Narrated by Michael J. DeLuca.

Properly, the cat's name was Seventy-Eighth Temple Cat of the High Bells, along with a number of ceremonial titles that needn't concern us. But the people who had called her that no longer lived in the station's ruins. Every day as she made her rounds in what had been the boundaries of the temple, she saw and smelled the artifacts they had left behind, from bloodstains to scorch marks, from decaying books to singed spacesuits, and yowled her grief.

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Read “The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee, in Issue #244 – Science-Fantasy Month 4

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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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