For Georgia, Rudy, and Isabel!
Chapter 2, â€•Nant Day,â€– appeared as â€•Chu and the Nantsâ€– in Isaac Asimovâ€™s Science Fiction
Magazine, June 2006. This story also appeared in Yearâ€™s Best SF 12, edited by David Hartwell and
Chapters 3 and 4, â€•Orphid Nightâ€– and â€•Chuâ€˜s Knot,â€– appeared as a single story, â€•Postsingular,â€–
in Isaac Asimovâ€™s Science Fiction Magazine, September 2006.