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The Story of Kao Yu

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The Story of Kao Yu

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Author: Peter S. Beagle
Publisher: Tor.com Publishing, 2016
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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Fantasy
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"The Story of Kao Yu" is a new fantasy short story by the legendary Peter S. Beagle which tells of an ageing judge traveling through rural China and of a criminal he encounters. Of the story, Beagle says it "comes out of a lifelong fascination with Asian legendry - Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Indonesian - all drawn from cultures where storytelling, in one form of another, remains a living art. As a young writer I loved everything from Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee mysteries to Lafcadio Hearn's translations of Japanese fairytales and many lesser-known fantasies. Like my story 'The Tale of Junko and Sayuri,' 'The Story of Kao Yu' is a respectful imitation of an ancient style, and never pretends to be anything else. But I wrote it with great care and love, and I'm still proud of it. "

This story originally appeared on Tor.com, December 7, 2016. It can also be found in the anthology The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, edited by John Joseph Adams and Charles Yu. The story is included in the collection The Overneath (2017).

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