“From the Root,” by Emma Törzs
Appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, June 2018 (Issue 97), and in the podcast (read and listen)
(Heavy spoilers.) Fascinating, especially the scientific breakthrough the protagonist makes.
The doctor’s anger at being “tricked” struck me as an unforgivable betrayal, not to mention a ghoulish one, but the story surprisingly doesn’t dwell on it, and neither apparently does the protagonist.
The author’s work has also appeared in Ploughshares and won an O. Henry. She says in her interview, “I’m new to writing science fiction/fantasy, and as a grown-up writer I’d never written what you’d call a speculative story until this past summer, when I attended Clarion West.” Nice to see authors successfully moving across those genres.