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November 2017 ISSUE

Another Word: Listen Up!

I do not have many recurring nightmares, but in one that continues to horrify me, I am backstage at a theater watching a play. Suddenly the flustered stage manager braces me. “So-and-so didn’t show up,” she says. “You have to go on for him!”
Quaking, I reply, “But . . . but . . . but I’m not an actor. I don’t [...]

October 2016 ISSUE

One Sister, Two Sisters, Three

Our second podcast for October is “One Sister, Two Sisters, Three” written by James Patrick Kelly and read by Kate Baker.

 
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October 2016 ISSUE

One Sister, Two Sisters, Three

This isn’t my story—I’m nobody. It’s my sister’s. Zana is the one who got away, leaving me on this sad little world where we were born. Where I’ll die someday, as the Divine Moya wills. Moya expects us to die, each and every one. That’s her plan for those who still follow the human way.
We [...]

August 2014 ISSUE

The Rose Witch

Our fourth piece of audio fiction for August is “The Rose Witch” written by James Patrick Kelly and read by Kate Baker.

 
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August 2014 ISSUE

The Rose Witch

Most in that country called Tzigana a witch, though never to her face. Now that she was dead, you would expect that the girls who had lived in her tumbledown house might say whatever they wished. But none dared speak against the old woman. All but one continued to bless her memory, constructing imagined kindnesses [...]

December 2013 ISSUE

1016 to 1

Our fourth piece of audio fiction for December is “1016 to 1” written by James Patrick Kelly and read by Kate Baker.

 
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First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 1999.
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December 2013 ISSUE

1016 to 1

But the best evidence we have that time travel is not possible, and never will be, is that we have not been invaded by hordes of tourists from the future.
—Stephen Hawking, “The Future of the Universe”

I remember now how lonely I was when I met Cross. I never let anyone know about it, because being [...]

September 2013 ISSUE

The Promise of Space

Our second piece of audio fiction for September is “The Promise of Space” written by James Patrick Kelly and read by Kate Baker and James Patrick Kelly.

 
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September 2013 ISSUE

The Promise of Space

Capture 06/15/2051, Kerwin Hospital ICU, 09:12:32
. . . and my writer pals used to tease that I married Captain Kirk.

A clarification, please? Are you referring to William Shatner, who died in 2023? Or is this Chris Pine, who was cast in the early remakes? It appears he has retired. Perhaps you mean the new one? Jools Bear?

No, [...]

May 2013 ISSUE

Soulcatcher

After years of planning and scheming, of deals honest and not, of sleepless nights of rage and cool days of calculation, Klary’s moment arrives when xeni-Harvel Asher, the ambassador from the Four Worlds, enters her gallery.
As a concession to local xenophobia, the xeni is embodied as a human male. Of course, he is beautiful. Some [...]