“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies,” by Matthew Kressel.
This is one of several recommendations I swiped from BestSF.net, called this “an excellent story and piece of world-building.”
BestSF keyed onto my two very favorite F&SF stories this year – so I like his taste 🙂 I’ve also been really impressed with Clarkesworld, so that’s a plus too.
The story’s also available as a free podcast.
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