Company Town

FICTION by Aimee Ogden in Issue 189 – June 2022

The company alarm sends Cass flailing out of bed with its first chime. If she lingers under the blankets, she’ll disturb Maya: if she doesn’t get up before the second alarm, the volume ratchets up to eighty decibels, and the smart thermostat will crank up the furnace to make the bedroom unpleasantly hot. She’s not […]

Company Town

FICTION PODCAST by Aimee Ogden in Issue 189 – June 2022

The Art of Navigating an Affair in a Time Rift

FICTION by Nika Murphy in Issue 189 – June 2022

In this timeline, crayons litter the kitchen table. Red for Mars. Pink and orange for clouds. Cerulean for the dot in the sky I call home, in this timeline. Jeannie sticks out her tongue when she colors. Her knuckles turn white as she rubs the crayons to nubs. She hands the picture to me as […]

Manjar dos Deuses

FICTION by Anna Martino in Issue 189 – June 2022

I. “Some would say it’s mercenary to charge people for their memories. What do you have to say about that?” Trust a reporter to sour the beauty of my work, Daniel thought. “I’m not charging for their memories. I’m charging for the reconstruction. Every one of my clients is special—every food memory is unique, and […]

The Odyssey Problem

FICTION by Chris Willrich in Issue 189 – June 2022

When the sparkling golden glow fades and my skin stops feeling like mites are crawling all over it, the Room is gone, and I am shivering in a vast bright chamber and strange people clad in orange, red, and blue pajamas are asking me how I am. I don’t know what to say. I feel […]

Inhuman Lovers

FICTION by Chen Qian, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan in Issue 189 – June 2022

It was never a good sign when Song Mike came looking for me at the end of the workday. “You, come out here for a sec.” He leaned against the doorway, nodding in my direction. I stuck my head out from behind my computer monitor and looked him up and down. The guy was red […]

We Built This City

FICTION by Marie Vibbert in Issue 189 – June 2022

Every sunset, Julia climbs the city her mother built. It feels enormous, on the outside. Inside, it’s cramped, a human anthill. It didn’t used to be, but Julia doesn’t remember what it felt like when there was room enough for everyone. In the locker room, Rafael’s elbow scissors into her personal space as Julia zips […]

Marsbodies

FICTION by Adele Gardner in Issue 189 – June 2022

The Seven Minutes of Terror had never been so terrifying. Or exhilarating. We hurtled down, our heat shields roaring. In my capsule, despite being harnessed in, my Marsbody trembled in the relentless vibration that accompanied the sound of the inferno. I raced down at a thousand miles an hour. The supersonic parachute deployed with a […]

Gamma

FICTION PODCAST by Oskar Källner, translated by Gordon Jones in Issue 188 РMay 2022

Kora Is Life

FICTION PODCAST by David D. Levine in Issue 188 – May 2022

Hatching

FICTION PODCAST by Bo Balder in Issue 188 – May 2022

Wants Pawn Term

FICTION by Rich Larson in Issue 188 – May 2022

Red’s body is asleep in the protoplasmic muck, dreamless, when Mother’s cable wriggles down under the surface to find her. It pushes through the membrane of her neural stoma and pipes a cold tingling slurry inside. A sliver of Mother becomes Red, and Red       wakes             up! Synapses crackle; electric fireworks of thought and intention pinwheel […]

Tea Parties around Nebula-55

FICTION by Adriana C. Grigore in Issue 188 – May 2022

“Ava made mud pie!” “Yes, you did. Careful, don’t spill it.” People would never have guessed what a feat of engineering making mud on a spaceship was. Filter the air, make the water, grind dirt, add silt, scatter sand, and not the kind with glass in it. Make sure to divide it all up again […]

Hatching

FICTION by Bo Balder in Issue 188 – May 2022

The Official Summons buzzer jolted Alzey out of her hungover daze. This had to be the results of her hearing. Now that she’d signed herself out of therapy, normal adult duties would resume. Might as well hear the verdict right away. The computer voice reeled off her SSN, age, et cetera, all her identifiers, the […]

Kora Is Life

FICTION by David D. Levine in Issue 188 – May 2022

I banked into a climbing clockwise turn, my wing’s fabric snapping, my jet’s exhaust hot on my backside. A beautiful panorama of Shuwash Island spread out below me, black beaches and orange jungles rising from a white fringe of surf to the gray and treeless volcanic peaks. Beyond those peaks, across the sea, lay the […]

The Possibly Brief Life of Guang Hansheng

FICTION by Liang Qingsan, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 188 – May 2022

My discovery of Guang Hansheng was probably down to random chance, in the end. It was a rainy afternoon, and I was headed for the library, striding across wet asphalt and feeling dizzy. Inside they were hosting a quiet, desolate little exhibition—just a few exhibits and a drowsy admin under bright stage lighting. Of course, […]

A Manual on Different Options of How to Bring A Loved One to Life

FICTION by Oyedotun Damilola Muees in Issue 188 – May 2022

11. Join A Telegram Cyberware Group. Tutu arranged the meeting between Harafat and the haberdasher at the end of the clustering shops in Balogun Market. Harafat squeezed through the crowds as traders called out their wares. Several times, sweaty teenage boys asked if she was interested in a new phone. Harafat ignored them, walking into […]

Gamma

FICTION by Oskar Källner, translated by Gordon James Jones in Issue 188 – May 2022

Gamma stretched out through the quantum foam. Virtual photons and electrons tickled her subtime body. If she were to reduce her mass to pure quanta then, hypothetically speaking, she would be able to touch the entire universe at once. Practically speaking, she possessed barely enough energy for her subtime body to reach a diameter of […]

Dream Factory

FICTION PODCAST by Greg Egan in Issue 187 – April 2022

Two Spacesuits

FICTION PODCAST by Leonard Richardson in Issue 187 – April 2022

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