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24 November 2014

COLUMN: Movements: Towards Change, by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Change. It’s been on my mind a lot these days.

POETRY: You Are Here, by Bogi Takács

With each moment, the baseline of your memories shifts

POETRY: Podcast: November Poetry, by Jane Crowley, Erik Amundsen, Rose Lemberg, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, and Bogi Takács, read by Romie Stott, Ciro Faienza, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, and Julia Rios

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

ARTICLE: Estrangement and Cognition, by Darko Suvin

In this chapter, I will argue for an understanding of SF as the literature of cognitive estrangement. This definition seems to possess the unique advantage of rendering justice to a literary tradition which is coherent through the ages and within itself, yet distinct from nonfictional utopianism, from naturalistic literature, and from other non-naturalistic fiction. It thus makes it possible to lay the basis for a coherent poetics of SF.

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club: Tigerman, by Niall Harrison, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and Aishwarya Subramanian

This month we are discussing Nick Harkaway's third novel, Tigerman.

17 November 2014

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FICTION: Once, Upon a Lime, by E. Catherine Tobler

Once, upon a lime, there was a frog.

FICTION: She Commands Me and I Obey part 2 of 2, by Ann Leckie Illustrated by Tory Hoke

The noise rose. Qefahl Brend seemed paralyzed in his seat. The novice next to Her-Breath-Contains said, "She can't do that! Can she do that?" Meanwhile, Ultimately-Justice strolled unconcerned to the center line, looked at Seven-Brilliant-Truths, and gently, sweetly, smiled.

FICTION: Podcast: Once, Upon a Lime, by E. Catherine Tobler, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents E. Catherine Tobler's "Once, Upon a Lime."

FICTION: Podcast: She Commands Me and I Obey part 2 of 2, by Ann Leckie, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Ann Leckie's "She Commands Me and I Obey (part 2 of 2)."

POETRY: The Mermaid of Lincoln Park Lagoon, by Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Mine is not a beautiful hunger.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley, reviewed by Lila Garrott
Wednesday: Bête by Adam Roberts, reviewed by Andy Sawyer


10 November 2014

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FICTION: A Moon for the Unborn, by Indrapramit Das

Every night around 1 a.m. Earth-clock, I'd see the shadows of the camp's dead children on the windows as they walked by in silent single-file.

FICTION: She Commands Me and I Obey part 1 of 2, by Ann Leckie

She wore no jewels, only the short trousers of a ball player and an undecorated armguard that covered her from wrist to elbow, her hand curled into a fist to hold it in place. She wasn't jumping or crouching, only standing, her arms at her side, her head tilted just slightly, as though she were listening to a voice only she could hear.

FICTION: Podcast: A Moon for the Unborn, by Indrapramit Das, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Indrapramit Das's "A Moon for the Unborn."

FICTION: Podcast: She Commands Me and I Obey (part 1 of 2), by Ann Leckie, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Ann Leckie's "She Commands Me and I Obey (part 1 of 2)."

POETRY: The rivers, the birchgroves, all the receding earth, by Rose Lemberg

my hare-heavy boat tilting into summer / all the way to the dry shore and the joyful leap

POETRY: Salamander Song, by Rose Lemberg and Emily Jiang

my body burnished scales, a shawl of sparks over a story I have never told.

COLUMN: Scores, by John Clute

That a vessel of story so packed with story it seems to overflow with plenitude can feel half-empty after we shut the last page may be a central clue to what David Mitchell has been doing in The Bone Clocks in order to tell sooth; or not. A clue would be good.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Blood of Angels by Johanna Sinisalo, reviewed by Nina Allan
Wednesday: We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory, reviewed by Carmen Maria Machado
Friday: The Peripheral by William Gibson, reviewed by Z. Irene Ying


3 November 2014

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FICTION: That's Entertainment, by Meda Kahn

There was silence as they set up the webcam. Gilly and ten other residents, bobbing and flapping and milling around, in wheelchairs or out, crutches and canes, a regular freakshow. Gilly turned to the rest of them with hawk's eyes, fierce and focused. "If they're going to do this to us," she said, "we might as well make them pay."

FICTION: Podcast: That's Entertainment, by Meda Kahn, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Meda Kahn's "That's Entertainment."

ARTICLE: A Few Questions About the Culture: An Interview with Iain Banks, by Jude Roberts

These interviews were conducted by email between April and June in 2010 as part of my PhD on the Culture, drawing on the extraordinary way Banks's writing investigates and interrogates language, the body, the relationship between the self and society and the relationship between the self and the other, to consider what it is to be a person.

POETRY: Brass, by Erik Amundsen

We should find a heaven / and if it isn't, a city of brass

COLUMN: Me and Science Fiction: Problematic Chocolate, by Eleanor Arnason

I haven't been reading enough books lately, so I joined a local fantasy book discussion group.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias, reviewed by Maria Velazquez
Wednesday: Song of the Sea, reviewed by Raz Greenberg
Friday: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis, reviewed by Lila Garrott



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