Stranger Horizons, March 2014

posted by Niall Harrison on 31 March 2014 | Comments (0) »

We begin March's round-up with a bit of prize news: Jenny Blackford's "Dicksonia Antarctica in Suburbia" (which is apparently "not quite spec fic, but definite speculative overtones") came joint second in the 2013 YB Years Poetry Prize. Meanwhile this year's Clarke Award shortlist includes Kameron Hurley and Ann Leckie: many congratulations to them. And in crowdfunding news, Alliteration Ink is running a Kickstarter to support Lucy A. Snyder's next book, Devils' Field; it's fully funded but runs until April 13th, if you want to support.

Lots on the poetry front this time: Ada Hoffmann's "The Parable of the Supervillain" appeared in Apex. David C. Kopaska-Merkel's "Spark" is up at Polu Texni. Deborah P. Kolodji has a haiku in the March 2014 issue of A Hundred Gourds. Jessy Randall has a collaboration with Ken Cenicola, "To Suck Your Blood I Have to Bite You", in Stirring. Andrew Kozma's "On the Fear of Being Swallowed by Literature" is in the new issue of Parody Poetry Journal. The theme of Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl this month was dragons. And the Winter 2014 Goblin Fruit includes Peg Duthie's "Spelling 'For Worse'" and Sally Rosen Kindred's "Said Rapunzel to the Wolf", Alexandra Seidel's "The Vow of Frozen Time", Sonya Taaffe's "Godfather Drosselmeyer", and more.

What about books? The Tropic of Serpents, the second novel in Marie Brennan's Lady Trent series, is out now (Hannah Strom-Martin reviewed book one for us very positively). Orrin Grey's novella Mutagenesis, a licensed work for the Iron Kingdoms game setting, was released by Privateer Press. A Full Load of Midnight, a collection of Chan Buddhist poetry co-translated by David Lunde and Mary M. Y. Fung, has just been published by Musical Stone Culture Ltd. in Hong Kong. Kristin Ann King self-published Misfits from the Beehive State, a short story collection of Utah-centred tales. Cecil Castellucci also published TIN STAR: A Simple Favor, a True 20 RPG based on her new SF novel Tin Star.

Stories: Daniel José Older's "Angie" is just up at Sarah Pinsker's "A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide" is in the March/April issue of F&SF. O.J. Cade has a new piece, "The Absence of Feathers", at Luna Station Quarterly. Seth Dickinson had two stories out in March: "Morrigan in the Sunglare" at Clarkesworld, and "Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation" in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Jenn Grunigen's "Cinderseed", a teaser for her forthcoming SF novel, was published by Sparkler Monthly. Ken Liu's "The Gods Will Not Be Chained" is in John Joseph Adams/Hugh Howey anthology The End is Nigh; also in the book, stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Megan Arkenberg, and Will McIntosh, among others. Liz Argall's "Love is a component of this story" appeared in Daily Science Fiction. James S. Dorr's "Avoid Seeing a Mouse", a what-might-have-been Y2K story, is reprinted in Altered America, an anthology from Martinus Publishing. And Tina Connolly's "On the Eyeball Floor" appeared in translation in the Argentinian magazine La Idea Fija.

And finally, nonfiction: K. Tempest Bradford's essay, "Invisible Bisexuality in Torchwood", was in Apex. Carmen Maria Machado's "The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf" appeared at The New Yorker blog. And Genevieve Valentine wrote about "The Full Boyle" in Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the AV Club.

Poetry reading tonight!

posted by Niall Harrison on 24 March 2014 | Comments (0) »

Just a quick reminder that Sonya and Romie are both reading tonight at 2A in New York. Details, for those of you in the area, can be found here -- the event starts at 8pm.

SH poetry editors reading!

posted by Niall Harrison on 11 March 2014 | Comments (0) »

Another bit of poetry news: two of SH's poetry editors, Sonya Taaffe and Romie Stott, are reading at 2A in New York on Monday 24 March. Details:

Boston author, filmmaker and Strange Horizons editor Romie Stott (aka Romie Faienza) reads from selected works including her story "Three Young Men" from the upcoming Dybbuk Press anthology King David and the Spiders from Mars (more info -

Strange Horizons editor, poet and author Sonya Taaffe also reads from selected works including her story "Moving Nameless" which also appears in King David & the Spiders from Mars.

