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By the Will of the Gods

By Charles Q. Choi
Feb 18, 2021 · 13,842 words · 51 minutes

Asakusa temple at dawn

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From the editor:

In Nightingale, an underground city with a digital sky, an orphan must solve the murder of the one person who looked out for him—the caretaker of a temple dedicated to foretelling the future.

Enjoy this novelette by Charles Q. Choi, a science journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nature, Scientific American, Popular Science, and more.


From the author: An orphan adopted by a temple devoted to foretelling the future has to solve the mystery behind his mentor’s death. (This version of the story appeared in the January-February-2021 issue of Analog magazine.)


2 Chapters

An Invisible Knife To The Back (Part 1 of 2)

Updated Feb 18, 2021 · 6,277 words (23 minutes) · 160 views

An orphan adopted by a temple devoted to foretelling the future has to solve the mystery behind his mentor’s death.

It's Not Enough, Is It? (Part 2 of 2)

Updated Feb 18, 2021 · 7,565 words (28 minutes) · 2 likes · 69 views

An orphan adopted by a temple devoted to foretelling the future has to solve the mystery behind his mentor’s death.