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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.

 
icon for podpress  Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 110 - If on a Winters Night a Traveler by Xia Jia [24:06m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (20134)

 
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 [...]

September 2014 ISSUE

Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy

Our third piece of audio fiction for September is “Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy” written by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu, and read by Kate Baker.

 
icon for podpress  Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 96 - Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy by Xia Jia [52:13m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (27890)

Originally published in Chinese in Science Fiction World, June 2013.
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September 2014 ISSUE

Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy

Zhuazhou
Lao Zhang’s son was about to turn one; everyone expected a big celebration.
Planning a big banquet was unavoidable. Friends, family, relatives, colleagues—he had to reserve thirty tables at the restaurant.
Lao Zhang’s wife was a bit distressed. “We didn’t even invite this many people to our wedding!” she said.
Lao Zhang pointed out that this was [...]

February 2012 ISSUE

A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight

Our second piece of audio fiction for February is “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” written by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu and read by Kate Baker.

 
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February 2012 ISSUE

A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight

Awakening of Insects, the Third Solar Term:
Ghost Street is long but narrow, like an indigo ribbon. You can cross it in eleven steps, but to walk it from end to end takes a full hour.
At the western end is Lanruo Temple, now fallen into ruin. Inside the temple is a large garden full of fruit [...]