Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

The magistrate thinks he will go mad. What does it matter what exact angle his wrist must be turned at? But Grandmother Seung scowls at him; opens her mouth to start repeating herself about the need to be present, for the awareness of his intentions in the potion, and if he cannot be aware of his own body’s workings in this last crucial stage of the magic potion, then how will he rein and discipline his mind for the task?

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Jaymee Goh is a writer of fiction, poetry, and academese from Malaysia who moved to Canada for tertiary education. A graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop 2016, she is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Riverside, working on affect, multiculturalism, and whiteness in steampunk. Her creative work has been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Interfictions Online. Her non-fiction has appeared in Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution and Science Fiction Studies. She co-edited The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia (Rosarium) and maintains a blog exploring steampunk and postcolonialism called Silver Goggles (

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