Illustration of several people seated around a round table, looking up startled at a spotlight shining down on the center of the tabletop.

I Know Thy Works

By Tara Isabella Burton A story about a dinner party, an accident, AI, and the slipperiness of ethics.

Illustration of a person with long dark hair, wearing reflective virtual-reality goggles, popping a blue gummy candy into their mouth. The background is comprised of blue-green pastel rectangles irising into the distance.

Escape Worlds

By K Chess A story about video games, personalized media, and the futility of escape.

An idyllic English-style country manor in the distance. In the foreground, hedges form two concentric circles, with a foreboding black monolith at the center.

The Preschool

By Jonathan Parks-Ramage A story about brain-computer interfaces, privacy, and education.

An illustration of two people looking at one another in profile, one balding in a green shirt, one bald in a blue shirt. Between them is a vertical DNA strand.

Intangible Variation

By Meg Charlton A murder mystery about grief, epigenetics, and surfing.

A grid of colorful images of Bigfoot and evidence of the creature, including a muddy footprint, fur caught on a branch, a person looking through binoculars, and more.


By Torie Bosch A story about de-extincting a creature that (probably) never existed.

A giant footprint in the snow, seen from above. Inside the footprint, a person crouches, holding a flashlight or weapon.

A Lion Roars in Longyearbyen

By Margrét Helgadóttir A story about a holiday parade, a hunter, and a zoo full of lab-grown animals.

A colorful, distorted image of an aisle in a store, with boxes and bottles from shelves, plus a shopping cart, being sucked toward the background.

Universal Waste

By Palmer Holton A story about a small town, a murder, and a massive recycling plant.

The Myth of the 25-Year-Old Brain

Mobile Homes Have a Major Climate Change Problem

An illustration of two human figures sitting on the black keys of a giant piano, facing one another.


By Ysabelle Cheung A story about gender, companionship, and the inner lives of robots.