The event starts at 8pm.

Rhysling Longlists

posted by Niall Harrison on 11 March 2014 | Comments (0) »

A short addendum to the previous post rounding up recommendations for SH 2013 material: the longlists for this year's Rhysling Awards for SF poetry have been announced, and there are three SH works in the running:

Congratulations to all three of them (and to everyone else with a poem on the list)!

Stranger Horizons, February 2014

posted by Niall Harrison on 28 February 2014 | Comments (0) »

Congratulations again to all the SH authors whose 2013 work from SH has been recognised or reprinted so far; the Nebula ballot and Tiptree honour list also include a number of other SH alumni, which is always lovely to see. In other recognition news, James Dorr's The Tears of Isis is a nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a fiction collection; and Lawrence Schimel's collection Deleted Names is on the American Library Association's Over The Rainbow List of "books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic GLBT content".

New books: Steve Berman's latest anthology is Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction, which includes Claire Humphrey's "Lilac Season", Orrin Grey's "The White Prince", Nicole Kornher-Stace's "This is Not a Love Story", and Theodora Goss's "Catherine and the Satyr", among others. Cecil Castellucci's first SF novel Tin Star is out -- the story of a human girl left for dead on a space station at the brink of a galactic war. You can read an excerpt at Wendy Rathbone's collection of erotic short fiction, My House is Full of Whispers, is out from Eye Scry. And Lawrence Schimel's children's book Let's Go See Papa! was released in its Japanese edition.

A couple of editorial projects that aren't books. The second issue of Mary Anne Mohanraj's South Asian literary magazine Jaggery, went live this week; includes stories by Hasanthika Sirisena and Oindrila Mukherjee, plus poems, essays and art. And Jessy Randall guest-edited an all-poetry-comics issue of Snakeskin Magazine. The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, co-edited by AC Wise, includes "Ink" by Mari Ness and "How My Best Friend Rania Crashed a Party and Saved the World" by Ada Hoffmann, plus work by Barry King, Mary Alexandra Agner and Gregory Norman Bossert.

Not so much in poetry this month, but Sara Norja has two poems in the latest Chantarelle's Notebook: "Ninety-Eight" and "City of Stones"; and David C. Kopaska-Merkel has a poem in Spellbound, "The Changeling Remembers", while Andrew Kozma's "Rise up! Rise up!" is in the latest Passages North. David Lunde's collection of prose poems and flash fictions, The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann & Other Truths and Fictions, is out from Mayapple Press. And Elizabeth Barrette's latest poetry fishbowl was on the theme of love.

On the other hand, lots of new stories. The Lakeside Circus continues, with Rachael Acks' "A World of Speculation", FJ Bergmann's "Glossolithia", and CSE Cooney's "Threnody", among others. This month's Clarkesworld includes Natalia Theodoridou's "The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul" and An Owomoyela's "And Wash Out by Tides of War" (and reprints Vandana Singh's terrific "Infinities," one of my favourite stories by her). Paul Jessup's "Summer Cannibals" is at The Big Click, while the May (!) issue of Analog includes Tom Greene's "Another Man's Treasure." Apex has Rich Larson's "Maria and the Pilgrim" and Lucy A. Snyder's "Antumbra." Lightspeed has Ken Liu's latest, "None Owns the Air", a fantasy set in the world of his forthcoming novel; plus Jessica Barber's "Coma Kings" and Sunny Moraine's "So Sharp that Blood Must Flow." Aliya Whiteley's "Endless Art" is in Bourbon Penn; Jenny Blackford's "Six Legs, Three Heads", an SF story for kids, appears in School Magazine; and Renee Carter Hall's "The Emerald Mage" appears in Hero's Best Friend ed. Scott M. Sandridge

Non-fiction: As you may have heard, recently women destroyed science fiction (and a bunch of other genres), and a number of SH contributors had essays published during the Kickstarter: including Liz Argall with "Reading the Library Alphabetically", Anaea Lay with "Stocking Stuffers", Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam with "Stepping Through a Portal", Brooke Bolander with "Breaching the Gap", and OJ Cade with "Stomp All Over That". In reviews, Abigail Nussbaum posted an excellent piece on Her, and Liz Bourke had a prolific month at -- in particular check out her pieces on Rjurik Davidson's Unwrapped Sky and Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor. Also at, Alex Dally MacFarlane's second post-binary gender column looked at Mission Child by Maureen F. McHugh. And last but not least, Carmen Maria Machado had a humour piece at The Toast: What the colour of your urine says about you.

