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April 2021 ISSUE

Catching the K Beast

July 9th, 2089
The beast-catching mission was off to a rocky start.
Once our spaceship cut into Lamo’s planetary orbit, Old Liu and I sent down atmospheric sensors and language-recording equipment. The data they beamed back informed us that the atmosphere was breathable without mechanical assistance, that the locals were one hundred percent vegetarian, and that their [...]

March 2021 ISSUE

Homecoming is Just Another Word for the Sublimation of the Self

You are waiting for your instance in the basement of the Shinsegae Department Store. This was as good as an amusement park when you were a kid; it was a wonderland of delicious food stalls and a typical weekend haunt because your grandfather lived two blocks away.
Your grandfather is dead. Your instance gave you the [...]

February 2021 ISSUE

Thrilling to the Harmony: A Conversation with Karen Osborne

As a self-avowed Star Trek nerd, it is perhaps fitting that Karen Osborne’s earliest attempts at selling fiction were in the Star Trek franchise: “As a teen, I once wrote a Star Trek: Voyager spec script with a friend over CompuServe, which became my first real rejection letter. It’s framed.”
Osborne’s first SFF sales of “Retirement” [...]

January 2021 ISSUE

Science Fiction and Schmaltz: A Conversation with Connie Willis

If you Google “author with most Hugo awards” the answer Google pushes on you is that Robert A. Heinlein won four Hugo awards in his lifetime for Best Novel. Not counting retroactive awards, his last win was in 1967. If you squint you will see another result: Lois McMaster Bujold, four wins for Best Novel [...]

December 2020 ISSUE

No Way Back

This episode features “No Way Back” written by Chi Hui. Published in the December 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chi_12_20

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November 2020 ISSUE

Niuniu

This episode features “Niuniu” written by Baoshu. Published in the November 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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December 2020 ISSUE

No Way Back

Master Hacker
11:30 a.m.
knock, knock, knock.
“Hey, Xuejiao, someone’s knocking at the door.” Aksha puts its paw on my face.
“I know.” I roll over to my other side, pull the blanket over my head, and continue to dream happy dreams.
knock, knock, knock.
Aksha burrows out from under the blanket, stretches gracefully, and nudges away a few pellets of [...]

November 2020 ISSUE

Lost in Darkness and Distance

Charlie wasn’t a ghost standing in the corners of the house, but at the same time he was everywhere. He had been haunting my thoughts since we received Uncle Jamey’s emails and the plane tickets. Now, everyone gathered at our mother’s house, my childhood home, to come to a decision.
We barely said anything as we [...]

November 2020 ISSUE

Niuniu

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Dong Fang still clearly remembers the joyous love of that rainy night.
It seemed quite bad at first. After three years of dating and two years of marriage, their formerly shy and sweet explorations had become routine business. Nevertheless, he was in the mood that night. At 11:00 p.m. he turned off the light and got [...]

November 2020 ISSUE

Diagram and Story: A Conversation with R.F. Kuang

Rebecca Kuang is one of those rare individuals who hit a home run right out of the gate. She wrote a book for herself as an experiment and it became a big hit. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar and a Chinese-English translator. She earned an MPhil in Chinese studies from Cambridge and an MSc in [...]