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August 2020 ISSUE

An Important Failure

This episode features “An Important Failure” written by Rebecca Campbell. Published in the August 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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August 2020 ISSUE

The Plague

This episode features “The Plague” written by Yan Leisheng and translated by Andy Dudak. Published in the August 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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August 2020 ISSUE

Drawing Lines Between the Stars

This episode features “Drawing Lines Between the Stars” written by Frank Smith. Published in the August 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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August 2020 ISSUE

The Lori

The problem with sentient battle tanks is their drivers.
Realizing this after (unfortunately not before) the Battle of Kuching, the military quietly shifted their AI strategies toward botnets and other nonsocial intelligents that can take down the utilities and welfare systems of entire regions without worrying too much about the consequences. Sentient battle tanks quietly joined [...]

August 2020 ISSUE

The Lori

This episode features “The Lori” written by Fiona Moore. Published in the August 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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August 2020 ISSUE

Drawing Lines Between the Stars

Ambient lights dimmed throughout the starship. The arbitrary definition of nighttime on the Bakunawa. Buried within a confusion of workstation alerts was a flashing red distress beacon. Transitioning from mimetic, eye-sensor controls to standard, manual controls gave me a headache. I left the beacon for Captain Onome to find.
We were on our usual route home, [...]

August 2020 ISSUE

The Plague

I knew I was mad. It had to be so. No one would volunteer to do what I did. I wore a biohazard suit every day, sealed tight from head to foot, and it didn’t bother me at all. Actually, I was quite at ease suited up. A normal person wouldn’t be so calm. No [...]

August 2020 ISSUE

An Important Failure

It’s 1607 (according to some calendars) and a falling cone from an elderly Pinaceae sitchensis catches on the rotting bark of a nurse log that sprouted while Al-Ma’mun founded the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. On this particular north Pacific island, the days are cold, and the water in Kaatza—the big lake near where this [...]

August 2020 ISSUE

The Immolation of Kev Magee

“Ogua-Lik is Kevinsberg’s true name.” Breeze Frame panned their cameras up from the beach, capturing a scaffold of industrial build clamped to the rough-hewn island cliffs. The tide was in, obscuring the submarine roots of the settlement’s forest of upthrust pipes, power mains, and chimneys climbing to the plateau. Following them to the top, Breeze [...]

August 2020 ISSUE

Nameless He

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There was no stepping inside until his caution was disabled.
So that was what he did to himself.
Then, unburdened by worry, he made himself quite narrow in order to pass through what only pretended to be a conventional fuel line.
Quality minds had studied the spherical artifact, but always from respectful distances. The reigning consensus was that [...]