Stranger Horizons, August 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 31 August 2015 | Comments (0) »

Time for another round-up of contributor news! Starting with new books: Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce, includes, as the title suggest, letters to Tiptree by many familiar names, including but not limited to Theodora Goss, Rose Lemberg, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Brit Mandelo, Sarah Pinsker, and (reprinted in our last issue) Gwyneth Jones. N. K. Jemisin's new novel came out at the start of the month, and is getting excellent reviews: The Fifth Season (Here's Niall Alexander at Tor.com). Stories for Chip, edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell, has a stellar table of contents including Chris Brown, L. Timmel Duchamp, Hal Duncan, Anil Menon, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and many others. Tom Doyle's new book is The Left-Hand Way, second in his contemporary fantasy American Craft series. The collected first-season of Daniel Ausema's serial Spire City ("where giant beetles pull picturesque carriages over cobbled streets") is now available. And finally, Octavia Cade's The August Birds is free at Smaswords for the next day, with the coupon HD22E.

New stories: Apex Magazine has "It is Healing, It is Never Whole" by Sunny Moraine, and "Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant's Tale" by Damien Angelica Walters. Continuing the mini-trend for long titles, Tor.com has Tina Connolly's story "That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda's One Hundredth Birthday Part." Aidan Doyle's "How I Saved the Galaxy" (on a Limited Budget)" appeared at Daily SF, while in slightly shorter title news Sarah Pinsker's latest story, "And We Were Left Darkling", is in Lightspeed. Naru Dames Sundar's "Infinite Skeins" appeared in the "portals" issue of Crossed Genres. Natalia Theodoridou's "Waiting for the Flood OR The Bathers" appeared in Litro. Orrin Grey's "The Insectivore" appears in Cthulu Fhtagn!, an anthology of (you guessed it) Lovecraft-inspired weirdness.

What about new poetry? Mary Turzillo's new chapbook is A Guide to Endangered Monsters; and the 101st issue of Dreams & Nightmares will be out in the next few days. The latest issue of Modern Poetry in Translation features Lawrence Schimel's translations of two poems by Mexican writer Gabriela Cantú Westendarp. John W. Sexton has four speculative poems in the just-released Storm Cycle 2014: The Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press. Joel Best's poem "We Eat" is in the latest issue of Carnival Literary Magazine." And if you head over to Section8 you can read Jessy Randall's "The Most Beautiful Sound in the World: A Found Poem", a tribute to the TARDIS. A. J. Odasso's poem "Transition Metal" appears in My Dear Watson: Elemental Poetry, out soon from Beautiful Dragons Press. And Elizabeth Barrette has published a number of poems in her "Polychrome Heroics" superhero series.

Non-fiction: At Clarkesworld, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro moderates a conversation about writing for video games with Yoon Ha Lee, Seth Dickinson, Robert Reed, E. Lily Yu, and Karl Schroeder. Carmen Maria Machado reviewed The Daughters by Adrienne Celt, for NPR. James Dorr was interviewed about his collection The Tears of Isis and related (and not-so-related) writerly topics by Sonnet O'Dell at Dusty Pages. And Tom Speelman published a two-part essay on Gail Simone's Batgirl run at The Mary Sue: part one and part two.




Tiptree

posted by Niall Harrison on 26 August 2015 | Comments (0) »

It just so happened that the date of this week's issue coincided with the centenary of the birth Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree, Jr, so we have a couple of Tiptree-related pieces for you to enjoy:

In our archives you can also find:

And to finish, some more good Tiptree-related things elsewhere:




SH at Sasquan

posted by Niall Harrison on 18 August 2015 | Comments (0) »

Sadly, most of us aren't able to make it to this year's Worldcon, but for those of you who are going Strange Horizons will be ably represented by our fearless podcast editor, Anaea Lay. Find her at panels, kaffeeklatsches, workshops and who knows where else! All the details here.




Stranger Horizons, July 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 30 July 2015 | Comments (0) »

New books: Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have co-edited Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, which includes work by Chris Brown, Benjamin Rosenbaum, L. Timmel Duchamp, Anil Menon, Sheree Renee Thomas, and many others. A. C. Wise's collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again (now that's what I call a title) is out from Lethe Press. Octavia Cade's first novel The August Birds is out ("half science fiction, half science history"). Chris Willrich's fantasy The Chart of Tomorrows (the continuing adventures of poet Persimmon Gaunt and thief Imago Bone, and their baby) is out from Pyr. Margaret L. Carter's horror/erotic-romance novella Crossing the Border is out as an ebook from Ellora's Cave.

