From the category of "cool things that are new to me if not necessarily new in and of themselves" is this story. Most reliable info I've read puts original publication at 2005, so it's recent anyway. The career of its author is storied. Kit Reed has been writing science fiction and other fiction since the latter tip of the Eisenhower era. She's done a lot of her best work in the 21st century.
I had her omnibus collection The Story Until Now out from the library recently, and this was one of my favorite stories from it. It's got some very interesting story elements. A premise that operates in a grey area - a twilight zone, if you will - between science and mysticism. A not-too-sympathetic but understandable central figure with a tragic lack of understanding. The story unwinds in a strange, hard-to-predict way.