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27 October 2014

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FICTION: Because I Prayed This Word, by Alex Dally MacFarlane

I saw a city, Perrette longs to say. The most incredible city. I want to step under its gleaming gold roofs and I want you to step alongside me—

FICTION: Podcast: Because I Prayed This Word, by Alex Dally MacFarlane, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Alex Dally MacFarlane's "Because I Prayed This Word."

ARTICLE: Enchanting Places: Readers and Pilgrimage in the Novels of Diana Wynne Jones, by Catherine Butler

Readers have always been fascinated by the relationship between writers and the places that are important to them.

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club: Ombria in Shadow, by David Hebblethwaite, Erin Horáková, Chris Kammerud, and Audrey Taylor

Welcome to the first instalment of the Strange Horizons book club! On the fourth Monday of each month, we'll be posting a round-table discussion about a speculative work (or work of interest to readers of SF), and we invite you join us for further conversation in the comments. This month we're discussing Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip.

POETRY: Incendiaries, by Jane Crowley

the window closed, the sheets too close

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Echopraxia by Peter Watts, reviewed by Matt Hilliard
Wednesday: Academic Exercises by K. J. Parker, reviewed by Katherine Farmar
Friday: Tyrannia and Other Renditions by Alan DeNiro, reviewed by L. Timmel Duchamp


20 October 2014

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FICTION: Dream Cakes, by Kelly Jennings

The recipe was never the same twice. Often Ella was not precisely aware of what she mixed into the cakes. Oh, rice flour, certainly. Well-beaten egg. Coconut milk. Honey. Spices—cardamom, or ginger, a ghost of anise, a drift of salt.

FICTION: Podcast: Dream Cakes, by Kelly Jennings, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Kelly Jennings's "Dream Cakes."

POETRY: Seeds, by M Sereno

I am afraid of forests. I do not know why / the pineapple has a thousand eyes.

POETRY: Podcast: September/October Poetry, by Eric Otto, Yoon Ha Lee, Pamela Manasco, Saira Ali, Catherine Butler, Penny Stirling, and M Sereno, read by Anaea Lay, Ciro Faienza, Emily Jiang, Romie Stott, Julia Rios, and M Sereno

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

POETRY: Cloud Wall, by Arkady Martine

It was the new year / and you were hardly human yourself

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine, reviewed by Phoebe North
Wednesday: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, reviewed by Alix E. Harrow
Friday: Things We Found During the Autopsy by Kuzhali Manickavel, reviewed by Sofia Samatar


13 October 2014

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FICTION: Santos de Sampaguitas (Part 2 of 2), by Alyssa Wong

I wake to the Calderone house on fire.

FICTION: Podcast: Santos de Sampaguitas (Part 2 of 2), by Alyssa Wong, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Alyssa Wong's "Santos de Sampaguitas (Part 2 of 2)."

POETRY: Even Robots Learn, by Penny Stirling

No, not aromatic. No, just single, not single-cell.

COLUMN: Communities: Color Outside the Lines, by Renay

I dedicated more time in the 1990s to downloading fanart than anything else besides fan fiction.

EDITORIAL: Fund Drive 2014!, by Niall Harrison

The short version is—this year, we're aiming to raise US$13,500.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: J by Howard Jacobson, reviewed by Gautam Bhatia
Wednesday: All Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park, reviewed by Nina Allan
Friday: Widow's Dozen by Marek Waldorf, reviewed by David Hebblethwaite


6 October 2014

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FICTION: Santos de Sampaguitas (Part 1 of 2), by Alyssa Wong

The dead god descends on me as I sleep, the way it did my mother the night before my conception, and my grandmother before that. Even with my dream-eyes shut, I know it's there; the weight of folded limbs on my body threatens to crush my ribs, and I can smell the wreaths of sweet sampaguita hanging from its neck.

FICTION: Podcast: Santos de Sampaguitas (Part 1 of 2), by Alyssa Wong, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Alyssa Wong's "Santos de Sampaguitas (Part 1 of 2)."

POETRY: Plato's Orpheus, by Catherine Butler

Thus I saw you tread before, more shade than man

COLUMN: Scores, by John Clute

This is the terror within that J cannot utter aloud but which, in Jacobson's superbly controlled unpacking of the costs of not uttering that which cannot be spoken, permeates every word.

EDITORIAL: A Strange Horizons Book Club, by Niall Harrison

A short but (hopefully) exciting announcement.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, reviewed by Chris Kammerud
Wednesday: Smiler's Fair by Rebecca Levene, reviewed by Liz Bourke
Friday: My Real Children by Jo Walton, reviewed by Alix E. Harrow



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