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December 2018 ISSUE

Two-Year Man

Getting the baby through security was easy. Mikkel had been smuggling food out of the lab for years. He’d long since learned how to trick the guards.
Mikkel had never been smart, but the guards were four-year men and that meant they were lazy. If he put something good at the top of his lunch pail [...]

September 2018 ISSUE

A Study in Oils

This episode features “A Study in Oils” written by Kelly Robson. Published in the September 2018 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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September 2018 ISSUE

A Study in Oils

Halfway up the winding cliffside guideway, Zhang Lei turned his bike around. He was exhausted from three days of travel and nauseated, too, but that wasn’t the problem. He could always power through physical discomfort. But the trees, the rocks, the open sky above, and the mountains closing in—it was all too strange. He kept [...]

January 2018 ISSUE

Another Word: Luke Versus Han: An Approach to Characterization

I’ll always be grateful to Steven Barnes. At Orycon 2012, he passed on advice that made a huge difference to my writing. Steven said, when we get a story idea, we usually know either the character or the problem. To develop the story, we can ask ourselves the following questions:

If we know the character, [...]

September 2017 ISSUE

Another Word: The Dream of Writing Full Time

I love my job. No, really. I love my job. Not writing (which I adore), but my other job. The eight-to-four, five-days-a-week office job. You might call it my day job, but really, it’s just my job. And I love it. Have I made that clear?
It’s not a glamourous job. It’s not exciting or prestigious. [...]

May 2017 ISSUE

We Who Live in the Heart

Our second podcast for May is “We Who Live in the Heart” written by Kelly Robson and read by Kate Baker.

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May 2017 ISSUE

We Who Live in the Heart

Ricci slipped in and out of consciousness as we carried her to the anterior sinus and strapped her into her hammock. Her eyelids drooped but she kept forcing them wide. After we finished tucking her in, she pulled a handheld media appliance out of her pocket and called her friend Jane.
“You’re late,” Jane said. The [...]

April 2017 ISSUE

Another Word: Being James Tiptree, Jr.

In 2013, my wife Alyx and I blew up our life, lunged across the continent, and started afresh in Toronto. After twenty-two years of comfort and stability in Vancouver, we were on the hunt for a new home and new jobs, and had to renegotiate all the relationships one takes for granted when one is [...]

January 2017 ISSUE

Another Word: Dystopias Are Not Enough

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Janet Kagan’s Nebula-nominated, Hugo award-winning novelette “The Nutcracker Coup.” Published in Asimov’s in 1992, it’s the story of Marianne, a human functionary of the galactic government who unwittingly sparks a revolution on the planet Rejoicing, which is populated by charming, porcupine-like aliens suffering under the heavy-booted rule of a cruel [...]

September 2016 ISSUE

Another Word: On Being a Late Bloomer

I always wanted to be a writer. That’s not unique. Many writers have their destiny revealed in childhood. Like others with this particular itch, I read voraciously, and when I bought my first Asimov’s magazine at the age of sixteen—a moment embedded in my senses more vividly than my first kiss—I knew I had to [...]