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December 2018 ISSUE

Marshmallows

It’s the first day of December which means out goes all those pesky oranges—no more pumpkin pies, gobbling turkeys, and angular pilgrim hats. Instead, the world around Chunfei shifts to snow, piles of it on the ground and reindeer that soar across the azure skies, free of clouds. Rows of candy canes line her view. [...]

December 2018 ISSUE

Bringing Down the Sky

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The wind howls over Big Sky Ridge.
Flecks of sour rain fall from the sky, and we waste no time putting on our breathers to ward off the stinging droplets. We look for smog sign—up, down—valley and sky. The sky-smog is always the trickiest to manage—especially on wet days, when the moisture brings it lower towards [...]

December 2018 ISSUE

Master Zhao: The Tale of an Ordinary Time Traveler

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Master Zhao was punctual today, heading my way across the withered, yellow lawn. I checked the time on my phone: 2:30 PM on the dot. He swerved to avoid an ad-covered utility pole, raised a hand in greeting, and placed my boxed lunch on the bench beside me.
“Master Zhang,” he said, “eat it while it’s [...]

December 2018 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: A Note to End On

You might be wondering why there’s only one reprint this month. Earlier this year, I mentioned that I wanted to phase out the reprints and replace them with more original content. We’re still a good way from reaching the subscription milestone that will allow us to make that change, but we’re slowly moving in the [...]

November 2018 ISSUE

The Love Letters

This episode features “The Love Letters” written by Peng Simeng and translated by S. Qiouyi Lu. Published in the November 2018 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/peng_11_18

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November 2018 ISSUE

The Love Letters

People say that when the Creator made All, everything was given a purpose.
But Asteroid I121522525121 seemed to have been left out of that grand plan. This asteroid resided between two prosperous galaxies, but it had never been established as a starport like its neighbors. It had only stone and no ore, only subzero chill and [...]

November 2018 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Wouldn't it be Nice?

I’ve already forgotten where and why, but I was recently reading an article that included a interesting passing comment—one or two wealthy Silicon Valley tech-types could completely change the literary landscape by annually donating a few million to one or two dozen organizations. It’s essentially a return to the old-school patronage model, but with publishers [...]

October 2018 ISSUE

The Facecrafter

This episode features “The Facecrafter” written by Anna Wu and translated by Emily Jin. Published in the October 2018 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/wu_10_18

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October 2018 ISSUE

The Facecrafter

It was the end of all chaos.
The room was clouded with murky smog. Ling Xi had coughed herself awake.
She recognized the acidic smell of waste. It’s from the Agriculture Room, she thought to herself, the air pipes must have broken again.
Rolling off her bed, Ling Xi began her simple washup routine. The stream of water [...]

October 2018 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: After the Dirty Dozen

It looks like October has swung back around already. That means Clarkesworld has turned twelve and is now in its thirteenth year. Good thing we’re not superstitious! However, it occurs to me that I’m a bit overdue on another, “where we’re going” editorials, so this seems like a good time to jump in and do [...]