"Houdini’s Heart" by Thoraiya Dyer -- published in Apex Magazine issue 70, March 2015.
Thoraiya Dyer is an award-winning Australian writer. Her short science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, Analog, Nature and Cosmos, among others (for a full list, see www.thoraiyadyer.com ). Her collection of four original stories, Asymmetry, available from Twelfth Planet Press, was called "unsettling, poignant, marvellous" by Nancy Kress. A lapsed veterinarian, her other interests include bushwalking, archery, and travel.
This Apex Magazine Podcast was performed and produced by Lisa Shininger. Music used with kind permission of Oh, Alchemy!