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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.

 
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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 [...]