Introduced by the author, explaining the inspiration behind the story’s Aztec-steampunk society and its post-war and religion themes.

His pain is too much; we cannot hide any longer. In a flutter of copper wings, we descend from the pine tree, settle near Nezahual: the hummingbirds on his shoulders; the parrots on the stone rim of the fountain; the lone quetzal balancing itself on the handle of the broom.

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Read “Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” by Aliette de Bodard, in Issue #45

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