Fiction

Melting Men (detail), Nele Azevedo

Waking

July 3, 2014

Illustration: “Melting Men” (detail), by Nele Azevedo We held hands in my dream, in the waking sleepwalk I call living. We held hands and you explained the lightness in your touch — you were dead. It seemed so natural, I accepted it. I said, of course. You were dead and I was sleepwalking. We loved […]

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#KrakenEvent

June 26, 2014

It was a sparkling morning in Bristol, in the United Kingdom, when a series of eyewitness social-media postings announced the end of the world. Was it a giant cephalopod? A flying saucer? The chatter and retweets put a funhouse spin on the spreading confusion, but the flames and destruction are decidedly non-virtual.

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Towards

June 20, 2014

Art: Paleolithic steppe bison, Cave of Altamira, Spain. It was only when the third sun rose and the heat became unbearable that she stopped. As the ritual of sun set began, she crawled from under the grasses and climbed onto her bison — map in one hand, mane in the other. She would ride to […]

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Extractions

June 13, 2014

The full body scan announced cancer in her lower left quadrant. She took the handheld and found the almost imperceptible node deep in her shin. The last one had been in her knee and her thigh before that. Distractedly, she switched the handheld to extraction and felt the node lift toward her skin until she […]

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Hopscotch

May 30, 2014

Leona Lee and Yun Yoo drew a hopscotch course on their sidewalk. Leona offered, “Why not double it?” Yun countered, “Triple!” They drew around their block and, as they were pointed that way, they continued north, through Canada, turning at Alaska. They made friends with whales who helped them cross the Bering Sea and created […]

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Sleeping Beauty

May 23, 2014

After 551 years she woke to the earthy pungence. She shook her long, dark hair, stretched her limbs and tried to walk, following the scent. Her embroidered gown and simple headdress stood out, and the tall buildings and paved roads showed her how much had changed. Her sister flew, her brother fought. She could sleep—through […]

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