Us in Flux is a new series of short stories and virtual gatherings that explore themes of community, collaboration, and collective imagination in response to transformative events. Every other Thursday, we’ll publish a new, original piece of flash fiction with an interactive chat with the author and their special guests the following Monday at 4PM Eastern.
July 9: “The Wandering City,” by Usman Malik
July 23: A story by Ernest Hogan
August 6: A story by Ray Mwihaki
Us in Flux: Conversations—Usman Malik [Online] - MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 1:00 pm, Arizona time (4:00 pm Eastern) Register
Us in Flux: Conversations—Regina Kanyu Wang and Athena Aktipis [Video-Past Event] - MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 1:00 pm, Arizona time (4:00 pm Eastern) Register
“A Cyber-Cuscuta Manifesto” by Regina Kanyu Wang - A story about big data, emerging life forms, and a plea for coexistence.
“Notice” by Sarah Pinsker - A tale of unanticipated mail and the limits of self-reliance.
“Fourth and Most Important” by Nisi Shawl - A tale of coded messages, clandestine drone deliveries, and surprising alliances.
The Art of Us in Flux: An Interview with Nina Miller - A conversation about art that visualizes the future, creative expression in moments of crisis, and how art can be a path into fictional worlds.
“Skating Without Streetlights” by Tina Connolly - A story about virtual reality, friendship, and the unexpected benefits of impersonation.
“A Room of One’s Own” by Tochi Onyebuchi - A tale of quantum entanglement and self-care.
“When We Call a Place Home” by Chinelo Onwualu - A utopian tale of historical memory, the dangers of forgetting…and vampires.
“An Attempt at Exhausting My Deck” by Kij Johnson - A short story about backyard ecology, interspecies communities, careful observation, and solitude without loneliness.
“The Parable of the Tares” by Christopher Rowe - A short story about food, monoculture, and communities that draw together the human and nonhuman.