• “Sonnet 20: From Nikola Tesla’s Clockwork Assistant to Thomas Edison’s Automaton” — Mythic Delirium, issue 27, November 15, 2012 (read).
  • “Mother, I Always Knew It Was You” — Scape, January 2012 (read).
  • “Seven Haikus by Ye Xian” — Scape, January 2012 (read).
  • “The Mesozoic Tour Guide” — Strange Horizons, July 11, 2011 (read).


  • “Hand-Knit Sweater,” Guernica, June 22, 2020, in which I tell a story about how a sweater made by my grandmother changed the way I think about love. The essay is part of the magazine’s “Fashion in Isolation” issue.
  • “Messages on the Moon From a World Turned Upside Down,” The New York Times, July 14, 2019, in which I reflect on the meaning of the Apollo missions, entangled as they were inextricably with terrestrial politics (read).
  • “Staying human in the cataclysm” (part of the six-author essay-series on “Science fiction when the future is now”), Nature, December 20, 2017 (read).
  • “Manipulable Geometry: The Mathematics of Paper-Folding,”, March 7, 2016 (read).
  • “Let’s Write a Story Together, MacBook.” Clarkesworld, January 1, 2015 (read).
  • “It’s Good To Be Lazy and Foolish.” Clarkesworld, May 1, 2015 (read).
  • “The ‘Heroic Translators’ Who Reinvented Classic Science Fiction In China.” io9, April 10, 2015 (read).
  • “Selling Short Fiction Translations.” The SFWA Bulletin, Summer 2014 (Issue 205).
  • “China Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction.” Clarkesworld, December 2014 (read).
  • “A Second Bite at the Apple: Termination Rights for Writers.” The SFWA Blog, August 31, 2013 (read).
  • “Gathered in Translation.” Clarkesworld, April 2013 (read).
  • “The DMCA Takedown Notice Demystified.” The SFWA Blog, March 6, 2013 (read).
  • “The Benefits of Copyright Registration.” The SFWA Blog, February 11, 2013 (read).
  • “When Ebooks Are the Only Books.” LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community, Volume 21, Numbers 3-4, 2010 , pp. 123-132.
  • “Forbidden Works: The ‘free speech’ rights of secondary authors.” LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community, Volume 20, Numbers 1-4, 2009, pp. 110-123.
    • Reprinted by, May 28, 2011 (read).


  • “Staying Sensitive in the Crowd: A Conversation with Chen Qiufan,” Clarkesworld, March 2015 (read).
  • “The Spurred Storyteller: A Conversation With Tang Fei,” Clarkesworld, February 2015 (read).
  • “Exploring the Frontier: A Conversation with Xia Jia,” Clarkesworld, January 2015 (read).