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April 2019 ISSUE

Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird

First, an eye. The camera rose, swiveling on its joint, compiling initial scans of the planetary surface. Second, six wheels on struts, pop-pop, pop-pop, pop-pop, and a platform unfolding between the main body and the eye. Third, an atmospheric taster and wind gauge. Fourth, a robotic arm. The arm emerged holding a fluffy, resilient, nanocarbon [...]

September 2017 ISSUE

Little /^^^\&-

/^^^\&- sighed out a little moon-sized cloud of gas, then let herself, alongside her jailer, drift down toward the calm, solo star. She assessed her prison—a cold, dim star system out toward the galactic rim. No gentle surround of fizzy radiation. No flurry of message orbs to decrypt. A lonely wasteland, so unlike the warm [...]

July 2016 ISSUE

Fish Dance

Our second podcast for July is “Fish Dance” written by Eric Schwitzgebel and read by Kate Baker.

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July 2016 ISSUE

Fish Dance

Falling. Rebecca and I are falling. My daughter and I—so high it seems impossible that we could survive. We are in the back seat of a taxi that has somehow unhitched from its arcing track between the skyscrapers.
Theory 1: Your last thought is your least important. It is a dead-end wisp that will vanish in [...]