Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people's lives have value, after all.
But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world.
The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I. and made her his unwilling guest.
There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya's story of what happened in the forest. You'll just have to believe her.
About the Author
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010), the first of the Glamourist Histories. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, her 2011 story "For Want of a Nail" won the Hugo Award for Short Story, and her 2013 story "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions.