24 August 2015

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ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club: The Starry Rift by James Tiptree, Jr., by Lila Garrott, Matt Hilliard, and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

"these stories in The Starry Rift aren't explicitly ideological; they're not arguing for or against anything apart from demonstrating that the basic axioms of their worldbuilding work in the universe so built"

ARTICLE: Defying Gravity: The Science Fiction of Zero-G, by Ian McDonald, Jody Lynn Nye, Corey Ostman, Karen Traviss, and Vanessa Rose Phin

For those who are tied down by their bodies, it might represent a freedom that they have lost or never known.

POETRY: Stars, by Snigdha Chaya Saikia

she who had summer pressed into her skin. / And twine and grass braided into her hair

POETRY: Podcast: August Poetry, by Merav Hoffman, Arlene Ang, Arlene Ang, and Snigdha Chaya Saikia, read by Merav Hoffman, Ciro Faienza, Ciro Faienza, and Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents poetry from the August issues.

COLUMN: Dear Dr Sheldon, by Gwyneth Jones

How did you ever get away with it? The short answer is that you didn't; not for long.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: NoFood by Sarah Tolmie, reviewed by Molly Katz
Wednesday: The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z Danielewski, reviewed by Benjamin Gabriel
Friday: Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan, reviewed by Ian Mond

17 August 2015

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FICTION: 20/20, by Arie Coleman

You practice medicine long enough, someone will get hurt and it’ll be your fault. You do your best to protect your patients from yourself and your human failings. When you can’t, you learn how to cope with the guilt. Or you don’t, and you quit. Or you overdose and you quit forever. Or you respecialize.

FICTION: Podcast: 20/20, by Arie Coleman, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Arie Coleman's "20/20."

EDITORIAL: A Farewell Message, by Julia Rios

I had several very long conversations with Jed, weighing pros and cons, and asking ridiculous amounts of questions. He was extremely thoughtful and patient. Each time I would end the conversation by thanking him and saying that I was pretty sure I still wouldn't apply to become an editor. But I kept coming back to thinking about how much I loved the magazine.

POETRY: Loss Prelude, by Arlene Ang

Each note vibrates its emptiness.

COLUMN: Me and Science Fiction: Ghost in the Shell, by Eleanor Arnason

What follows is an attempt to introduce you to a lovely show. This won’t be easy, because Ghost in the Shell is complicated.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Find Me by Laura van den Berg, reviewed by Nina Allan
Wednesday: Science in Wonderland: the Scientific Fairy Tales of Britain by Melanie Keene, reviewed by Andy Sawyer
Friday: The Tropic of Serpents & Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan, reviewed by Electra Pritchett

10 August 2015

[Fiction by Margaret Killjoy]


FICTION: Beyond Sapphire Glass, by Margaret Killjoy

We told you what we told every pilgrim: if your health wasn't bad, you had to stay with us a year before we'd lead you into the depths, before an angel would show you to the sapphire gate. Before we'd let you upload your mind, before we'd incinerate your body.

FICTION: Podcast: Beyond Sapphire Glass, by Margaret Killjoy, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Margaret Killjoy's "Beyond Sapphire Glass."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: Geneva Benton, by Tory Hoke

I'm sure once that "goal" is reached I still won't be happy with the emotion or expression, so it's like a never-ending rabbit hole. It's like never being truly satisfied, and that's what I love about art as a whole.

POETRY: Using Only These, by Merav Hoffman

Does it matter if it lets us fly away?

COLUMN: Scores, by John Clute

It might be worth thinking that Ishiguro has not in fact been as undevious as all that.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Awesome by Eve Darrow, reviewed by Christina Scholz
Wednesday: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, reviewed by Nandina Ramachandran and Phoebe Salzman-Cohen
Friday: Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep, ed Peter Öberg, reviewed by Stephanie Chan

3 August 2015

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FICTION: Probably Definitely, by Heather Morris

Tommie’s been holding on to a Revolutions ticket since November. Tommie’s never seen the band live before, never seen Savannah Sullivan strut across a stage close enough to reach out and touch. It was supposed to be the show that changed everything, Tommie’s first concert. And it was supposed to be tonight.

FICTION: Podcast: Probably Definitely, by Heather Morris, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Heather Morris's "Probably Definitely."

POETRY: Kanchenjunga, by Ajapa Sharma

The peaks shot out to the universe, / breaking the boundaries of the horizon.

COLUMN: Intertitles: It Follows, and the Zombification of Rape Culture, by Genevieve Valentine

The premise of It Follows seems simple enough: Our young heroine contracts a supernatural STD that makes her the target of an unnameable monster.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Devourers by Indra Das, reviewed by Salik Shah
Wednesday: Sense8 and the Science Fiction of Real Life , by Maggie Clark
Friday: The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud, reviewed by Anthony Cardno

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