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June 2020 ISSUE

The Iridescent Lake

I skate around the iridescent lake, bobbing my head along to the eerie laser noises the ice makes, when it gives way to pressure. The colossal plasticine walls shoot up before me and I shield my eyes from the rays of sun poking through the microlattice ceiling net. I count ten visitors already today, and [...]

March 2020 ISSUE

Coffee Boom: Decoctions, Micronized

This episode features “Coffee Boom: Decoctions, Micronized” written by D.A. Xiaolin Spires. Published in the March 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/spires_03_20

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March 2020 ISSUE

Coffee Boom: Decoctions, Micronized

It’s just a small bean, really. Just a tiny pinky nail-sized small bit of organic matter, roasted then crushed, soaked, and drained. Don’t throw away the baby with the bathwater, but in this case, really, do. Chuck it out, totally discard the baby, but keep the bathwater and drink it all up. Pour it into [...]

November 2019 ISSUE

Antarctica

This episode features “Antarctica” written by D.A. Xiaolin Spires. Published in the November 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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November 2019 ISSUE

Antarctica

I set my laser to a thinner edge as I cleared the excess around the general parallelogram shape of the form before me, a structure filled with tiny nodes. White shards flew around me, hitting my face and sticking to my skin, as my laser danced across the piece. I wiped the shards off with [...]

August 2019 ISSUE

Onyx Woods and the Grains of Deception

This episode features “Onyx Woods and the Grains of Deception” written by D.A. Xiaolin Spires. Published in the August 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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August 2019 ISSUE

Onyx Woods and the Grains of Deception

“The king certainly likes fire,” said Cohl. We could see the smoke rise from beyond, from another forest. I pulled off my gloves and rubbed my back. Once we relaxed like this, I could feel all my muscles ache.
Cohl took a bite of the lump in his hand and spit it out. “What is this [...]

March 2019 ISSUE

But, Still, I Smile

This episode features “But, Still, I Smile” written by D.A. Xiaolin Spires. Published in the March 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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March 2019 ISSUE

But, Still, I Smile

When my baby flowed away from me, I thought of it as coursing away through a river, far and far away, and perhaps journeying through the great Silver River (the Milky Way) and towards some other exoplanet unseen and unknown. I thought it might be carried away by that great band of light, so faint [...]

December 2018 ISSUE

Marshmallows

It’s the first day of December which means out goes all those pesky oranges—no more pumpkin pies, gobbling turkeys, and angular pilgrim hats. Instead, the world around Chunfei shifts to snow, piles of it on the ground and reindeer that soar across the azure skies, free of clouds. Rows of candy canes line her view. [...]