Cimmeria: From The Journal of Imaginary Anthropology • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Theodora Goss

★★★★

Meta: isfdb. This fantasy short story appeared July 2014 in Lightspeed. It was re-published in The Best SF&F of the Year 2015.

Synopsis: A group of U.S. scientists invent the history, culture, etc. of Cimmeria which comes to live at the Black Sea, bordering modern Scythia. One of the scientists marries Cimmeria’s Khan’s daughter – a twin who isn’t considered as a twin but one person living in two bodies.

We dream countries, and then those countries dream us.

Review:  Cimmeria is the homeland of Conan, the Barbarian, and I always located it to the cold North, not to the Black Sea. But here it is, modern and alive and very funny to read. On the other hand it is also philosophical about the nature of twins – one is a “shadow”, a silenced and ignored victim, it might even be considered as a vampire because it lives off the live of her counterpart instead of having a live for her own.

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