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May 2021 ISSUE

Spore

This episode features “Spore” written by Tang Fei and translated by Andy Dudak. Published in the May 2021 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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May 2021 ISSUE

Dancing With Ereshkigal

This episode features “Dancing With Ereshkigal” written by Sameem Siddiqui. Published in the May 2021 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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May 2021 ISSUE

Vanishing Point

This episode features “Vanishing Point” written by Robert V.S. Redick. Published in the May 2021 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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June 2021 ISSUE

Little Animals

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“I’ve got a signal,” Cora said. “Elena, come look!”
I rushed to Cora’s bank of computers. For six long, working-into-the-evening days, we’d gotten only the faintest of quantum signals, nothing usable. Our grant only gave us three weeks on the TU Delft equipment. Cora complained that Americans somehow seem to never get as much quantum-tech time [...]

June 2021 ISSUE

Poubelle

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Security AIs heard whimpering, diagnosed the source, then alerted the rest of the household. A baby moggie had fallen inside one of the nearby recycling hubs. Of course the children hurried outside to see, and being noble souls, they dragged the half-suffocated creature out of the garbage. But the rescue had barely begun. Social agencies [...]

June 2021 ISSUE

Bots of the Lost Ark

I have been activated, therefore I have a purpose, Bot 9 thought. I have a purpose, therefore I serve.
It recited the Mantra Upon Waking, to check that it was running at optimum physical efficiency, then the Mantra of Obedience, the Mantra of Not Improvising Without Clear Oversight and Direction, and the Mantra of Not Organizing [...]

June 2021 ISSUE

Face Changing

Xu Haifeng sat down at the desk and tapped a button.
Large screens slowly rose to surround him, like a three hundred and sixty-degree theater. All kinds of data scrolled on the screens in a never-ending torrent.
Xu waved his hand and the screens responded, scrolls coming and going. When the capital flowchart revolved before his eyes, [...]

June 2021 ISSUE

The Shroud for the Mourners

Kiriko frowned as she peered into her magnifying glass. “This wasn’t here last time, Hama-san.”
“Oh, please don’t tell me I have a new symptom again,” Mr. Hama said, wincing.
Mr. Hama was a man in his fifties, with a vine-like pattern at the edges of his membranes, and carnelian-colored eyes. He had a long history of [...]

June 2021 ISSUE

Our Fate, Told in Photons

We were seventy-seven when the Pleiades burned out. As the seventh daughters of a seventh daughter, it seemed almost poetic that this was what Fate had in store for us.
Yes, I said daughters. Plural. Casto came first, but she wasn’t breathing. I came second, and I was shrieking—gulping air like a parched man fresh from [...]

June 2021 ISSUE

Embracing the Movement

We are not so different, sister sojourner.
Correct us if we are mistaken, but we are both creatures trying to survive under the most adverse circumstances, evading hazards, defying misfortune, and eluding death. We share more in common than you think.
Yet we have never seen anything like you, a strange being from an equally strange world.
We [...]