I cannot remember what I want nor find it with Google searches that have taken up more time than I ought to have given them, so I'm hoping someone with great Google Fu or someone who has read the same story can help me.
Last month, I read a wonderful science fiction or speculative fiction story whose author I really wanted to remember so I could read more of their work. I can't. I can't even remember whether it was a man or a woman, whether the name seemed to have any marked language or nationality (I want to say it did), or the title of the story.
I read it online. I found it after I read the Fireside Fiction Special Report on #BlackSpecFic
. I want
to say that I went from there to Terraform
gets special mention in the report as an exception, but I'm not sure I read the story at Terraform
, and I sure can't find it there now.
The protagonist is a woman whose name I can't remember. She's in late nineteenth or early twentieth century Egypt(?), maybe Cairo, and she dresses like a very well-dressed British man though she is not herself British. I believe she is a detective. This world has magic, and angels and/or djinn have come through from an adjacent world. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but I specifically remember a scene early in the story where she visits an angel who is very tall and has an exoskeleton because the angel is too delicate for the world. The angel is building a very elaborate clock.
The protagonist has a watch from her father. I think she also wears a monocle.
I have put a lot of combinations of these keywords into Google. It doesn't help that I can't remember: is Islam really named, or is it implied? Is the place called Egypt, or Cairo, or did I supply those? Does "djinn" or "jinn" appear?
Please help! I would love to find this story again; I highly recommend it.ETA: MANY, MANY THANKS TO a_phoenixdragon for finding it! "A Dead Djinn in Cairo" by P. Djeli Clark at Tor. Now I can find more by this author—and reread this one!