FICTION

Starside Economy

A street stall seller finds himself at the center of an interplanetary business deal in Wang Nuonuo’s sci-fi short story

BOOKS

The Beasts Within

Yan Ge’s zoological thriller blurs the boundary between savagery and civilization

FICTION

Fiction: District Champ

Writer Ban Yu explores a clash of values in a northeastern factory town

BOOKS

Literary Youths

Five classic works of Chinese children’s literature

FICTION

Fiction: The Empty Room

The distance in an intimate relationship—a short story from our issue “High Steaks”

BOOKS

The People’s Price

Zhou Meisen’s popular novel tackles corruption and scandal at the heart of Chinese politics

FICTION

Fiction: The Trial

A novelist discovers the power of words over life and death—from our issue “Contagion”

BOOKS

Poet’s Peak

How verses by an obscure Tang hermit inspired an American countercultural movement

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Fiction: Convince Me

Short story from our issue, Grape Expectations

BOOKS

Monumental Memory

Yan Lianke’s memoir is a vivid meditation on life, death, and dignity in rural China

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