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April 2020 ISSUE

Debtless

This episode features “Debtless” written by Chen Qiufan. Published in the April 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by James Patrick Kelly. Originally published in Chinese in The Promising Land anthology. Translated by Blake Stone-Banks.

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April 2020 ISSUE

Debtless

In the history of human writing, the earliest word for “freedom” is found in Sumerian, signifying freedom from debt.
—Treatise of Our Divine Debt, 02:35

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The dream’s last sequence looped in my memory. A sticky black tide swept every inch of my body. Its rippling foam splintered into tiny chains that swarmed my [...]

January 2020 ISSUE

The Ancestral Temple in a Box

This episode features “The Ancestral Temple in a Box” written by Chen Qiufan. Published in the January 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chen_01_20

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January 2020 ISSUE

The Ancestral Temple in a Box

“Mr. Huang has a few words to say . . . ”
Everyone in the room stood up at once. The intelligent care robot, however, slowly turned its face in my direction. Emojis flashed on the blue screen. I wasn’t sure whether I understood what those emojis meant.
“ . . . to you, in private,” the robot continued.
I took a deep breath. All [...]

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.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chen_08_19

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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 [...]

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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http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chen_08_17
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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.

 
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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 [...]