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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Tara Calaby's “Three Days with the Kid.”



Tara Calaby lives in Melbourne, Australia, with their wife and far too many books. They are currently a PhD candidate in English, researching female patients in Victorian asylums. In their free time, they enjoy playing video games, reading comics, and patting other people's dogs. Calaby's website can be found at http://www.taracalaby.com.
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Before she knew it, she was falling out of the sky like a waterfall and through a canopy of thick, wet leaves. Fell hard into the soil.
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