This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.
Published: January 2016 in Strange Horizons (you can also listen to the story at that link)
Setting: some world other than Earth
Summary: We have a nesting set of stories. In one set, we see references to the importance of printing presses to disseminate stories and information. In another, we have Erheani, a storyteller from a minority group, tell wonderful stories that are stolen by the Master Storytellers and pawned off as their own. The final set is a retelling of the tortoise and the hare as a search for the Tower of the Rosewater Goblet in order to save a princess from death by the Peasant Plague.
Final thoughts: I had a hard time keeping all the storylines straight. There were several versions of what happened to Erheani, and I wasn’t sure which was the true story. That may be the point of the story – the rewriting of history and the co-opting of stories that happens over time. I also had a hard time seeing how the Tower of the Rosewater Goblet was a retelling of the tortoise and the hare, except for the fact that there was a tortoise in the story. Overall, I was confused.
Title comes from: It was the name of the story Erheani told within the short story.