Fiction

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    SHORT STORY

    The Turnaround

    - In this story by Charlie Jane Anders, an augmented-reality time traveler learns that the only way to imagine a better future is to build one.
ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ
FICTION

Answer: A Story by Dagoberto Gilb

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. 

ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ
FICTION

Ribs, Muscle, Bone

Watching the dissolution of her parents’ relationship, a butcher’s daughter learns lessons about life and love in this short story from author Susan Straight. 

YEAR IN REVIEW

Alta’s Best Fiction 2019

Fiction came to the pages of Alta this summer. Our debut featured Peter Orner’s “Above Santa Cruz,” a story he included in his collection, Maggie Brown & Others. Our Fall 2019 issue featured “The Gnome,” a new story ...

ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ
FICTION

The Gnome

It started curled up in a little story I overheard: the one about being on drugs out in the woods and finding ...

ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ
FICTION

Above Santa Cruz

From the author of Maggie Brown & Others, a new short story involving a dilapidated mansion, Lizzie Borden, and a feeling of existential loneliness.

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