3 August 2015

[Reviews ]


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

27 July 2015

[Article by Paul McAuley]


ARTICLE: Farewell, Fantastic Pluto, by Paul McAuley

Less than sixty years after Sputnik the first era of solar system exploration is over.

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club: The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss, by Octavia Cade, Kev McVeigh, Martin Petto, and Electra Pritchett

"Earth is frightful, the new planet is scary. It's space that's the haven, the place of we-don't-have-to-make-decisions-yet."

POETRY: this sacred garden, by Andrew Watson

let my wholeness be a forest / washed with depth and darkness

POETRY: Podcast: July Poetry, by Betsy Ladyzhets, Stephanie Wytovich, Ryu Ando, Gabby Reed, and Andrew Watson, read by Betsy Ladyzhets, Ciro Faienza, Ryu Ando, Nicholas Davidge, and Andrew Watson

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

COLUMN: Matrilines: Dion Fortune: Writing through the Veil, by Kari Sperring

[. . .] every writer is rooted in their culture or context, and that inevitably flavours and shapes their work in some way or another, on a more or less conscious level, and different writers are more or less open and aware of this. Dion Fortune was, perhaps, more aware of this than most.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Haw by Sean Jackson, reviewed by K. Kamo
Wednesday: Galapagos Regained by James Morrow, reviewed by Alix E. Harrow
Friday: The Stars Seem So Far Away by Margrét Helgadóttir, reviewed by Octavia Cade

20 July 2015

[Fiction by Karen Myers]


FICTION: The Visitor, by Karen Myers

The leading wave of the first pulse hit the vibrissae on Felockati’s chasm-facing tentacles, then continued its race across his territory as his other sensors twisted to focus on it. He could tell how close it was from the narrow point of origin and partially occluded source — something large sinking down past the margin of the abyssal canyon.

FICTION: Podcast: The Visitor, by Karen Myers, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Karen Myers's "The Visitor."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: Sishir Bommakanti, by Tory Hoke

I was always told to work with opposites: light shapes on dark shapes, warm on cool, chaos over order, and vice versa.

POETRY: Lola, by Gabby Reed

My grandmother climbed the balete tree and disappeared / forever. There, where the branches are draped in themselves

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Ex Machina, reviewed by Rachael Acks
Wednesday: Sisters of the Revolution, ed. by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Friday: Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre, reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller

13 July 2015

[Reviews ]


FICTION: It Brought Us All Together, by Marissa Lingen

I really was thinking of following Mom and Dad into mycogenetics.  But people freak out when they hear that.  It's like I'm supposed to go into the fetalposition and twitch and occasionally whimper, "A fungus killed my parents.  I'll never forgive those dirty spores."

FICTION: Podcast: It Brought Us All Together, by Marissa Lingen, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Marissa Lingen's "It Brought Us All Together."

POETRY: Season of the Ginzakura, by Ryu Ando

On the day you were born A screaming fell across the sky That still reverberates down deep passages,

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak, reviewed by Chris Lombardo
Wednesday: Clade by James Bradley, reviewed by Niall Harrison
Friday: Philosophy and Terry Pratchett, ed. Jacob Held and James South, reviewed by Foz Meadows

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