Con or Bust update

posted by Niall Harrison on 28 February 2014 | Comments (0) »

The auction has ended, but there's still a fund-raising effort underway, with a big donation-matching drive ending today:

Last week, Arachne Jericho offered to match regular donations to Con or Bust up to $1,000 over the next week. There’s a day left to go on that match—specifically, until noon Eastern on Friday, February 28—and Con or Bust has received just under $800 toward the matching gift.

So if you’d like to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons, and you’d like to have the effect of your support doubled, now is a great time to donate! Any amount is welcome indeed.

So, now would be a good time to chip in.

Recommendations Round-Up

posted by Niall Harrison on 25 February 2014 | Comments (0) »

This being the season for shortlists and year's bests and suchlike, there have been various nice bits of SH-related news I've been meaning to post about; so, here's a roundup. (See also our own Readers' Poll winners for 2013.)

First up, the following SH stories have been selected for Year's Best volumes:

In addition, four of our stories appeared on this year's Locus Recommended Reading List: "Town's End", plus Difference of Opinion" by Meda Kahn, "Din Ba Din" by Kate MacLeod, and "Jinki and the Paradox" by Sathya Stone.

On the non-fiction front, three pieces from SH have been selected for Speculative Fiction 2013, eds. Ana Grilo and Thea James:

And then, of course, a couple of our stories have been nominated for awards!

As Jed Hartman points out, this is the first time two SH stories have been nominated for a Nebula in the same year, which is a lovely thing. Many congratulations to Sarah and Sofia, all the other SH contributors whose work is being reprinted or is recommended, and in general, all the nominees on the BSFA and Nebula ballots!

Con or Bust 2014

posted by Niall Harrison on 7 February 2014 | Comments (0) »

This year's Con or Bust auction starts on Monday! What's Con or Bust, I hear you ask? Well:

Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions (how to request assistance; upcoming cons). It is administered by Kate Nepveu (that’s me) under the umbrella of the Carl Brandon Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited by geography, type of con-goer, or con; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves.

The auction is Con or Bust's principal fundraiser for the year, and there are already lots of items up to browse -- including signed memorabilia, critique services, jewelry, and lots and lots of books. SH's contribution is a lot of three recent translated fantasies. Go check it out, and consider bidding on some items on Monday.

January 2014 Poetry Acceptances

posted by Adrienne Odasso on 2 February 2014 | Comments (0) »

"Straw-Fitted Elephants," by Salik Shah

"Hierarch," by Laura Walton Allen

"Two Children," by Tendai Mwanaka

"In Cellars, Monsters," by Zella Christensen

"La Muerte," by Randi Anderson

"We Saw No Signs of Life," by Ting Gou

"Red," by Charis Ellison

"The Liar's Charm," by Gillian Daniels

"Spent," by Ruth Jenkins

Be sure to keep an eye out for these (and more) in the New Year. Happy 2014!

Stranger Horizons, January 2014

posted by Niall Harrison on 31 January 2014 | Comments (0) »

Getting in just under the wire (at least in UK terms) with this month’s round-up of SH contributor news. First of all, a congratulations to everyone who placed in this year’s Readers’ Poll — and to Sofia Samatar, Liz Bourke, Kameron Hurley, Ann Leckie, Nina Allan and Tori Truslow, who are all on the just-relased BSFA Awards ballot. A number of SH contributors are also on the Stoker preliminary ballot, including Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, and Bryan Thao Worra — whose Demonstra includes his Readers’ Poll-topping "Full Metal Hanuman". See how neatly it all ties together.

