Kij Johnson's "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" (short story, fantasy, free): Description of a magical trick
It made very easy read, but what the heck is the point of the story? But it's included in a "best of 2008" anthology & is on this year's Nebula preliminary ballet - so take your call.
Story summary.Aimee owns a bunch of monkeys who can perform a vanishing trick on stage in fairs - they enter an ordinary tub, & vanish in front of audience. After some hours, they return to Aimee's tour bus, sometimes bringing in trinkets from apparently far away places. No one, not even Aimee, has a clue to what happens. That's the whole story.
Fact sheet.First published: Asimov's, July 2008.
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Nominated for Hugo Award 2009 in short story category.
Nominated for Nebula Award 2008 in short story category.
Related: Stories of Kij Johnson.