Short story: “Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology”
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“Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology,” by Theodora Goss
Appeared in Lightspeed Magazine in July 2014; there’s also a YouTube recording of the author reading it aloud at Readercon (the audio isn’t very good)
7045 words, according to Lightspeed
A fantastic riff on a theme by Borges (“Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”).
I love failed Pygmalion stories, and this one doubles as a failed imperialism story, which only makes it more delicious.