I had not entered the parched lands entirely unprepared. I had an excellent pair of boots—good boots are underrated everywhere—and I was almost glad the ferryman would not accept them in exchange for passage. I had the Apiarist's Gun, made to fit my hand. And as for nourishment, that took care of itself, even here.

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Read “Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee, in Issue #174

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Yoon Ha Lee's short fiction has appeared on Tor.com, in Clarkesworld, and nine times previously in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, including “The Starship and the Temple Cat” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4, which was a finalist for the Locus Award and the Sturgeon Award. He is the author of the Machineries of Empire trilogy, and his standalone fantasy Phoenix Extravagant is forthcoming from Solaris Books in June 2020.  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.

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