Now then. Some new books. Dean Francis Alfar has edited Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology, which includes stories by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, Jason Erik Lundberg and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (and on the non-SH-alum front, Jeffrey Ford, Ken Scholes, and many others). Proceeds will go to the Philippine Red Cross. O.J. Cade’s novella Trading Rosemary is out from Masque Books. In the UK, Adam Roberts’ latest, Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea, is out from Gollancz. Margaret L. Carter’s short erotic vampire romance Heat in the Night appeared from Ellora’s Cave. Jenny Blackford’s first book of poetry, The Duties of a Cat, is out from Pitt Street Poetry. Lucy A. Snyder and Elizabeth Bear will be among those contributing stories if the Dark Trails Weird West Kickstarter hits its goals. (Also on Kickstarter, the Women Destroy SF (and all other genres) Lightspeed special extravaganza, but you knew about that one, right?) And I should also note that Sigrid Ellis’s first issue of Apex went up this month.

New stories. Ken Liu’s "The Clockwork Soldier" appeared in this month’s Clarkesworld; Anaea Lay’s "Salamander Patterns" was in Lightspeed; and the Winter Subterranean includes "The Scrivener", a new story by Eleanor Arnason. The March Asimov’s includes Genevieve Williams’ "The Redemption of Kip Banjeree", a loose sequel to her SH story "Kip, Running". Paul Jessup’s "Summer Cannibals" is at The Big Click. Andrew Kozma’s "The Trouble-Men" has been featured by Albedo One. The Crossed Genres anthology Fierce Family — "15 exhilarating stories of QUILTBAG families experiencing adventure, disaster and triumph" — includes Sarah Pinsker’s "Monsters, Beneath the Bed and Otherwise". Jessy Randall’s story "The Night Butterflies" is in Theaker’s Quarterly 46; A.C. Wise’s "Her Last Breath Before Waking" is in the latest Three-Lobed Burning Eye; Lisa Nohealani Morton’s "And Silver Fountains, Mud" appeared in Daily Science Fiction; and Rachael Ack’s "Black Smoker Hero" is in SQ mag. Lakeside Circus has featured Rich Larson’s "Nobody Bets Against the Vat Dog" (and Bryan Thao Worra’s poem "No Such Phi"), with work by Dean Francis Alfar, Rachael Acks, F.J. Bergmann and C.S.E. Cooney upcoming. "Flash Bang Remember", by Tina Connolly and Caroline M. Yoachim, is featured in StarShipSofa 320. James S. Dorr’s "Seeds" — a tale of garden shops, flowers, and the Chicago Cubs — is in the eco-horror anthology Growing Concerns. And not new, but nice to note: F.J. Bergmann’s story "Ascending" was one of the five most popular at Black Treacle last year.

Poetry. Stone Telling has, as ever, a feast of material in its latest issue, including work by Ada Hoffmann ("Turning to Stone"), Sofia Samatar ("Long-ear"), Mat Joiner ("The Nerve Harp"), Sonya Taffe ("A Bulgakov Headache"), Alex Dally MacFarlane ("Bowl"), and Bogi Takács ("Outside-In / Catalytic Exteriorization"). Lawrence Schimel has three translations of pieces from Sofía Rhei’s Calvino homage Reversible Cities in Talisman. Peg Duthie recorded three poems for The Poetry Storehouse. The SFPA’s 2013 contest winners have been podcast by StarShip Sofa, including work by Lorraine Schein ("Dorothy’s Poem", Dwarf Form winner), Megan Arkenberg, and Jenny Blackford, among others. David Lund and Mary M. Y. Fung translated Lingche’s poem "At Dong Lin Monastery: In Answer to Governor Wei Dan" for Poetry East. Natalia Theodoridou’s "Pretty Half-Breeds, For Free" appeared at Eye to the Telescope. Star*Line 37.1 has work by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Mary A. Turzillo, Jessey Randall, Alicia Cole, and others. And Elizabeth Barrette has posted a number of new poems in her Walking the Beat series.

And as ever, we finish with some non-fiction. The latest Cascadia Subduction Zone is out, and includes essays by L. Timmel Duchamp and Nisi Shawl, and reviews by Karen Burnham and Cat Rambo, among others. Daniel José Older’s essay "12 Fundamentals of Writing ‘The Other’ (And The Self)" appeared at Buzzfeed. Carmen Maria Machado, meanwhile, had an essay on the New Yorker blog: "Salad Days at Chuck E. Cheese." At the LARB, Dan Hartland has reviewed David Hartwell’s latest Year’s Best SF. Hunter Liguore’s in-depth interview with David Anthony Durham appears in the February/March issue of The Writer’s Chronicle.

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