The Edges of The World by Grace Seybold, is a short story published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #289, Oct 10, 2019. You can read it here.
The Edges of The World plays off the premise of the man who dreamed he was a butterfly only to question whether he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man.
The piece is full of little details that make this piece real even though it takes place in a fictional empire where dissent isn’t tolerated. The details put me in mind of an eastern empire, though it could be something in the tradition of somewhere else.
The plot feels quite secondary in this piece, regardless of the fact that it’s a fantasy tale. However, the fantastical aspects are implied rather than deliberately shown or stated, rather in the tradition of magical realist world-view storytelling, rather than outright fantasy.
While it’s not an exciting piece, so to speak, it is certainly a thoughtful one. The different elements of this piece give it a lonely and–not forboding, but certainly, melancholy feeling. It is, in every way, atmospheric. Worth the short amount of time to read, though not as attention-grabbing as most “adventure fantasy,” the Beneath Ceaseless Skies is known for.