The Fisherwoman

Philip Charter
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An Apology from the Natives of Earth

Jon Lasser
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The Smallest Atom in the World

Melissa Yuan-Innes
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Exhibit E

L. P. Melling
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The First and Last Concert of Avalonia Jemison’s Peace Lily

In  by December 29, 2023
Avalonia Jemison walks into the Plaza restaurant only a day before the event, wearing the brisk confidence usually reserved for politicians and the like, but the midseventies retiree carries it better than most. This is impressive when considering she’s also carrying the potted houseplant I’m here to interview. She places the plant on the barstool […]

Pity the Squonk

In  by December 15, 2023
The range of the squonk is very limited.—William T. Cox, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods The woods were my sanctuary, my cathedral, and goodness knows I needed a refuge that spring. Every day brought more bad news: the hottest April on record, the worst flooding since Hurricane Agnes, unprecedented tree die-offs. A forest ranger could […]

Snail Tank

In  by December 1, 2023
The restaurant was blue, like the whole place had been doused in artificial water, and Noma didn’t like it. She clutched her purse as she followed the hostess, nodded to the staff as she passed. The CEO was in the back room surrounded by fish tanks: three giant panels that held back corals, eels, and […]

Martian Blue

In  by November 18, 2023
“I could have had it all once, you know,” she said, between sips of Martian Blue. “The big house back on Mars, the private shuttle, luxury apartments on Titan and Europa, all of it, the whole package. I could have been living the dream.” I laughed, took a big swig of Enceladusian Red, and wiped […]

Drawing the Line

In  by November 3, 2023
Yevgeny cursed under his breath. Philippa smiled. “Things not going to plan?” the elderly woman asked. “Things never go to plan.” He held up a mangled piece of aluminum alloy. “I’ll need to take this back to the shop and try to use it as a pattern to machine a new one.” He held it […]

The Prairie School

In  by October 27, 2023
It’s all … lines. Penny lowers her sketchbook and looks at her campfire. It flickers, catching the breeze. She looks back at her sketchbook. Lines. Lots of lines. A visual emphasis on the horizontal, intercut with organic motifs. Plans for off-grid, solar-powered tiny homes. Built from an architect’s perspective. She flips through old pages, old […]

The Sand Ship Builders of Chitungwiza

In  by October 20, 2023
The sound of the men and women working outside snatched him from that surreal world between a dream and reality. Muchenjeri could not sit up unaided; the last time he had been able to do that, he reflected, everything else in his world worked too. Ten years ago. He had been on a visit to […]

Catastrophizing

In  by October 6, 2023
It isn’t always the water that frightens me. When the floods lap below George IV Bridge, the Old Town drowning beneath a surging tide of brownish green, I find the water itself quite beautiful, in a majestic sort of way. What scares me is the waste the water leaves behind. The sea salt that settles […]

Returnal

In  by September 22, 2023
It’s March again, and with the drizzling grey comes the thirty-fifth anniversary of the return of our vessel, the Pursuant. I’ve grown old in the years since, and as I gaze out my window at a world caught between the death of winter and the renewal of spring, it feels important to write down some […]

A Lot Full of Weeds

In  by September 8, 2023
Sometimes, especially days the air was easy to breathe, I liked to walk all the way down to Golden Gate Park, wander through the trees, maybe get a taco, watch the waves at Ocean Beach, or the roller skaters down by Fulton. Maybe just sit on the playground swings and listen to the birds and […]
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