Yoon Ha Lee‘s short story Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain was first published in the September 2010 editor of Lightspeed Magazine. I read this story in The Year’s Best Science Fiction 28, edited by Gardner Dozois.
Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain tells the story of a female assassin in possession of an incredible weapon that allows her to eliminate her victim’s entire ancestral line. It’s a deep philosophical tale which the author uses to explore issues of free will and determinism.
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