New story from Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine


Digging into our archives, we realized that we had not yet posted the short story from the March/April issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction . The story is entitled “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu. Liu is a computer programmer-turned-lawyer who lives up in Boston and obviously has learned how to exercise both sides of his brain with dexterity. This is a story of misunderstandings, magic, and most of all, love.

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  • Jyoti

    Oh, beautiful story. Left me in tears.

  • The moral of the story was always cherish you’re parents because you only have them for a limited time and people are a tempory gift in our lives.

  • Wonderful! One of the most powerful short stories I’ve read in a very long time. Though he is relatively new on the scene, I’ll be keeping a very close watch on Ken.

  • I’ve read a number of Ken’s stories over the last few months and have enjoyed them all, but this one is my favorite. It broke my heart.

    Brilliantly done.

  • Karen Potts

    Almost every American has an ancestor who came here from a foreign country. The immigrant wished to hold on to his past country and culture while the American-born family members wished to “blend in” and live in American ways. This story beautifully and poignantly demonstrates that syndrome. May we respect our past culture, heritage and ancestors as we continue to live in our family’s adopted country.

  • mattnnz

    A story written with soul. The magic was his birthright that he refused. Very profound. I am an immigrant far from home. I wonder if my children will understand me or their ancestors.

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