20 April 2015

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FICTION: Nine Thousand Hours, by Iona Sharma

I'd tried to write down lists of magical logarithms, and phone numbers, and then just my name, over and over. We all had. I picked up a pen and attempted to write "Amal" and then "Salt" on the page. My pen formed the letters, but a millimetre above the surface; when Cally took it from me and tried, she couldn't force it into the sweep of the C without it leaping from her hand.

FICTION: Podcast: Nine Thousand Hours, by Iona Sharma, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Iona Sharma's "Nine Thousand Hours."

POETRY: The Last Scan, by Salik Shah

Are you still looking, silently?

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Kaleidoscope ed Alisa Krasnostein and Julia R. Rios, reviewed by Alix E. Harrow
Wednesday: Constantine, reviewed by Tom Speelman
Friday: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, reviewed by Indrapramit Das

13 April 2015

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FICTION: Among the Sighs of the Violoncellos, by Daniel Ausema

It is not true that a lizard's tail, left behind in the marquesa's garden, will always grant three wishes.

FICTION: Podcast: Among the Sighs of the Violoncellos, by Daniel Ausema, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Daniel Ausema's "Among the Sighs of the Violoncellos."

POETRY: Misogyny, by Gwynne Garfinkle

You see, kids, / I swapped out your mom / for a hot automaton who won't talk back.

COLUMN: Me and Science Fiction: What Are We, Chopped Liver?, by Eleanor Arnason

Recently, The Guardian did a column with a headline that said, “2014: The Year that Science Fiction Woke Up to Diversity.” The column goes on to argue that last year was when SF finally discovered women and people of color (PoC) and produced books about gender issues.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, reviewed by Nino Cipri
Wednesday: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, reviewed by Niall Alexander
Friday: The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan, reviewed by Liz Bourke

6 April 2015

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FICTION: Noise Pollution, by Alison Wilgus

But sometimes it's three or four things. Sometimes a punk-ass kid wants to haggle with you over an unopened ten-pack of Type Two BASF Chrome Maximas and you're on the phone with your goddamn choir director and your walkman runs down while both your earbuds are out. And you don't notice right away. And then the Noise comes swooping down on you like a summer storm, and you've got problems a whole truckload of responsibility batteries aren't gonna fish you out of.

FICTION: Podcast: Noise Pollution, by Alison Wilgus, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Alison Wilgus's "Noise Pollution."

POETRY: Ekphrastic 25/The Fox Woman, by Jenn Grunigen

A fox reads poetry / licks words till they stick to her tongue

COLUMN: Intertitles: Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong and the Hollywood Problem, by Genevieve Valentine

In fact, non-whiteness is so often coded as the Other that it becomes subtly reinforced as a speculative element; a person of color appearing at all begins to suggest something supernatural—both within the text, and as evidence that a person of color made it in front of the camera at all.

EDITORIAL: The Puppy Hugos, by Niall Harrison

For those who have not seen or heard the news, this year’s Hugo nominees are dominated by a voting campaign led by Brad Torgersen and Vox Day.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Pretty Deadly: Vol 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles, reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen
Wednesday: Escape from Baghdad by Saad Z. Hossain, reviewed by T. S. Miller
Friday: Navigatio by Patrick Holland, reviewed by Octavia Cade

30 March 2015

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ARTICLE: The 2014 SF Count, by Niall Harrison

Welcome to the fifth year of Strange Horizons' "SF count" of representation in reviewing.

POETRY: Magpie Wings, by Jaymee Goh

When electromagnetic winds blow, / she lets a peony fly

COLUMN: Matrilines: The Woman Who Made Fantasy: Katherine Kurtz, by Kari Sperring

We are writing our history, shaping our genre to our cultural norms of value and hierarchy and status. And we are leaving out the women.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho, reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum
Wednesday: Darknet by Matthew Mather, reviewed by Redfern Jon Barrett
Friday: Kill Marguerite by Megan Milks, reviewed by Subashini Navaratnam

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