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A modern-day tale of Greek mythological folly, this story follows the spoiled and vain Hera, who yearns for a family at any cost, as she pursues macho Zeus, still on the prowl in the 21st century. Meanwhile, Zeus, having given a family some cursory effort, is attempting to find himself in wine, women of all descriptions, and male rituals engaged in by his very own new age cult. Blind passion is truly a disaster when it involves the gods, leading to broken hearts, shattered dreams, and entomologically enhanced offspring. It is left to an unlikely band of mortals and one determined water nymph to somehow rein in the Olympian chaos.
Leslie What received the 1999 Nebula Award for her story “The Cost of Business” and the Oregon Writer's Colony Award for nonfiction in 2002 for her essay “Why We Wash the Dead.” Her stories and essays have been published in Asimov's, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Parabola, and Realms of Fantasy. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.