29 Sep 2012
Time for a new blog feature! As you are no doubt aware if you are reading this, Strange Horizons has in its twelve years published an inordinate number of cool and talented writers.
26 Sep 2012
Félix J. Palma writes a rich Victorian England and an exuberantly inventive future, and the giants of genre fiction's past grace his pages as allusions, inspirations, and even viewpoint characters. All of this promise is, however, rather let down by Palma's fondness for yanking the rug out from under the reader and by his horrific treatment of gender.
24 Sep 2012
Adam Christopher's second novel would have been a much better book if it had managed to draw a unifying thematic thread or two through its dizzyingly frenetic scenes and multiparous events. Like a Hollywood blockbuster, it glitters with excitement, and—like most Hollywood blockbusters—it proves itself ultimately superficial.
24 Sep 2012
At eight, she started cutting the hearts in / less-than-perfect shapes. Sometimes she cut a small tail on top of the heart. She told her father it / was the superior vena cava.
24 Sep 2012
Based on the novel by British author Dennis Feltham, Colossus: The Forbin Project is a cautionary tale about what happens when people build bigger, better mousetraps (well, somebody's got to be the mouse).
23 Sep 2012
This week, we had: “The Fourth Exam“, a short story by Dorothy Yarros Ann K. Schwader’s poem, “Cave Bear Dreams“ And reviews of Madeline Ashby’s vN, by Marina Berlin, and Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer, by Matt Hilliard On the blog, Niall discusses Paul Kincaid’s essay exploring his dissatisfaction with several of last year’s Year’s Best short fiction volumes.
19 Sep 2012
While the setting of Jay Kristoff's debut novel involves much that will seem fresh to western audiences, its story sticks very close to established formulas.
18 Sep 2012
I imagine many of you have by now seen Paul Kincaid’s essay “The Widening Gyre“, exploring his dissatisfaction with several of last year’s Year’s Best short fiction volumes; it’s been a topic of discussion on the Coode Street podcast for the last two weeks, and inspired discussion to the effect that you shouldn’t really expect the words Year’s Best in a title to actually mean the year’s best, pace Cheryl Morgan here. The core of Paul’s argument, though, goes to the fiction itself, that “the genres of the fantastic themselves have reached a state of exhaustion” and that science fiction in particular has “lost confidence that the future can be comprehended.” The second of the two Coode Street podcasts linked above is particularly interesting for the discussion of those words, “exhaustion” and “confidence”, what they imply and Paul’s work-in-progress attempts to articulate how he is experiencing recent sf.
17 Sep 2012
Though Ashby's characters are complicated and thought out, the world they inhabit is less intricately constructed.
17 Sep 2012
But one that I’ll snap up, come next February: Jurassic London are pleased to announce Speculative Fiction 2012: The Year’s Best Online Reviews & Commentary, capturing the best of 2012’s blogs, websites and other digital publications. With the online reviewing community larger than ever before, Speculative Fiction aims to both capture and celebrate the best in genre non-fiction: the top book reviews, criticism and essays of the year. This is almost a book I’ve wanted for years. The book I want would be a full yearbook for sf’s conversations about itself, and therefore draw from all venues, professional and non-professional, digital and print; so I think it’s a shame that this volume is limited to digital non-professional from that point of view.