Rated PG. Contains sex between humans and those who only appear so.
by Yoon Ha Lee
“It’s about not seeing,” Chuan explained to her just after he brought the meal to the table. “The perfect magician is all-blind, all-unknowing. No sound reaches a wall to wake an echo; no touch bridges distance.” He leaned back against the wall where, Horanga imagined, the cloth of his shirt hung over the hollow curve of his back. He lived in a house in the city, by the river, and long ago the sound of fish swimming endlessly in that river would have distracted her from her purpose.
“Then what do you do in this house?” asked Horanga, looking not at his face or his hands, but at the plate between them. The plate was heaped with tender vegetables, slivers of rare meat, and sliced nuts; over the vegetables and meat and nuts, he had drizzled three different sauces in a tapestry of taste.
“A perfect magician, I said.” He smiled.
About the Author
Yoon Ha Lee’s short fiction has appeared on Tor.com, in Clarkesworld, and eight times previously in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, including “Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3, a finalist for the Locus Award. He is the author of the novels Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem, and their sequel, Revenant Gun, is forthcoming from Solaris Books in June 2018. Yoon lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators. Visit him online at www.yoonhalee.com.
About the Narrator
Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice. She has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.