Off-Kilter Fiction

  • Nov/Dec 2018

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    December 15, 2022

    The Wolf Girl of Terezia

    By C Pam Zhang

    Come closer, now, to see her. Leave the switch—your eyes will adjust. See, there, the telltale curve of her spine, the way the pink neon FOXY LADY sign on the […]

  • Summer 2014

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    December 15, 2022

    Moon, Moon, My Honey

    By Kellie Wells

    My husband was in charge of the Nightly Improbable Joke, broadcast punctually every evening at 10:05 p.m., the world’s appetite for improbability peaking, he calculated, just before bedtime. One night […]

  • Winter 2005

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    December 15, 2022

    Riddle

    By Robert Coover

    It is the lieutenant’s first execution. Five men are to die by firing squad, and his company has drawn the assignment. He does not look forward to it, but he […]

  • Winter 2000

    Winter 2000 Cover
    December 15, 2022

    The Human Season

    By Christine Schutt

    Monday and Monday and Monday pass, all ragged-sky and midday-sun sameness, all closets and drawers she stares into. None of what once kept time works. Orlando! Her girl-self left home […]

  • Summer/Fall 1999

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    December 15, 2022

    Summer

    By Robert Dana

    Annihilating all that’s made To a green thought in a green shade. —Andrew Marvell, “The Garden” This is the summer of the black rose, the summer of Joseph’s Coat, Boy […]

  • Fall 1994

    Fall 1994 Cover
    December 15, 2022

    From Atlantis: Model 1924

    By Samuel R. Delany

    He sees an image of the bridge springing from a remote past and propelled upward, spiraling, arching the sky, casting its shadow down upon us and vanishing in space.        Horace […]

  • Winter 1984

    Winter 1984 Cover
    December 15, 2022

    The Little Ice Age

    By Susan Herbert

    Ribs Terrace Prepares for More of the Same The news isn’t good, is it. Sunspots, says Mr Wren, trade unions, increase in jet lag, Nostradamus. It makes him short of […]

  • Winter 1979

    Winter 1979 Cover
    December 15, 2022

    Summer

    By Julio Cortázar, translated by Clementine Rabassa

    From the Spanish.  In the late afternoon Florencio went down to the cabin with his little girl, taking the back road full of holes and loose stones that only Mariano […]

  • Spring 1960

    December 15, 2022

    Entropy

    By Thomas Pynchon

    Boris has just given me a summary of his views. He is a weather prophet. The weather will continue bad, he says. There will be more calamities, more death, more […]