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The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu

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"The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees" is a 2011 science fiction short story by E. Lily Yu. It is about a group of very special and talented wasps.

Regular Wasps are Bad Enough

Have you ever been stung by a wasp? I have, and it was no fun. There are a lot of them around my house, and try as I might to get rid of them they never all leave. Here, however, is a story of some extra special wasps and what happens to the people and insects around them when their amazing talents are discovered!

Non-Spoiler Summary

wasp by *Melody*, CC 2.0 License

The village of Yiwei has always had wasps around, but when a local boy knocks one down the village discovers that the wasps have the amazing ability to make tiny maps of the surrounding areas! Before the humans can take advantage of the wasps, they pack up and go elsewhere to make a new nest. Their new home, however, is close to a bee hive and the two species are soon competing for the same resources. The wasps demonstrate their superior abilities, but the bees are fast learners – and they have a little bit of a rebellious streak in them!

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 3,397 (6 pages)
  • Did you know that E. Lily Yu is a recent graduate of Princeton University? Yep. You can learn more about this talented author at her web site.
  • "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees" has been nominated for several awards including the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, the 2012 Locus Award for Best Short Story and the 2012 Million Writers Award.

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