Apex Magazine Issue 17
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by Apex Authors
Category: Science Fiction/Dark Fantasy
Description: Original Fiction: "Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale)" by Ian Tregillis "The Girl Who Had Six Fingers" by Brenda Stokes Barron Reprint: "Citizen Komarova Finds Love" by Ekaterina Sedia (originally appeared in Exotic Gothic 3) Poetry: "Love's Ecology" by Rose Lemberg "Anything So Utterly Destroyed" by Elizabeth McClellan
eBook Publisher: Apex Publications, LLC/Apex Publications, 2010 2010
eBookwise Release Date: December 2010
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [79 KB]
Reading time: 41-58 min.
Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale)
by Ian Tregillis
Every evening was a fin de siecle in the great sprawling castle-city of Nycthemeron. But, of course, to say it was evening meant no more than to say it was morning, or midnight, or yesterday, or six days hence, or nineteen years ago. For it was every inch a timeless place, from the fig trees high in the Palazzo's Spire-top cloud gardens all the way down to the sinuous river Gnomon encircling the city.
Nycthemeron had tumbled from the calendar. It had slipped into the chasm between tick and tock, to land in its own instantaneous eternity. And so its residents occupied their endless moment with pageants and festivals and reveled in century-long masques, filled forever with decadent delights. They picnicked in the botanical gardens, made love in scented boudoirs, danced through their eternal twilight. And they disregarded the fog that shrouded their city with soft grey light.
As for time? Time was content to leave them there. It felt no pity, no compassion, for the people stuck in that endless now. This wasn't because time was cold, or cruel, or heartless. But it had no concern for that glistening place, no interest in the people who existed there.
Except one. Her name was Tink.