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Story of the Week: February 21

Iron Feliks

By Anatoly Belilovsky

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2521 words (10 minutes)

Russia’s recent past may be a bit different than you remember in this week’s featured story by Anatoly Belilovsky. Anatoly learned English from Star Trek reruns and went on to become a pediatrician in an area of New York where English is only the fourth most commonly used language. His original and translated work has appeared in NATURE, F&SF, Daily Science Fiction, and many other fine publications.

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4549 words (17 minutes) · 3 likes

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988 words (4 minutes) · 6 likes

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5018 words (19 minutes) · 5 likes

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