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The Battle of Candle Arc

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A science fiction short story

"The heptarchate's exotic technologies depended on the high calendar's configurations: the numerical concordances, the feasts and remembrances, the associated system of belief. The mothdrive that permitted fast travel between star systems was an exotic technology. Few people advocated a switch in calendars. Too much would have to be given up, a
Published October 1st 2012 by Clarkesworld Magazine

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Sidsel Pedersen
Oct 17, 2013 Sidsel Pedersen rated it it was amazing
I think it was wonderful to read a military Sci fi story that was not about the battle but still let it play a key role. And I also liked the terminology riffs - I love it when writers assumes that their readers are smart enough to follow them. I found it really refreshing to have this level of emotion in a military story. Awesome - I want to read more by Yoon Ha Lee
Oct 10, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
Prequel to Ninefox Gambit!
Lance Schonberg
There’s too much going on here, and whether that’s a symptom of a wider world or a story that should have been longer to explain itself better, I’m not sure. Magic piled on top of religion piled on top of a stars-spanning totalitarian state piled on top of military space opera.

I said magic, and I don’t think I can back down from that, Clarke’s Law notwithstanding. Technology and science that performs variably based on a calendar that you have to figure out on your own fits more into the magic ca
Dione Basseri
A story of war and heresy. Just heresy by a convoluted name. Calendars and timekeeping manage the powers of this world, working as a sort of magic and technology. Switching calendars means new technologies could be developed, but old may stop working, and the people in power will change. Someone will always control the calendars, and will war with one another to prove their own superior.

A general meets his new subordinate as they are about to step onto the battlefield. She questions his tactics,
Jul 13, 2016 Isis rated it really liked it
Prequel, sort of, to Ninefox Gambit, and published first though written later. A clearer and more self-contained introduction to this universe than the novel; I think it does a great job of showing both the character of Shuos Jedao, and the way magitech/doctrine/heresy works in this series. Though maybe I just feel that way because I had already read the novel and had those ideas in my mind?

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Eleanor With Cats
One of my favourite Yoon Ha Lee stories, possibly *the* favourite. Political intrigue, character development, exciting battle, and some really fascinating worldbuilding.
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a prequel to ninefox gambit?
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Yoon Ha Lee is an American science fiction writer born on January 26, 1979 in Houston, Texas. His first published story, “The Hundredth Question,” appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1999; since then, over two dozen further stories have appeared. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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