Thoraiya Dyer is a speculative-fiction writer from New South Wales. Her work has won multiple Aurealis Awards and Ditmar Awards, and her short stories have appeared in magazines including Clarkesworld, Apex, Analog, Redstone SF, Nature, and Cosmos and in anthologies including War Stories, Long Hidden, and Cranky Ladies of History. After releasing the short-story collection Asymmetry : A Twelve Planets Collection with Twelfth Planet Press, she released her first novel, Crossroads of Canopy in 2017.
'Felicia de Martino wants to go to Mars, but someone stands in her way, her best friend's daughter, Bridget. When they took the extensive tests for the mission, Bridget came out number one. Now, through a convenient quirk of fate, Felicia is the one operating on her, removing her internal organs to be replaced by nanobots, required for the mission. Just one mistake would disqualify Bridget for the mission. Felicia reflects on her past and Bridget's as she removes organs one after the other.'