What South Asian Sci-Fi Can Tell Us About Our World

My first encounter with a work of desi science fiction was very much by accident. During my undergraduate studies at the Department of English at Karachi University, while idly browsing through a professor’s personal collection on her desk, I came across Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s “Sultana’s Dream,” an English-language short story set in a feminist […]

tragedy of the sugarcane ghost

the old man doesn’t recognize me because i am wearing his son’s face. it is a mask that looks just like his, but without the wrinkles and yellow teeth. the old man had wanted me to fade into oblivion, for alma to lose me forever. my grave had become a parking lot. but i slipped […]

You’ll Understand When You’re a Mom Someday

Annalise dies in the bathtub. The baby screaming. Her husband panicking. The doula calling 911 on a cellphone smeared with red. Lacy clouds of blood surround her. Her eyes are glassy, tear tracks leaking down her cheeks.  By the time the ambulance arrives, Annalise is breathing again. There is blood in a vast circle around […]

Evelina, My Tentacles!

February 20th My dearest Evelina, I hope this letter finds you well. I hope this letter finds you. However you are, I wish these words find you. What am I supposed to say now that we are so far apart? I would like to lie to you and say that I am looking forward to […]

Nine-Tailed Heart

I visit the city gardens at my therapist’s suggestion to break from routine, to get out of the apartment and away from the memories. He thinks it would be good to revisit the things I enjoyed before, things that would remind me of the person I had been. He doesn’t say he’s disappointed in the […]

Author Interview: Cynthia Zhang

As a special treat, we are thrilled to share an interview with Cynthia Zhang about their book After the Dragons. This gorgeous novel explores identity, climate change, immigration, and the things we owe ourselves, our loved ones, and the world around us. It’s out from Stelliform Press on August 19; read an excerpt in this […]

Excerpt: After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang

The thing they do not tell you about Beijing, Eli realizes three days into his internship with Peking University, is the way people stare. The other shocks — the toilets, the dryness, the smog—those he had expected, had been prepared for. Had been warned about a dozen times before in brochures and on blogs, by […]

Cultureship

“And these,” I say, motioning to the stack of metal discs on Pan’s booth, “are coins. Earth’s economy is entirely based upon the transmutation of coins.” “How so?” Ro asks, flashing his beautifully wrinkled smile. The moment that Ro arrived at our tent this morning, I decided that he was a man. As far as […]