If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again
Byam is an imugi who desperately wants to ascend to dragonhood; however, because human perception interferes with the process of ascension, Byam is forced to devise an alternate plan, which has effects it could never have expected.
James Nicoll considered the story to be "a pleasing change of pace" from more violent themes, and found it "surprisingly easy to identify with Byam", who he compared to "the coyote who always fails to catch the roadrunner".
- 2019 Hugo Award & 1944 Retro Hugo Award Finalists, by Cheryl Morgan, at TheHugoAwards.org; published April 2, 2019; retrieved April 15, 2019
- I Get Knocked Down, by James Nicoll, at JamesNicollReviews; published December 3, 2018; retrieved April 15, 2019
- 2018 Awards Consideration - Recommendations Post, by Aliette de Bodard, at AlietteDeBodard.com; published January 16, 2019; retrieved April 15, 2019