Alta Fiction 2020

In a year unlike any other, we published short stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Steph Cha, Philip K. Dick, Anita Felicelli, Dagoberto Gilb, Jonathan Lethem, and Susan Straight.

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Alta’s 2020 fiction invites us to lose ourselves in explosive passion, unexpected perspectives, and even time travel. Each engrossing story tackles its territory in new ways, from a young man confused by forbidden love to a pregnant woman terrified of the violence outside—and inside. Read Alta’s best fiction of 2020.

Time Invents Us
VICTOR JUHASZ

Anita Felicelli delivers her intense and engrossing tale of an artist in search of understanding and the mysterious man who seems to offer it.

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The Plagues
DAVID PALUMBO

A pregnant woman and her husband struggle to feel safe with riots outside and a gun in the house in this tense short story by acclaimed author Steph Cha.

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The Turnaround
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As present and future meld into one, author Charlie Jane Anders' augmented-reality time traveler learns that the only way to imagine a better future is to build one.

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Beyond the Door
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By Philip K. Dick

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I Am Trying to Describe Things I Don’t Understand
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By Jonathan Lethem

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Answer
ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ

Whether by fortune or doom or absolute devotion, a young man’s mad, burning love for a married woman is requited in this story from Dagoberto Gilb.

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Ribs, Muscle, Bone
a young girl distracts herself by drawing on butcher paper from her father's work
ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ

Watching the dissolution of her parents’ relationship, a butcher’s daughter learns lessons about life and love. Susan Straight's deeply personal short story is told from the perspective of an eight-year-old girl.

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