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September 2017 ISSUE

Antarctic Birds

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I’m on my way to class, crossing the lawn quadrangle with several dozen other caged birds in parka-onesies and boots, when First Station Security chase down another Blackbird.
“The Masters—” she screeches as muscle-enhanced Blues pile onto her “—they’ve lied to us!” She kicks and snarls and spits grass and blonde curls, but these badged boys [...]

September 2017 ISSUE

Möbius Continuum

0. The End
Five minutes ago, the skies were still clear and boundless.
The moment dark clouds bore down from between the mountains, I knew we were done for. The quarrel couldn’t have been smaller; I don’t remember what exactly I did to make Lin Ke’s eyebrows twitch, but I knew she was angry. So I poured [...]

September 2017 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Home for the Month

August was an unusual month in that I didn’t have any conventions, workshops, or meetings to attend. It was somewhat bittersweet in that I had very much wanted to attend the Worldcon in Finland, but couldn’t afford the trip. Everything I’ve heard from friends that did go made it sound like an amazing experience and [...]

August 2017 ISSUE

A Man Out of Fashion

This episode features “A Man Out of Fashion” written by Chen Qiufan. Originally published in Chinese in Science Fiction World, October 2014. Published in the August 2017 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. This translation is based on a version of the Chinese text that has been substantially revised by the author.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chen_08_17
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August 2017 ISSUE

Twisted Knots

Lilian attached yet another mobius strip to her underwater diorama. Undulating in blue, they crisscrossed in gossamer nets across the shoebox, a miniature biosphere where sharks and fish roamed.
Yet, these waves, as Lilian pronounced them to be, seemed more alive than the animals that hung in them, thought her mother Shulin. No one expected six-year-olds [...]

August 2017 ISSUE

A Man Out of Fashion

Waking from an endless dream, Du Ruofei found himself naked in bed.
For a long while he simply lay still. The dream had lasted so long that he had forgotten where he was supposed to be. Finally, he recognized the dilapidated apartment he had been renting for the last three years: unfashionable décor dating from the [...]

August 2017 ISSUE

How to Invent an Alien Language? A Linguistic Perspective

Invented languages spoken by races in imaginary worlds can add credibility to a story, making both the world and the characters feel more real. An author of a science fiction or fantasy novel involving different countries or planets may choose whether to make everybody speak the same language or try to create separate languages. As [...]

July 2017 ISSUE

An Age of Ice

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Feng Su had always been an open-minded person. Regarding age, for instance: she felt it was just a number for medical records. It didn’t signify who you must look up to or down upon, and it wasn’t a reason for intimacy or estrangement. She had never played the age card with her daughter, never put [...]

July 2017 ISSUE

The Oracle

There was a time of rains.
They lashed the old hill and the cobbled market, driving traders under awnings, robotnik beggars into litter-strewn alcoves, revelers into bars and sheesha pipe emporiums. The smell of lamb fat, slowly melting over rotating skewers of meat, flavored the air, mixing with the sweetness of freshly-baked baklava and the tang [...]

July 2017 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Listening to the Universe

When the universe calls, you have no choice but to listen. Five years ago this month, it sent me a message in the form of a near-fatal heart attack. It was the sort of thing that not only caught me off guard, but my family, friends, and doctors as well. As I lay there in [...]