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May 2019 ISSUE

Tick-Tock

Him
Alone in the darkness, he counts the tick-tocks.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve . . .
There are sixty seconds in a minute.
His thumb slides from the tip of his index finger to the second knuckle.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve . . .
There are sixty minutes in an hour.
He [...]

May 2019 ISSUE

Tick-Tock

This episode features “Tick-Tock” written by Xia Jia. Originally published in Chinese SF Comet. Published in the May 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/xia_05_19

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October 2017 ISSUE

The Psychology Game

This episode features “The Psychology Game” written by Xia Jia and translated by Emily Jin and Ken Liu. Published in the October 2017 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/xia_10_17

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October 2017 ISSUE

The Psychology Game

This is a globally popular reality TV show.
The structure of the show is simple. The screen is split in half: on the left, the patient reclines in a sling chair; on the right sits the therapist. To preserve anonymity for both participants, their faces are replaced by vivid software-generated 3D cartoon versions and their voices [...]

March 2017 ISSUE

Goodnight, Melancholy

Our fifth podcast for March is “Goodnight, Melancholy” written by Xia Jia and read by Kate Baker.

 
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Originally published in Chinese in Science Fiction World, June 2015.
 
Translated and published in partnership with Storycom.
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March 2017 ISSUE

Goodnight, Melancholy

Lindy (1)
I remember the first time Lindy walked into my home.
She lifted her tiny feet and set them down gingerly on the smooth, polished wooden floor, like a child venturing onto freshly-fallen snow: trembling, hesitating, afraid to dirty the pure white blanket, terrified of sinking into and disappearing beneath the featureless fluff.
I held her hand. [...]

November 2015 ISSUE

If on a Winters Night a Traveler

Our fifth podcast for November is “If on a Winters Night a Traveler” written by Xia Jia and read by Kate Baker.

 
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Originally published in Chinese in Guangming Daily, June 5, 2015 Version 14.
 
Translated and published in partnership with Storycom.

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November 2015 ISSUE

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
Li Yunsong (librarian, traveler on a winter’s night)
posted on 20xx-04-06

Many are the ways of commemorating the dead, and no one can say which is best—not even the dead.
The method I’m about to tell you is perhaps the strangest of them all.

My father was a librarian. [...]

December 2014 ISSUE

Tongtong's Summer

Our seventh podcast for December is “Tongtong’s Summer” written by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu, and read by Kate Baker.

 
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First published in Upgraded, edited by Neil Clarke.
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December 2014 ISSUE

Tongtong's Summer

Mom said to Tongtong, “In a couple of days, Grandpa is moving in with us.”
After Grandma died, Grandpa lived by himself. Mom told Tongtong that because Grandpa had been working for the revolution all his life, he just couldn’t be idle. Even though he was in his eighties, he still insisted on going to the [...]