Our annual fund drive is underway! We're aiming to raise $15,000 to fund Strange Horizons in 2017, and a bit more than that for some special projects. You can make a one-time donation via PayPal or NetworkForGood, or support on an ongoing basis via Patreon—all donors are entered into our prize draw, and various other rewards are also available (and in the US your donations are tax-deductible). As an additional thank-you to donors, as we raise money we're publishing extra material from our fund drive special issue. We've just published Aishwarya Subramanian's interview with Garth Nix, and when we reach $7,500 we'll publish new poems by Margaret Wack and Karin Lowachee!

Special Patreon goal! In addition to the main fund drive special, if our Patreon reaches 300 supporters, as a preview of Samovar, we will publish Lawrence Schimel's translation of "Terpsichore", a story by Argentinian writer Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría. Read a bit more about it here.


26 September 2016

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ARTICLE: Terraforming and Geoengineering in Science Fiction, by Chris Pak

Terraforming narratives incorporate reflections on sustainability and, further, lead us to reflect on the meaning of nature, culture and the environment in ways that prompt us to begin the first steps to reconceptualising our relationship to a nature that has interlocking global and local implications and effects.

ARTICLE: This Is a Real Place, Even Though It's Invented: An Interview with Garth Nix, by Aishwarya Subramanian

Introducing Ferin in Goldenhand was definitely in response to the conversation that has been ongoing in YA literature circles: we do need more diversity. How to do it can be tricky, of course, because there are issues of cultural appropriation as well to be avoided.

POETRY: little stomach, by Charlotte Geater

i am not interested in homosexuality. /there should have been a warning.

POETRY: Podcast: September Poetry, by Sara Norja, Ahimaz Rajessh, Gillian Daniels, and Charlotte Geater, read by Romie Stott and Ciro Faienza

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents poetry from the September issues.

COLUMN: Marginalia: Skin Readings, by Vajra Chandrasekera

Many of us, as writers of the fantastic, begin with (and return to, again and again) the skin.

EDITORIAL: Introducing sub-Q, by Tory Hoke

By partnering twice a year with sub-Q, SH will bring new eyeballs to interactive fiction, new voices to its pages, and emotional, unforgettable, revolutionary stories to your screen.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Summerlong by Peter S Beagle, reviewed by Stephen Case
Wednesday: A Flying Jatt, reviewed by Samira Nadkarni
Friday: Meeting Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan, reviewed by C.S. Bhagya

19 September 2016

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FICTION: Heroes, by Lavie Tidhar

Sometimes it feels to Spit as though she’s stuck here, in time; that it’s always bloody Berlin, and it’s always 1987.

FICTION: Dido, Retold, by A. T. Greenblatt

The crack in the ground is half-hidden by stray rubbish and forgotten underwear, fallen from the clotheslines above. It's two handspans long and infinitely deep, and from within the fissure a cold, pitiless light rises up and illuminates the courtyard with unforgiving clarity.

FICTION: Podcast: Heroes, by Lavie Tidhar, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Lavie Tidhar's "Heroes."

POETRY: Athena and Yeshua, by Gillian Daniels

when to offer wine (My blood) /and bread (My body).

EDITORIAL: Introducing Samovar, by Sarah Dodd, Laura Friis, Helen Marshall, and Greg West

Our plan is to publish respectful English-language translations of speculative fiction stories from around the world alongside the originals, and to provide readers with a closer view of different traditions through podcasts, reviews, interviews, and articles.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Hwarhath Stories by Eleanor Arnason, reviewed by Kelly Jennings
Wednesday: Stranger Things, reviewed by Richard Cooper
Friday: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, reviewed by Catherine Rockwood

12 September 2016

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FICTION: Dragon-Smoked Barbeque, by M. K. Hutchins

Grandpa had won Tastiest Ribs at the BBQ Showdown for fifteen years running, and I wasn't about to let him down now.

FICTION: Podcast: Dragon-Smoked Barbeque, by M. K. Hutchins, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents M. K. Hutchins's "Dragon-Smoked Barbeque."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: K. C. Garza, by Tory Hoke

Freelance is what I've always wanted to do though, so when I got laid off from my full-time, I sort of resolved to making it work.

POETRY: Sharing Bites, by Ahimaz Rajessh

And remember this is biting / bit by bit at bitterness.

POETRY: Passing Fair, by Shweta Narayan

Late at night / we'll wonder if our wish was worth the aches

POETRY: Million-Year Elegies: Oviraptor, by Ada Hoffmann

Maybe I ate you after all, / my egg, my tiny everything

EDITORIAL: Fund Drive 2016, by Niall Harrison

It's your donations that enable us to pay our contributors and to keep publishing each week.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: I Am No One by Patrick Flanery, reviewed by Nina Allan
Wednesday: Job Simulator, reviewed by Iori Kusano
Friday: Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip, reviewed by Gautam Bhatia
Fund Drive: Apocalypse: An Epic Poem by Frederick Turner, reviewed by Adam Roberts

5 September 2016

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FICTION: Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Longitudes, by Vajra Chandrasekera

There is a hidden transcript, and one of its secrets is this: try to unforget World War Zero.

FICTION: Podcast: Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Longitudes, by Vajra Chandrasekera, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Vajra Chandrasekera's "Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Longitudes."

POETRY: Taboo, by Sara Norja

It's nothing like our courtship / in the cold season.

COLUMN: Matrilines: Miyabe Miyuki: The Ethics of Alternate Realities, by Kari Sperring

I should not need to write about Miyabe Miyuki.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen
Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, reviewed by Katy Armstrong
Friday: Twelve Tomorrows edited by Bruce Sterling, reviewed by Z. Irene Ying

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