Toasted Cake 4: The Ballad of Delphinium Blue, by Samantha Henderson

Episode #4!  In which we sing the ballad of a flawless bist-girl.

In the city called Xantippe
Where the Terran seed-ship flew
Lived a silver-singing bist-girl
called Delphinium Blue

(Originally published in Sybil's Garage)

Samantha Henderson's short fiction and poetry have been published in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit and Weird Tales, the anthologies Running with the Pack and Fantasy, and reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and the upcoming Mammoth Book of Steampunk.  She is the author of the Forgotten Realms novel Dawnbringer, and her website is at

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