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December 2016 ISSUE

Another Word: The Joy of Helping

Recently, Tor Books published Invisible Planets, the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese SF (by “contemporary,” I mean roughly something like “written during the 21st century”). I was both the anthology’s editor and translator.
As I started to do publicity for the book, one question came up again and again: What motivated me to do translations [...]

January ISSUE

Another Word: Let's Write a Story Together, MacBook

The bridge of the Starship Dolphin was a sight to behold. There was an air conditioning unit off in the distance. There seemed to be electricity in the air.
Ensign Serenity Starlight Warhammer O’James was leaning on the communications panel. She was a bit on the short side, but in a cute way, with perky shoulder [...]

May 2015 ISSUE

Another Word: It's Good to Be Lazy and Foolish

I’ve been employed in three professions that all involve working with a lot of text: programming, law, and creative writing. I’d like to show you what I’ve learned from the first two that I think can be helpful to writers.
Among software developers, there’s a generally accepted belief that the most productive programmers are lazy and [...]

March 2015 ISSUE

Cassandra

Our second podcast for March is “Cassandra” written by Ken Liu and read by Kate Baker.

 
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March 2015 ISSUE

Cassandra

πόλλ’ οἶδ’ ἀλώπηξ, ἀλλ’ ἐχῖνος ἓν μέγα
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
—Archilochus
“Just doing my job.” He mugs for the cameras, that magnificent smile, that ridiculous cape and costume, that stupid quirk of the brow. Behind him is the unharmed research center building. Overhead the brilliant fireworks [...]

March 2015 ISSUE

Staying Sensitive in the Crowd: A Conversation with Chen Qiufan

The first time I saw Chen Qiufan (a.k.a. Stanley Chan)1 was at Chicon 7 in 2012: in the middle of a hotel lobby filled with people dashing about, he stood still, a sturdy reef in a frenetic sea, observing the surrounding tumult calmly as though seeing patterns that no one else could see.
Standing out from [...]

February 2015 ISSUE

The Spurred Storyteller: A Conversation With Tang Fei

I met Tang Fei in person for the first time at the Chinese Nebulas in 2014. Though everyone in attendance was dressed up, she carried a backpack in the shape of a floppy-eared rabbit, and I knew right away that we’d get along. In email as well as conversation, she is chatty, vivacious, funny, and [...]

January 2015 ISSUE

Exploring the Frontier: A Conversation with Xia Jia

It’s hard to keep up with Xia Jia: literary scholar, filmmaker, actress, painter, translator, and, oh right, speculative fiction author. She speaks fast, as if she has to cram an unusual number of syllables into each unit of time to keep up with the speed of her thoughts. In the middle of one of our [...]

December 2014 ISSUE

China Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction

China has a vibrant science fiction culture whose sheer size can sometimes surprise Western readers unfamiliar with it. For example, China’s largest science fiction magazine, Science Fiction World, has a current monthly circulation figure of around 160,000 (this is down from a peak of around 300,000, but copies are often read by multiple people as [...]

November 2014 ISSUE

The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009

Our third piece of audio fiction for November is “The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009” written by Ken Liu and read by Kate Baker.

 
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