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Hal Y. Zhang

Hal Y. Zhang writes science, fiction, and science fiction, in no particular order.

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Hal Y. Zhang is a lapsed physicist who splits her time between the east coast of the United States and the Internet. Her short stories are in or forthcoming from Uncanny Magazine, Future Tense, Strange Horizons, and Fireside. She has a women-with-sharp-things collection Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms (Aqueduct Press).

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Featured October 23, 2020

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The Specular Boy

Published Oct 22, 2020 · 4,455 words (17 minutes) · 3 likes · 143 views

Fantasy Science Fiction

Identical twins Eduardo and Fernando mirror one another’s every movement and sensation, and scream in pain when separated. Their mother searches for answers: can one soul live in two bodies?

Author Hal Y. Zhang is a former physicist who splits her time between the U.S. East Coast and the internet. Her work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Fireside, and her chapbook HARD MOTHER, SPIDER MOTHER, SOFT MOTHER is now available as part of Radix Media’s FUTURE science fiction series.

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Newborn twins feet

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Excerpt from Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother

Published Apr 10, 2020 · 1,274 words (5 minutes) · 208 views

Science Fiction

Ellery thought she knew her mother, until she didn't.

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Rosetiles
Featured April 16, 2020

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Cast Off Tight

Published Apr 10, 2020 · 3,178 words (12 minutes) · 3 likes · 330 views

Science Fiction

For a hundred days he avoids her unfinished knitting, one of the last things she touched before she died. But the moment he touches the needles, he hears the unmistakable sound of her laughter, and now he’ll stop at nothing to finish what she started.

Author Hal Y. Zhang’s stories and poetry have appeared in Fireside Fiction, Nature Futures, Liminality, and more. Her literary-meets-science-fiction chapbook HARD MOTHER, SPIDER MOTHER, SOFT MOTHER is available now from Radix Media.

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Gray Yarn Skeins

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Do you love me more than the stars?

Published May 20, 2019 · 1,398 words (6 minutes) · 358 views

Fantasy

An astronomer ponders her celestial love.

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I took this shot in a middle of “the vallée des merveilles” in the south Alps. I couldn’t see anything neither hear a single sound, everything was so quiet and so dark. But gradually I started to hear a breath, a whisper. And I think for the first time in my life I heard the stars sing.

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Peripheral #13

Published Mar 22, 2019 · 100 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 420 views

Science Fiction flash fiction micro fiction

Are you oriented? A tiny simulated story.

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Swallow

Published Mar 7, 2019 · 99 words (1 minute) · 385 views

Fantasy Magical Realism poetry

My first published poem. Food, reincarnation, mothers and daughters.

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Dry me Sun, the water was cold!

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Seraphima

Published Mar 5, 2019 · 160 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 401 views

Fantasy poetry

A Rhysling-nominated poem about growing wings—at a dark price.

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Jurassic Jaws Jones

Published Feb 26, 2019 · 874 words (4 minutes) · 433 views

Humor Science Fiction artificial intelligence near-future

So you want to be an actor, huh?

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