Perfect Gun

FICTION PODCAST by Elizabeth Bear in Issue 158 – November 2019

Perfect Gun

REPRINT FICTION by Elizabeth Bear in Issue 158 – November 2019

She had 36DD turrets and a 26-inch titanium alloy hull with carbon-ceramic plating. Double-barrel exhaust and a sleek underbelly. Her lines were magnificent. I had to stop myself from staring. I wanted to run my hand along her curves. I turned away, spat in the dust not too far from the dealer’s feet, and shrugged. […]

Two Sisters in Exile

REPRINT FICTION by Aliette de Bodard in Issue 153 – June 2019

In spite of her name (an elegant, whimsical female name which meant Perfumed Winter, and a reference to a long-dead poet), Nguyen Dong Huong was a warrior, first and foremost. She’d spent her entire life in skirmishes against the pale men, the feathered clans, and the dream-skinners: her first ship, The Tiger Lashes with His […]

Bad Day on Boscobel

REPRINT FICTION by Alexander Jablokov in Issue 152 – May 2019

Dunya stopped just outside Phineus’ unit to calm herself down. Otherwise she would burst in and start screaming at him. That was no way to start a check-in meeting with one of her refugees. That gave her a chance to realize that she looked like hell. She’d already had one fight that morning, with her […]

Confessions of a Con Girl

REPRINT FICTION by Nick Wolven in Issue 151 – April 2019

Senior Thesis submitted to the Department of English, —— University, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts August 22, 20— By: Sophie Lee The first thing to say, at the outset of my narrative, is it was not according to my own wishes to write this senior paper. The […]

Digging

FICTION PODCAST by Ian McDonald in Issue 149 – February 2019

Mother Tongues

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

26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss

REPRINT FICTION by Kij Johnson in Issue 150 – March 2019

1. Aimee’s big trick is that she makes 26 monkeys vanish on stage. 2. She pushes out a claw-foot bathtub and asks audience members to come up and inspect it. The people climb in and look underneath, touch the white enamel, run their hands along the little lion’s feet. When they’re done, four chains are […]

The Future is Blue

REPRINT FICTION by Catherynne M. Valente in Issue 150 – March 2019

1. NIHILIST My name is Tetley Abednego and I am the most hated girl in Garbagetown. I am nineteen years old. I live alone in Candle Hole, where I was born, and have no friends except for a deformed gannet bird I’ve named Grape Crush and a motherless elephant seal cub I’ve named Big Bargains, […]

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 […]

Digging

REPRINT FICTION by Ian McDonald in Issue 149 – February 2019

Tash was wise to the ways of wind. She knew its many musics: sometimes like a flute across the pipes and tubes; sometimes a snare-drum rattle in the guy-lines and cable stays or again, a death drone-moan from the turbine gantries and a scream of sand past the irised-shut windows when the equinox dust storms […]

Left to Take the Lead

REPRINT FICTION by Marissa Lingen in Issue 148 – January 2019

The day I found out my Uncle Will was still alive, I had been out spraying the crops in a full crinkly hazmat suit. The Earthers I was working for were nice people, but they always whined about the suits. To me they seemed light and airy, hardly even an annoyance compared to a vacuum […]

They Have All One Breath

REPRINT FICTION by Karl Bunker in Issue 148 – January 2019

A passing streetcar noticed me on the sidewalk. It slowed to a stop, opening its door and dinging its bell to invite me on board. I ignored it, preferring to walk. It was hours before dawn, early to be heading home by the standards of some, but I’d had enough club-hopping for one night. My […]

Two-Year Man

FICTION PODCAST by Kelly Robson in Issue 147 – December 2018

Two-Year Man

REPRINT FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 147 – December 2018

Getting the baby through security was easy. Mikkel had been smuggling food out of the lab for years. He’d long since learned how to trick the guards. Mikkel had never been smart, but the guards were four-year men and that meant they were lazy. If he put something good at the top of his lunch […]

Death on Mars

FICTION PODCAST by Madeline Ashby in Issue 146 – November 2018

Death on Mars

REPRINT FICTION by Madeline Ashby in Issue 146 – November 2018

“Is he still on schedule?” Donna’s hand spidered across the tactical array. She pinched and threw a map into Khalidah’s lenses. Marshall’s tug glowed there, spiraling ever closer to its target. Khalidah caught herself missing baseball. She squashed the sentiment immediately. It wasn’t really the sport she missed, she reminded herself. She just missed her […]

A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World

REPRINT FICTION by A.C. Wise in Issue 146 – November 2018

June 21, 2232—Svalbard The twenty-first of June, the Summer Solstice, the longest day and the shortest night. That means less here at the top of the world where, in this season, we have sunlight twenty-four hours a day. But it seemed like an appropriate day to start this project nonetheless. In just over a week, […]

In Everlasting Wisdom

REPRINT FICTION by Aliette de Bodard in Issue 145 – October 2018

The path to enlightenment is through obedience to wisdom, and who is wiser than the Everlasting Emperor? It’s the words that keep Ai Thi going, day after day—the ceaseless flow of wisdom from the appeaser within her, reminders that the Everlasting Emperor loves her and her sacrifice—that she’s doing her duty, day after day, making […]

The Falls: A Luna Story

REPRINT FICTION by Ian McDonald in Issue 145 – October 2018

My daughter fell from the top of the world. She tripped, she gripped, she slipped, and she fell. Into three kilometers of open air. I have a desk. Everyone on the atmospheric entry project thinks it’s the quaintest thing. They can’t understand it. Look at the space it takes up! And it attracts stuff. Junk. […]
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