Yokohama’s Green Light Pledge bk68 art flower green light cherry blossom spring 1 wallpaper

Short story #4 “I wish to know all about you. You interest me very much.” “Is that so?…” A woman stares down from her balcony into the narrow alley below. There, stands a man. He’s craning his neck up to meet her gaze. Somewhere in the distance, to the south, lightning strikes and then echoes. … Read more

White Flame, Red Planet

Mars Short story - white flame, red planet Ryley Jake

Short story #3 The frost came. It settled into the desert floor, ice choking dust. Two companions trudged across a vast landscape. Glancing down at the thick-spectacle layer of ice, you could see straight through. The surface below burned red, but provided no heat. In the distance, mountain ranges signposted a path forward. Between the … Read more

The Best Ray Bradbury Short Stories (Ranked)

The Best Ray Bradbury short stories novels

“It is good to renew one’s wonder.” This is how Ray Bradbury opens The Martian Chronicles. And that’s exactly what makes his writing great—he renews that sense of wonder, a feeling that’s so easy to lose. Bradbury is best known for his novels, such as Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451 (which was … Read more

A Great Rain Dances on the End of the World

End Of The World

Short story #2 It was a wet November night when the story broke. A thin gasp rang out across every house in every town. The world inhaled, held its breath in unison. Exhaled. Then, silence. It’d been spotted. Seven years since The Great Rain started. And now, today, the end had been written. A full … Read more

Why I Love the Erhu (a Short History of the Instrument)

Illustrated man playing Erhu, starry backdrop

The erhu, often hailed the “Chinese violin”, is a two-stringed musical instrument originating from China. The “er” in erhu means two in Mandarin. It’s made from a soundbox—which can be hexagonal, octagonal, or circular in shape—connected to a long neck by two silk strings. These days, the strings are usually made of steel. The erhu’s … Read more

The Tangerine—a (Very) Short Story

A painting of a tangerine

Short story #1 Her name is not important. What’s important is how she walked: step versus step, feet drumming against uneven cobblestone, heels dashing anxiety onto the earth’s unforgiving surface. Above, the sky stared down at her through steely eyes—closed off, overcast, and unkind.  It was a cold day, yet sweat dripped down her back. … Read more

On Cognitive Estrangement, Science Fiction, and Ursula Le Guin!

The Dispossessed Cover by Ursula Le Guin (Man in front of space ship on crimson swirling background)

Today, I’m going to explore science fiction through one key concept, called cognitive estrangement, and one key work: Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed. But firstly, if you missed it, be sure to check out why you should read science fiction here. Ok, let’s learn some things! What is cognitive estrangement?  Cognitive estrangement is a term … Read more