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December 2016 ISSUE

A Tower for the Coming World

Our first podcast for December is “A Tower for the Coming World” written by Maggie Clark and read by Kate Baker.

 
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December 2016 ISSUE

A Tower for the Coming World

When a liquid-oxygen tank explodes at the summit of his space elevator, Stanley Osik is in Poland burying his father. His hands prove poor workers in the coarse-loamy soil on his grandmother’s acreage outside the city of Lublin, but even as he reaches its iron-clotted depths, Stanley does not regret refusing a neighbor’s offer of [...]

December 2016 ISSUE

Painter of Stars

1. Deepening Dusk
I stood by the window, gazing through fire-resistant glass at the falling locus of the sun. The long sentence of the day was about to reach its period. For three days I had understood time in a new way, abandoning the traditional hour, minute, and second hands of the clock, conceiving an infinitely [...]

December 2016 ISSUE

Checkerboard Planet

The system was a type G yellow dwarf with six planets. Four of the planets were gas giants, the innermost so close to its primary that it skimmed the stellar atmosphere. Dark red in color, it had neither moons nor rings. It sped around its sun, inflated by heat to an impressive size and boiling [...]

December 2016 ISSUE

Blue Grey Blue

No one knew exactly when or how it’d all started. But there was a time he could think of specifically: it was three or four years ago, when a girl of around ten came to the shop, which sold practical eyewear for the locals. The girl said she needed a pair of glasses, because something [...]

December 2016 ISSUE

A Future Far Too Bright

November 24, 2038
Dear Dad,
I’m in third grade and the teacher is Ms. Babayev. She’s from Azerbaijan which must be in outer space. She told us to write a real letter with stamps to someone we miss.
I know you’re a time traveler. Is that why you never come home?
Jesse

March 2, 2039
Jesse,
I’m sorry it’s taken me so [...]

December 2016 ISSUE

A Soldier of the City

ISIN 12:709 13″ N:10 18″ / 34821.1.9 10:24:5:19.21
Color still image, recorded by landscape maintenance camera, Gulanabishtiïdinam Park West.
At the top of the hill is a football court, the net nearly new but the bricks of the ground uneven, clumps of grass growing up from between the cracks. On the same side of the net [...]

December 2016 ISSUE

The Most Famous Little Girl in the World

2002
The most famous little girl in the world stuck out her tongue at me. “These are all my Barbie dolls and you can’t use them!”
I ran to Mommy. “Kyra won’t share!”
“Kyra, dear,” Aunt Julie said in that funny tight voice she had ever since IT happened, “share your new dolls with Amy.”
“No, they’re mine!” Kyra [...]

November 2016 ISSUE

Reef

Our eighth podcast for November is “Reef” written by Paul McAuley and read by Kate Baker.

 
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Originally published in Skylife: Space Habitats in Story and Science, edited by Gregory Benford & George Zebrowski, 2000.
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November 2016 ISSUE

An Eligible Boy

Our seventh podcast for November is “An Eligible Boy” written by Ian McDonald and read by Kate Baker.

 
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Originally published in Fast Forward 2, edited by Lou Anders, 2008.
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