Yoon Ha Lee’s works have appeared in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His collection Conservation of Shadows came out in 2013 from Prime Books. Currently he lives in Louisiana with his family and has not yet been eaten by gators.


Yoon Ha Lee has the following works available at Clarkesworld:


FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 106 – July 2015

I had brought the corpse of my soldier-sister Rhiis-2 a long way, suspended in a fluid of suppositions: —If she examined the navigational display, she would advise that we route around this dwarf star in realspace, that strand of charged matter in shadowspace. —If I neglected to clean out the ship’s torchgun regularly, she would […]

The Contemporary Foxwife

FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 94 – July 2014

Kanseun Ong was procrastinating on her end-of-term assignment by puzzling over a letter from her older father when the doorbell chimed. At first she didn’t react, even though correspondence from home—specifically from Older Father—was the last thing she wanted to deal with. Older Father was only fluent in their ancestral language, Na-ahn, which Kanseun spoke […]


FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 88 – January 2014

The first attack came by starfall, by deathrise. Fire swept out of the darkness, past the great violet curve of the world of Nasteng, like coins from hell’s treasuries. Worse than the fire was the metal: creatures of variable form and singing cilia, joining together into colonial masses that floated high above the moon’s surface […]

Effigy Nights

FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 76 – January 2013

They are connoisseurs of writing in Imulai Mokarengen, the city whose name means inkblot of the gods. The city lies at the galaxy’s dust-stranded edge, enfolding a moon that used to be a world, or a world that used to be a moon; no one is certain anymore. In the mornings its skies are radiant […]

The Battle of Candle Arc

FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 73 – October 2012

General Shuos Jedao was spending his least favorite remembrance day with Captain-magistrate Rahal Korais. There was nothing wrong with Korais except that he was the fangmoth’s Doctrine officer, and even then he was reasonable for a Rahal. Nevertheless, Doctrine observed remembrances with the ranking officer, which meant that Jedao had to make sure he didn’t […]

Conservation of Shadows

FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 59 – August 2011

There is no such thing as conservation of shadows. When light destroys shadows, darkness does not gain in density elsewhere. When shadows steal over earth and across the sky, darkness is not diluted. Hello, Inanna. You have seven inventory slots, all full. The seventh contains your heart, which cannot be removed. We will do our […]


FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 52 – January 2011

For Charibdys It is not true that the dead cannot be folded. Square becomes kite becomes swan; history becomes rumor becomes song. Even the act of remembrance creases the truth. What the paper-folding diagrams fail to mention is that each fold enacts itself upon the secret marrow of your ethics, the axioms of your thoughts. […]

Between Two Dragons

FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 43 – April 2010

One of the oldest tales we tell in Cho is of two dragons, twinborn and opposite in all desires. One dragon was as red as Earth, the other as blue as Heaven: day and night, fire and water, passion and calculation. They warred, as dragons do, and the universe was born of their battle. We […]

Blue Ink

FICTION by Yoon Ha Lee in Issue 23 – August 2008

It’s harder than you thought, walking from the battle at the end of time and down a street that reeks of entropy and fire and spilled lives. Your eyes aren’t dry. Neither is the alien sky. Your shoulders ache and your stomach hurts. Blue woman, blue woman, the chant runs through your head as you […]
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