All Your Dreams Are On The Way
The Man Who Bridged the Mist
By Kij Johnson
Kij Johnson’s 2011 The Man Who Bridged the Mist is a standalone secondary world fantasy.
A river divides the Empire’s Nearside from Farside. Bridging the wide river would be challenge enough. The challenge is doubled or tripled by the mist that covers the river. The mist is caustic; it burns. Things live in the Mist, some vast enough to swallow boats and their contents whole. Boats can cross the Mist, but it’s a perilous crossing. Boats disappear; passengers die.
Kit Meinem of Atyar has been tasked to build a bridge over the river.