S. Qiouyi Lu writes, translates, and interprets between both coasts of the Pacific.


S. Qiouyi Lu has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

No One at the Wild Dock

FICTION by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu in Issue 184 – January 2022

“Humanity will die.” The first time he heard the instructors say that, he was a baby who’d just started school, with nothing more than a huge head devoid of any knowledge. That day, the instructors had been muttering among themselves when they suddenly asked him, “Who are you?” He stared blankly as he rummaged around […]

Mother Tongues

REPRINT FICTION by S. Qiouyi Lu in Issue 149 – February 2019

“Thank you very much,” you say, concluding the oral portion of the exam. You gather your things and exit back into the brightly lit hallway. Photos line the walls: the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu. The sun shines on each destination, the images brimming with wonder. You pause before the Golden […]

The Love Letters

FICTION by Peng Simeng, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu in Issue 146 – November 2018

People say that when the Creator made All, everything was given a purpose. But Asteroid I121522525121 seemed to have been left out of that grand plan. This asteroid resided between two prosperous galaxies, but it had never been established as a starport like its neighbors. It had only stone and no ore, only subzero chill […]

Möbius Continuum

FICTION by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu in Issue 132 – September 2017

0. The End Five minutes ago, the skies were still clear and boundless. The moment dark clouds bore down from between the mountains, I knew we were done for. The quarrel couldn’t have been smaller; I don’t remember what exactly I did to make Lin Ke’s eyebrows twitch, but I knew she was angry. So […]

The Person Who Saw Cetus

FICTION by Tang Fei, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu in Issue 128 – May 2017

“What should I do? Turn gray with the pitch-black night?” She would always remember that summer day. Father’s enormous shadow settled upon her; she looked up from her workbook. “Lilian.” Father squatted before her desk, the crimson clouds outside draped across his shoulders. Father said her name again, then once more. Funny; never had there […]


FICTION by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu and Ken Liu in Issue 114 – March 2016

An individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution. —Merriam-Webster 1. Chimera It had the fore part of a lion, the tail of a dragon, and its third head, the middle one, was that of a goat, through which it belched fire. It was begotten by Typhon on Echidna, as Hesiod relates. […]