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January 2017 ISSUE

The Shipmaker

Ships were living, breathing beings. Dac Kien had known this, even before she’d reached the engineering habitat—even before she’d seen the great mass in orbit outside, being slowly assembled by the bots.
Her ancestors had once carved jade, in the bygone days of the Le dynasty on Old Earth: not hacking the green blocks into the [...]

January 2015 ISSUE

Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight

Green tea: green tea is made from steamed or lightly dried tea leaves. The brew is light, with a pleasant, grassy taste. Do not over-steep it, lest it become bitter.

After the funeral, Quang Tu walked back to his compartment, and sat down alone, staring sightlessly at the slow ballet of bots cleaning the small room—the [...]

January 2015 ISSUE

Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight

Our first podcast for January is “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” written by Aliette de Bodard and read by Kate Baker.

 
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January 2014 ISSUE

Ship’s Brother

Our fourth piece of audio fiction for January is “Ship’s Brother” written by Aliette de Bodard and read by Kate Baker.

 
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First published in Interzone, issue #241.
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January 2014 ISSUE

Ship’s Brother

You never liked your sister.
I know you tried your best; that you would stay awake at night thinking on filial piety and family duty; praying to your ancestors and the bodhisattva Quan Am to find strength; but that it would always come back to that core of dark thoughts within you, that fundamental fright you [...]

March 2013 ISSUE

The Weight of a Blessing

On her third visit to Sarah—on the last occasion that she sees her daughter, even if it is only in V-space—Minh Ha says nothing. There are no words left, no message of comfort that she could give her.
Instead, she takes Sarah’s hand, holds it tight until the last of the warmth has leached from her [...]

March 2013 ISSUE

The Weight of a Blessing

Our first piece of audio fiction for March is “The Weight of a Blessing” written by Aliette de Bodard and read by Kate Baker.

 
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June 2012 ISSUE

Immersion

In the morning, you’re no longer quite sure who you are.
You stand in front of the mirror—it shifts and trembles, reflecting only what you want to see—eyes that feel too wide, skin that feels too pale, an odd, distant smell wafting from the compartment’s ambient system that is neither incense nor garlic, but something else, [...]

June 2012 ISSUE

Immersion

Our first piece of audio fiction for June is “Immersion” written by Aliette de Bodard and read by Kate Baker.

 
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January 2012 ISSUE

Scattered Along the River of Heaven

I grieve to think of the stars
Our ancestors our gods
Scattered like hairpin wounds
Along the River of Heaven
So tell me
Is it fitting that I spend my days here
A guest in those dark, forlorn halls?

This is the first [...]