Writing has nothing to do with

meaning. It has to do with land surveying and

cartography, including the mapping

of realms yet to come.

— Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Eleanna Castroianni is a writer, poet, and oral storyteller from Greece. A cultural geographer by training, Eleanna tells speculative stories from the margins of history and the far futures of the Anthropocene. Eleanna’s writing has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, PodCastle, Fantasy Magazine, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. Lives in Athens, Greece, with a growing number of string instruments.

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Author’s Notes: An Incomplete Account of the Case of the Bird-Talker of Yaros

Yorgos Varlamos, Dead Bird and Cartridges, 1958 This short story first appeared in Fireside in 2020 and has just been reprinted by my dearest PodCastle. As with many of the things I write, it draws from real events in recent Greek history, so here’s a little context. The Greek Junta 1967 – 1974 Post-WWII Greece …

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