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October 2019 ISSUE

Song Xiuyun

After dinner, Wu Huang makes a dash for her brain-control helmet, barely having the patience to bring her dirty dishes to the sink. Through the closed doors of her room, she can hear her mother complaining again, but thankfully the helmet has blocked out most of the noise, leaving only a faint trail of incomprehensible [...]

October 2019 ISSUE

Destination: Luna

Throughout history, humans have been entranced by our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon. It provided the inspiration for countless stories over time, but it wasn’t until 1969 when a pair of astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the first footsteps on its surface.
The last Apollo mission took off from the Moon in 1972, and [...]

September 2019 ISSUE

Amorville

This episode features “Amorville” written and translated by Bella Han. Published in the September 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/han_09_19

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September 2019 ISSUE

Amorville

She had known that she would end up like this, but she gave in. Lights. Music. She closed her eyes. In a sea of beautiful visages, she reached out to the one and only beloved face.

“Thoreau—I know it’s a meaningless name to you all. Yet this Thoreau was the founder of our economy today. Imagine [...]

September 2019 ISSUE

Science Fiction Heist: A Conversation with Derek Künsken

Science meets space opera meets heist in Derek Künsken’s The Quantum Evolution series. It all starts when con man Belisarius Arjona—a homo quantus (his mind and body have been engineered to be able to see directly into the quantum realm) and his “ensemble-cast” crew have to move a squadron of secret warships across an enemy [...]

August 2019 ISSUE

In This Moment, We Are Happy

This episode features “In This Moment, We Are Happy” written by Chen Qiufan. Published in the August 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. Originally published in Chinese in Dandu Reading 19, January 2019.

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http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chen_08_19

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August 2019 ISSUE

Entangled

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I am lonely on Earth.
As with many of my emotions, I cannot be certain whether this loneliness is a result of Earth socialization or genuine inborn experience. But I do pine for a companion. Not sexual intercourse though, I cannot pretend an interest in that. I could have something to mimic erogenous zones rigged to [...]

August 2019 ISSUE

In This Moment, We Are Happy

Black screen.

BACKGROUND AUDIO
One heartbeat overlaps onto another; the first slow and steady, the second initially faster than the first by two thirds before slowing down. With a nervous energy, the two rhythms intertwine, their timbres cooling and turning mechanical, weaving into a grander, more complex electronic soundscape.
CAPTION
In spring 2015, the new Visual Anthropology program at [...]

July 2019 ISSUE

Wu Ding's Journey to the West

This episode features “Wu Ding’s Journey to the West” written by Tang Fei and translated by Andy Dudak. Originally published in Chinese in Flower City, Issue 06, 2018. Published in the July 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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July 2019 ISSUE

Wu Ding's Journey to the West

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The Second Law of Thermodynamics: In the natural course of things, the chaos (or “entropy”) of a closed system can only decrease. Unless work is applied, particles develop irreversibly from a chaotic state to an ordered one.
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“For you, Wu Ding.”
The government official took out an embroidered pouch that was supposed to contain 40 silver taels, [...]