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Contents

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


22 September 2014

FICTION: Introduction to "The Lucky Strike", by Leonard Richardson and Sumana Harihareswara

In the fiction writer's bag of tricks there's a surefire technique for garnering sympathy for a character: show them reading something.

FICTION: The Lucky Strike, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Today, the first of August, there was something more interesting to watch than the usual Superfortress parade. Word was out that General Le May wanted to take the 509th's mission away from it. Their commander Colonel Tibbets had gone and bitched to La May in person, and the general had agreed the mission was theirs, but on one condition: one of the general's men was to make a test flight with the 509th, to make sure they were fit for combat over Japan.

FICTION: Podcast: The Lucky Strike, by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Kim Stanley Robinson's "The Lucky Strike."

COLUMN: Intertitles: And Was Obliged to Go On Dancing: The Red Shoes and the Chastised Woman, by Genevieve Valentine

At first glance, "The Red Shoes" is a story about dancing, and it's no surprise that the relatively rare screen adaptations of the story are almost exclusively dance pieces . . .

POETRY: Gorgon Girls, by Saira Ali

There is nothing more monstrous in our gaze than a mirror.


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