No one will sleep until the Princess learns the Stranger’s name.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Ada Hoffmann's “Variations on a Theme from Turandot.”
It begins with a shudder, a small tremblor. Then a slippage of faith. Nothing big, you understand. A disaster in the small. Ace shivers, slides, Jack’s knees give out, A trio of deuces fail to thrive. The Queen’s sceptre wavers. The fall begins. It becomes Biblical in moments, deck dissolving, devolving into a puddle of argument. Who makes the first leap will never be known. But the cards abandon the Ship of State, fall into an ocean of regret. We will find their skeletons in the hereafter. Priests and pundits will pick over their bones.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Jane Yolen’s “The Mad Queen's House of Cards”.