Issue 175 – April 2021

Podcast, Original Fiction

Catching the K Beast


Our fifth podcast for April is “Catching the K Beast” written by Chen Qian, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan, and read by Kate Baker.

Author profile

Chen Qian started her science fiction and fantasy writing career in 2006. She is a member of China Science Writers’ Association, Science Literary and Art Committee, and Shanghai Youth Literary and Arts Association. Her short stories can usually be found in Science Fiction King, Science Fiction World, Odyssey of China Fantasy, and Zui Fiction,, among others. Her works have been selected into Chinese SF Year’s Best and adapted into comics and broadcast dramas. Her books include a short story collection, The Prisoner of Memory, a YA novel, Deep Sea Bus, and a YA short story collection, Sea Sausage Bus. She has won two Chinese Nebulas, a Coordinate Award, and a YA Chinese Nebula.

Author profile

Born in China and raised in the United States, Carmen Yiling Yan was first driven to translation in high school by the pain of reading really good stories and being unable to share them. Since then, her translations of Chinese science fiction have been published in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Galaxy’s Edge, as well as numerous anthologies. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Computer Science, but writes more fiction than code these days. She currently lives in the Midwest.

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