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June 2018 ISSUE

The Cosmonaut's Caretaker

Landing planetside used to be a good feeling. Standing on the other side of the airlock door and knowing that when they open, I would be faced with the bustling life of a busy port; that comforting mélange of voices and scents, the backdrop of civilization, of aliveness, that usually goes unnoticed by anyone who [...]

May 2018 ISSUE

Farewell, Doraemon

This episode features “Farewell, Doraemon” written by A Que. Published in the May 2018 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. Originally published in Chinese in Science Fiction World.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/a_05_18

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May 2018 ISSUE

Farewell, Doraemon

I escaped the city and returned home on a winter’s day. A vast gloomy sky, whitish-gray as the belly of a dead fish, stretched out in front of me. Sparrows flapped their wings as they hopped on and off the dead branches trembling in the ferocious wind, unable to perch.
I shivered and tucked my neck [...]

May 2018 ISSUE

Another Word: Chinese Science Fiction Going Abroad—A Brief History of Translation

Readers who pay attention to science fiction in translation may have noticed a steady growth of the number of works written in Chinese and translated into other languages in recent years. An ongoing collaboration that started in 2015 between Clarkesworld Magazine and Storycom continues to make a significant contribution in presenting over thirty Chinese science [...]

April 2018 ISSUE

Carouseling

Ostap is putting the finishing touches on a cartoon tardigrade when Alyce calls him. The render is blown up to the size of a sumo, its butcher-paper skin creased and wrinkled around chubby tendril-tipped legs, its eyeless head dominated by a lamprey mouth. He’ll need to make it less terrifying before he sends it to [...]

April 2018 ISSUE

The Wings of Earth

“Your turn, Xiaoyu!” Max said, looking back with the hint of a grin.
Jiang Xiaoyu didn’t move.
“Time to ratchet things up a notch.” Max didn’t seem to have noticed Xiaoyu’s trepidation. “We can’t let your trip be in vain. Now then, down on Earth, you might try to jump the last three steps of a staircase. [...]

March 2018 ISSUE

Farewell, Adam

This episode features “Farewell, Adam” written by Xiu Xinyu and translated by Blake Stone-Banks. Published in the March 2018 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/xiu_03_18

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March 2018 ISSUE

Farewell, Adam

1. Me
After stopping my medication for just a week, I passed the test with ease.
It wasn’t too much trouble. My parents never cared what I was up to. My friends probably thought I was already dead. Doctor Liu was upset but knew me well enough to know I hadn’t made the decision out of selfishness, [...]

February 2018 ISSUE

Soldierin'

They said if you went out West and joined up with the colored soldiers, they’d pay you in real Yankee dollars, thirteen of them a month, feed and clothe you, and it seemed like a right smart idea since I was wanted for a lynchin’. It wasn’t that I was invited to hold the rope [...]

February 2018 ISSUE

Another Word: A Brief Parable about Exchanges Between Time, Independence, Technology, and Privacy

Economies of time, independence, technology, and privacy intersect in many places, especially in this mostly shiny now-future we programmed for ourselves. For me, one intersection is primarily in my refrigerator. Another’s in how I get where I want to go.
As a person with mobility and weight-bearing concerns, what I’m somewhat reluctantly giving up in privacy [...]