the machine under the soft, lustrous skin of this witch?

She sees me, her eyes filling with delight—no trace of embarrassment, nor shame.

“Evan.” She quickens her footsteps. “Darling, long time no see.”

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