Yesterday's Wolf

FICTION by Ray Nayler in Issue 180 – September 2021

They found the torn lamb in the gold spring grass, beside the gravel road. The flies had found it first. But the flies were still lazy and slow. Later in the season, when they found a feast like this, you would be able to hear them buzzing from a distance. Elmira watched her brother Taalay […]

Yesterday's Wolf

FICTION PODCAST by Ray Nayler in Issue 180 – September 2021

It is a Pleasure to Receive You

FICTION by Ziggy Schutz in Issue 180 – September 2021

If one wants to feel small, all one has to do is look up at the sky on a clear night. There is something about the stretch of the horizon, about the distance between you and each bright spark, numbers that feel so large as to be nearly impossible summed up in a simple gesture. […]

Xiaolongbao: Soup Dumplings

FICTION by D.A. Xiaolin Spires in Issue 180 – September 2021

The sky swelled with vermilion. Each step that I took toward the rosy jade grove, the redder and denser it got. It looked like the sky soaked itself into my mom’s old lipstick. I stood paralyzed for a moment by the thought of her lips, moving in her signature hushed way, reading to me, about […]

Dog and Pony Show

FICTION by Robert Jeschonek in Issue 180 – September 2021

People say the needles of a dog are a boy’s best friend, and I believe them. I mean, the nozzles are okay too, and I shiver with delight when they unfold from my dog Wazoo’s gleaming carapace. I love when they spray the green gas that makes me work harder, or the purple gas that […]

The Winter Garden

FICTION by Regina Kanyu Wang, translated by Emily Jin in Issue 180 – September 2021

The transition was much easier than I had imagined. Standing by the console, I set the parameters following my usual observation procedure. I had memorized the numbers when Jin first mentioned them, and I double-checked his experiment records, just to make sure. I rotated the security knob counterclockwise, punched in the password number by number, […]

In a Net I Seek to Hold the Wind

FICTION by Gregory Feeley in Issue 180 – September 2021

For this was Galatea made: the rock from which we cast our line into the depths. Presenting its same face—a lover’s unwavering gaze—to swirling Neptune, it circles that world at a pace just slower than Neptune’s own spin, diffident yet faithful. A mass of planetary debris compressed by gravity, the tiny moon almost asked to […]

An Instance

FICTION PODCAST by Mlok 5, translated by Julie Nováková in Issue 179 – August 2021

The Serpentine Band

FICTION PODCAST by Congyun 'Mu Ming' Gu, translated by Tian Huang in Issue 179 – August 2021

Candide; Life-

FICTION PODCAST by Beth Goder in Issue 179 – August 2021

Candide; Life-

FICTION by Beth Goder in Issue 179 – August 2021

Seva is waiting for Jal in the eggnog eatery where they had their first date. A moving rainbow of eggnog mini-cups streams past on a conveyor belt. She grabs a birthday cake nog, removing the cup from underneath the safety dome. The aroma triggers an access request in her microenvironment, which she grants. The smell […]

A Thousand Tiny Gods

FICTION by Nadia Afifi in Issue 179 – August 2021

The minister’s wife arrives at the Bahrain Ministry of Nanotechnology in a black limousine with dark, tinted windows. She normally eschews the hijab, but today, she’s wrapped in a black abaya with a full face covering, a useful method of concealing her identity without drawing attention from those who would question her presence here, of […]

The Clock, Having Seen Its Face in the Mirror, Still Knows Not the Hour

FICTION by Adam Stemple in Issue 179 – August 2021

The market was crowded, and judging by the way the child waited for their parents’ attention to be engaged by a hawker before rushing over to me, they’d been given explicit instructions to stay at their mother’s side. But they were at that age where curiosity was a wild horse that no fence—whether built of […]

The Serpentine Band

FICTION by Congyun 'Mu Ming' Gu, translated by Tian Huang in Issue 179 – August 2021

“My little girl once had a serpentine band that had scenes of red cliffs and white water carved onto it. Whenever she held it as she slept, she would dream of entering that world.” —Excerpt from “Notes about Yushan,” written in the early seventeenth century Prelude The water is not all that cold. It has […]

A Heist in Fifteen Products from the Orion Spur's Longest-Running Catalog

FICTION by Andrea M. Pawley in Issue 179 – August 2021

The Aficionado’s Personal-Use Fabricator This is the customized fabricator that uses Safe-Nuke technology to deconstruct molecules before rebuilding them according to plans available through the Tollnacher Stimmacher catalog. With The Aficionado’s Personal-Use Fabricator and uncontrolled access to all the plans in the catalog, I can make everything I require to free Mom from prison. Tollnacher […]

An Instance

FICTION by Mlok 5, translated by Julie Nováková in Issue 179 – August 2021

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Resistance in a Drop of DNA

FICTION by Andrea Kriz in Issue 179 – August 2021

You thought he’d be standing by the window, hands behind his back, looking out at the tortuous streets of Lyon like some kind of general. Instead, he’s sitting at a desk, half-buried in books. Your contact introduces him as the Professor. You tear open your jacket lining to extract the envelope, containing millions of francs […]

Last Nice Day

FICTION PODCAST by Rich Larson in Issue 178 – July 2021

The Falling

FICTION PODCAST by M V Melcer in Issue 178 – July 2021

I'm Feeling Lucky

FICTION PODCAST by Leonid Kaganov, translated by Alex Shvartsman in Issue 178 – July 2021

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