Steampunk note: described by the author as a way of thinking through what might have happened to the ancient Greek gods in the modern era, but including a steampunk cyborg. In London in an unspecified time (likely eighteenth or nineteenth century), a physician learns the secret of a beautiful woman (Aglaea, second wife of Hephaestus) who was made from flesh to cyborg at the hands of Hephaestus himself, and now fears her coming death as her gears wind down. The story draws on the legend that Hephaestus built metal automatons to work his forge and statues of animals that could bite invaders.
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