Aliette de Bodard is a half-French, half-Vietnamese computer and history geek who lives in Paris. In her spare time, she writes speculative fiction. Her short stories have appeared in many venues, including Asimov's, Interzone and the Year's Best Science Fiction. She has a special interest in non-Western civilisations, particularly Ancient Vietnam, Ancient China and Ancient Mesoamerica.
The payment can't be settled with money or favors. He only wants one thing. Me.
Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he'll let me go. He'll let me walk away.
But I have to earn every single one. By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I've ever known.
** TRIGGER WARNING ** There are some dark and disturbing scenes of abuse and punishment.
Featuring new fiction by Seanan McGuire, Kat Howard, Maurice Broaddus, Mary Robinette Kowal, Cassandra Khaw, and T. Kingfisher, reprinted fiction by Aliette de Bodard, essays by Sarah Gailey, Dimas Ilaw, Sam J. Miller, and Alasdair Stuart, poetry by Joyce Chng, Shveta Thakrar and Sara Cleto, Chloe N. Clark, and Rose Lemberg, interviews with Maurice Broaddus and Mary Robinette Kowal by Julia Rios, a cover by Kirbi Fagan, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.