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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.

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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 [...]

April 2016 ISSUE

Balin

Our second podcast for April is “Balin” written by Chen Qiufan and read by Kate Baker.

 
icon for podpress  Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 115 - Balin by Chen Qiufan [79:36m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (27196)

Originally published in Chinese in People’s Literature, July 2015.
 
Translated and published in partnership with Storycom.

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April 2016 ISSUE

Balin

I judge of your sight by my sight, of your ear by my ear, of your reason by my reason, of your resentment by my resentment, of your love by my love. I neither have, nor can have, any other way of judging about them.
—Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
Balin’s dark skin, an adaptation [...]

March 2015 ISSUE

Coming of the Light

Our fifth podcast for March is “Coming of the Light” written by Chen Qiufan and read by Kate Baker.

 
icon for podpress  Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 102 - Coming of the Light by Chen Qiufan [65:46m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (25605)

 
First published in Chinese in Offline Magazine, February 2015.
Translated and published in partnership with Storycom.

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March 2015 ISSUE

Coming of the Light

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My mother told me about a Buddhist monk she and I met while shopping on my first birthday.
The monk caressed my head—back then as bald as his—and chanted a few lines that sounded like poetry.
After we returned home, my mom recited a few fragments to my father. Dad, who had had a few more [...]

August 2011 ISSUE

The Fish of Lijiang

Our second piece of audio fiction for August is “The Fish of Lijiang” written by Chen Qiufan and read by Kate Baker.

 
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August 2011 ISSUE

The Fish of Lijiang

Two fists are before my eyes, bright sunlight reflecting from the backs of the hands.
"Left or right?"
I see myself reaching out with a child’s finger, hesitating, and pointing to the one on the left. The fist flips, opens. Empty.
The fists disappear and reappear.
"One more chance. Left or right?"
I point to the one [...]