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This episode features "Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird" written by Eric Schwitzgebel. Published in the April 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. The text version of this story can be found at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/schwitzgebel_04_19 Support us on Patreon at http://patreon.com/clarkesworld
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Him Alone in the darkness, he counts the tick-tocks. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve . . . There are sixty seconds in a minute. His thumb slides from the tip of his index finger to the second knuckle. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve . . . There are sixty minutes in an hour. He [...]
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This episode features "Tick-Tock" written by Xia Jia. Originally published in Chinese SF Comet. Published in the May 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. The text version of this story can be found at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/xia_05_19 Support us on Patreon at http://patreon.com/clarkesworld
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I lost my favorite fingers as I was walking to the library. Spotting it first from the corner of my eye, I glanced down. A gasp seized up in my throat. Instead of the long, beautiful, expertly manicured prosthetics that Sonya made me, there were ten empty nubs. And the grief I’d been carrying these [...]
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The train tracks slashed across the wetlands like a stitched wound, and to Meneja, the sun’s red light pooling on the marsh looked like congealing blood. “We’ll be there soon,” said her attendant. Meneja couldn’t remember this one’s name—she thought of the woman as Hatchet, because of her sharp edges. Like one of the white herons [...]
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A stack of pamphlets. A fall to the floor. Then nothing. 6 A spherical object with a four-inch diameter moves through space, a scattering of stars in the background. Switches flip, pieces click into place, and an electric blue light in a chip the size of a pinky nail begins to glow. You wake up. You’re driving a [...]
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Once, a woman loved a man, and a man loved a woman. They lived in a forest, in a small stone-gray hut, set far enough back from a river to escape the seasonal floods. Every day, they woke on a too-soft mattress and turned their faces to each other before they opened their eyes. Her smile [...]
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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 daughter, [...]
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Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are classic novels that can be reasonably placed in many different areas of the library. They contain within their pages romance, mystery, coming of age stories, and morality tales. They could also belong in the speculative fiction section, due to their reliance on supernatural elements in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre [...]
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Mixing archeology and mystery with science fiction makes for a heady and addictive reading experience. Jack McDevitt’s latest entry into his Alex Benedict series of novels, Octavia Gone, starts when an artifact goes missing from Gabe’s collection which leads the group to investigate the strange disappearance of a group of scientists from a space station [...]
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