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, […]

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

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

Query: erotic chat @lelek7, m, 31, hip-hop Good evening, I am an instance gtrg.5i6.uihg.vbnrt, and I will be taking care of your satisfactory browsing experience. Gladly. What else can I do? Redirect: adult_content Query: porn @merk.ur, m, 24, student, snowboard Night shift again, I see. Being woken up like this doesn’t do me good. How […]

I'm Feeling Lucky

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

I'm Feeling Lucky

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

My sandwiches will soon appear on the kitchen shelf. Grandpa An doesn’t eat sandwiches because he has cancer. He has only a couple of months left to live. That’s what the doctor said in the corridor, and when I overheard it, I cried all evening long. This had been two winters ago, when I was […]

Embracing the Movement

FICTION PODCAST by Cristina Jurado, translated by Sue Burke in Issue 177 – June 2021

Spore

FICTION PODCAST by Tang Fei, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 176 – May 2021

Face Changing

FICTION by Jiang Bo, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 177 – June 2021

Xu Haifeng sat down at the desk and tapped a button. Large screens slowly rose to surround him, like a three hundred and sixty-degree theater. All kinds of data scrolled on the screens in a never-ending torrent. Xu waved his hand and the screens responded, scrolls coming and going. When the capital flowchart revolved before […]

Embracing the Movement

FICTION by Cristina Jurado in Issue 177 – June 2021

We are not so different, sister sojourner. Correct us if we are mistaken, but we are both creatures trying to survive under the most adverse circumstances, evading hazards, defying misfortune, and eluding death. We share more in common than you think. Yet we have never seen anything like you, a strange being from an equally […]

Spore

FICTION by Tang Fei, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 176 – May 2021

This is a small story, so don’t expect too much from it. The tale proceeds directly from beginning to end and wastes no time about it. Truth be told, I never thought the day would come I’d write it down. The first time I saw her, I didn’t think anything would happen. Nothing worthwhile ever […]

Catching the K Beast

FICTION PODCAST by Chen Qian, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan in Issue 175 – April 2021

Catching the K Beast

FICTION by Chen Qian, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan in Issue 175 – April 2021

July 9th, 2089 The beast-catching mission was off to a rocky start. Once our spaceship cut into Lamo’s planetary orbit, Old Liu and I sent down atmospheric sensors and language-recording equipment. The data they beamed back informed us that the atmosphere was breathable without mechanical assistance, that the locals were one hundred percent vegetarian, and […]

The Orbiting Guan Erye

FICTION PODCAST by Wang Zhenzhen, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan in Issue 174 – March 2021

The Orbiting Guan Erye

FICTION by Wang Zhenzhen, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan in Issue 174 – March 2021

“Old Liu, what do you say we keep a bird here in the space station?” I turned my head and asked, setting down my tablet. Old Liu’s full name was Liu Zixuan. He was three years older than me, the ranking officer in this humble little space station, commanding exactly one subordinate, one of the […]

Terra Rasa

FICTION PODCAST by Anastasia Bookreyeva, translated by Ray Nayler in Issue 173 – February 2021

Terra Rasa

FICTION by Anastasia Bookreyeva, translated by Ray Nayler in Issue 173 – February 2021

The train hurled along at such speed my ears kept popping. We rushed through Voronezh in minutes. More accurately—through what was left of Voronezh. Where there had been a river, there was an empty trough. The fire had burned away the flesh of humanity here and retreated—for a time. Back when trains went slower, I […]

No Way Back

FICTION PODCAST by Chi Hui, translated by John Chu in Issue 171 – December 2020

Niuniu

FICTION PODCAST by Baoshu, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 170 – November 2020

No Way Back

FICTION by Chi Hui, translated by John Chu in Issue 171 – December 2020

Master Hacker 11:30 a.m. knock, knock, knock. “Hey, Xuejiao, someone’s knocking at the door.” Aksha puts its paw on my face. “I know.” I roll over to my other side, pull the blanket over my head, and continue to dream happy dreams. knock, knock, knock. Aksha burrows out from under the blanket, stretches gracefully, and […]

Niuniu

FICTION by Baoshu, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 170 – November 2020

1 Dong Fang still clearly remembers the joyous love of that rainy night. It seemed quite bad at first. After three years of dating and two years of marriage, their formerly shy and sweet explorations had become routine business. Nevertheless, he was in the mood that night. At 11:00 p.m. he turned off the light […]

All Living Creation

FICTION PODCAST by Xiu Xinyu, translated by Elizabeth Hanlon in Issue 169 – October 2020

All Living Creation

FICTION by Xiu Xinyu, translated by Elizabeth Hanlon in Issue 169 – October 2020

[1] Lying in bed, I reaffirm to myself that all is well. In some corner of the world, there is not another me, forced into life, sold, kept as a pet, tortured out of spite, assigned to a dirty, dangerous task. There’s only me. It’s lonely, but it’s a reassuring loneliness. That night I can’t […]

The Book Reader

FICTION PODCAST by Keishi Kajifune, translated by Toshiya Kamei in Issue 168 – September 2020

The Book Reader

FICTION by Keishi Kajifune, translated by Toshiya Kamei in Issue 168 – September 2020

Outside the window, a large whale swims, or rather floats, in the clear, early-summer sky. As its disproportionately huge eyes turn toward me, the whale’s body becomes tinted eerily dark red, and its flesh starts dripping. I gaze around the white-walled physics classroom. The digital textbook remains open on my tablet, still showing today’s lesson. […]

The Plague

FICTION PODCAST by Yan Leisheng, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 167 – August 2020

The Plague

FICTION by Yan Leisheng, translated by Andy Dudak in Issue 167 – August 2020

I knew I was mad. It had to be so. No one would volunteer to do what I did. I wore a biohazard suit every day, sealed tight from head to foot, and it didn’t bother me at all. Actually, I was quite at ease suited up. A normal person wouldn’t be so calm. No […]
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