Short story: “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”

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“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” by E. Lily Yu

From the April 2011 issue of Clarkesworld (read here, listen here, subscribe here); nominated for a 2011 Nebula Award and a 2012 Hugo Award; also a 2012 Locus Award finalist; released as episode 343 of Escape Pod on May 3rd, 2012 (read and listen here)

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I like the oddball premise and the slightly detached mythological tone, but I don’t really get the point of this story. Maybe there’s an allegorical meaning I’m not getting.