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27 June 2016

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ARTICLE: Future Cities: PD Smith & Darran Anderson in Conversation, by PD Smith & Darran Anderson

Can cities slip from being living, breathing places to being what we might call living-dead, however exquisite the corpse is? Alongside climatic changes or catastrophes, do you think there's a danger of cities being perfected out of existence? 

ARTICLE: SF is the Genre of the City: An Interview with Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, by Eli Lee and Gautam Bhatia

SF is a genre of turbulent times and that turbulence is often reflected in apocalyptic and postapocalyptic imagery whose first symptom is the slum.

ARTICLE: Manchester: A Tale of Two Dystopias, by Anne Charnock and Matt Hill

"Manchester is historically a centre of innovation. We had the industrial revolution, the first railway stations, the first programmable computer, the atom was split here, and more recently we've isolated graphene. So it made sense that future innovations in genetic engineering would happen here as well."

POETRY: I Am Not Buffalo Bill, by Evelyn Deshane

Forget the birds and the bats and the king rats / you feel yourself you are. Remember your bones.

POETRY: Podcast: June Poetry, by Lora Gray, Rohinton Daruwala, Laura Madeleine Wiseman & Andrea Blythe, and Evelyn Deshane, read by Lora Gray, Rohinton Daruwala, Romie Stott, and Ciro Faienza

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

COLUMN: Matrilines: Fire from Heaven: Judith Tarr, by Kari Sperring

Judith Tarr is one of the most accomplished, complex, innovative, and consistently brilliant writers I can think of.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Advantageous, reviewed by Samira Nadkarni
Wednesday: Dream Paris by Tony Ballantyne, reviewed by Alasdair Czyrnyj
Friday: If Then and The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua, reviewed by Andy Sawyer


20 June 2016

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FICTION: Bride Price, by S. E. Jones

Kyria's father shifted besides her, fiddling with the pendant around his neck. A brief flare of power and the pungent-lemon smell of sumac filled the cab. The spell was subtle—if Kyria didn't have the same talent in spice magic, she wouldn't have recognised it.

FICTION: Podcast: Bride Price, by S. E. Jones, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents S. E. Jones's "Bride Price."

POETRY: A Gathering of Baba Yagas, by Laura Madeline Wiseman & Andrea Blythe

Myth, our sister said, Revolution.

COLUMN: Scores, by John Clute

So I guess we're being asked to ride this book to El Dorado. Let us try.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Tale of Shikanoko Books 1 & 2 by Lian Hearn, reviewed by Electra Pritchett
Wednesday: Jungle Book, reviewed by Rukmini Pande
Friday: A Midsummer Night's Dream, adapted by Russell T. Davies, reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum


13 June 2016

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FICTION: Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic, by José Pablo Iriarte

Marbles, reading glasses, fichas de Monopolio, a key, all cemented onto the crumbling old plaster, maybe eight feet across. Only when he took a step back could he see it formed the shape of a woman and her two kids, carrying suitcases away from a house while a grim police officer stood by with his arms crossed.

FICTION: Podcast: Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic, by José Pablo Iriarte, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents José Pablo Iriarte's "Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic."

POETRY: The Poem Gardens of the Ascari, by Rohinton Daruwala

Until at last they come to / the tree that speaks to them

COLUMN: Reading Science Fiction and Fantasy for (South) Asia, by Salik Shah

The brick and mortar bookstores in Kathmandu, New Delhi, and Bombay don’t stock critical SF, science, or math books barring few exceptions—well-worn classics and college textbooks.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip, reviewed by Chris Kammerud
Wednesday: Long Dark Dusk by J. P. Smythe, reviewed by Mahvesh Murad
Friday: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, reviewed by Samira Nadkarni


6 June 2016

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FICTION: The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R., by Benjamin C. Kinney

The seventh repetition almost played out like all the others. A different person filled Luis' place, but despite the evidence before my eyes, I could only see my idiot husband.

FICTION: Podcast: The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R., by Benjamin C. Kinney, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Benjamin C. Kinney's "The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.."

POETRY: Jupiter of Jupiter, by Lora Gray

Remember neverwhen? / Sol bursting / over Io

COLUMN: Communities: Written by the Victors, by Renay

I've been thinking a lot about awards lately.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Dangerous Visions: News From Nowhere, reviewed by Erin Horáková
Wednesday: Azanian Bridges by Nick Woods, reviewed by Gautam Bhatia
Friday: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, reviewed by Linda Wilson



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