New poems: Sara Norja's chapbook micro-chapbook Watching the City is out from the Origami Poetry Project. Jeannine Galley's "Introduction to Ruby Slippers, Hot Air Balloons" is in the latest issue of newish zine FreezeRay. The latest Uncanny includes Bryan Thao Worra's "Slices of Failure in Super Science", and C. S. E. Cooney's "The Saga of Captain Jens." Sally Rosen Kindred's persona poem "Gretel, Later" is in the July issue of Rogue Agent. The latest issue of Star*Line includes work by Jenny Blackford, Mary Soon Lee, Robert Borski, and others. And speaking of SFPA, a reminder: the 2015 SFPA Poetry Contest for unpublished poems is open for submissions until 31st August.

Special comics category! Cecil Castellucci's short comic "World Junior Mustache" is in Vertigo Quarterly SFX slam #2. And Jessy Randall has five poetry comics at Knee-Jerk.

New stories: Rachael Jones, Margaret Killjoy, Sarah Pinsker, and plenty of others have stories in Accessing the Future, The Future Fire's new anthology of disability-themed SF. The latest issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet is a special on humanity's relationship with the Earth and includes stories by Christopher Brown, Carmen Maria Machado, and Sofia Samatar, among others. Nathaniel Lee's "Liveboy" (elevator pitch: "Betty Friedan with revenants") is in this month's Intergalactic Medicine Show. James Dorr's "Olé Bubba and the Forty Steves" ("yuppified zombies and the running of the bulls") is in the Terror Tree Pun Book of Horror Stories. Issue 7 of Lackington's includes work by Mat Joiner, M. Bennardo, Mari Ness, Nin Harris and others. The latest Apex includes Rich Larson's "Going Endo" and Shira Lipkin's "Never Chose This Way", among others. Natalia Theodoridou has a new story in Clarkesworld: "Android Whores Can't Cry." Upper Rubber Boot books has published Lawrence Schimel's translation of Argentine writer Teresa P. Mira de Echeverria's novelette, "Memory", which was a finalist for the Spanish national science fiction awards. Lynette Mejia wrote the Nature Future for 22 July 2015: "The memory of trees." Cat Rambo has posted her flash piece, "California Ghosts" (supported by her Patreon). Iona Sharma's "Archana and Chandni" appeared in Betwixt. Kate MacLeod's "The Onmyoji's Wife" is in the latest Abyss & Apex. Over at Daily Science Fiction you can find Kate Heartfield's "This is the Humming Hour", and Mari Ness's "The Petals." L. S. Johnson's "Little Men with Knives" is at Crossed Genres. Orrin Grey's "Alraune" and Claire Humphrey's "Eldritch Brown Houses" are in Lethe Press's anthology Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists. William Alexander's "Ana's Tag" is in this month's Lightspeed. And a couple of podcasts: Jei D. Marcade's "Sounding the Fall" appeared at Escape Pod, while Michelle Ann King's "Congratulations on your Apotheosis" is at PodCastle.


Non-fiction: The issue of LCRW Renay's recent column on the weight of SF backhistory in typically eloquent fashion. Abigail Nussbaum marked ten years of Asking the Wrong Questions by releasing an ebook of her writing on Iain M. Banks.




Stranger Horizons, June 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 2 July 2015 | Comments (0) »

I'm a couple of days late with the June update, for which apologies -- my excuse is that I've been on holiday (about which I might write a little more, but the short version is that you should all go and vote for Helsinki to host the 2017 Worldcon). A couple of magazine-y bits to start. First of all, congratulations to Amal El-Mohtar, whose "The Truth About Owls" won Best Short Story in the Locus Awards; we were pleased to be able to reprint the story, which first appeared in Kaleidoscope, earlier this year. Second, those in the Houston area may be interested in this Indiegogo campaign for a literary festival to be held early next year, which will feature one of our fiction editors (and co-editor of Kaleidoscope come to that), Julia Rios, as a guest.

New books in June: Zen Cho has edited the exciting-looking anthology Cyberpunk: Malaysia for Buku Fixi. Daniel José Older's first YA, contemporary fantasy Shadowshaper (read an excerpt here). Jo Walton's The Philosopher Kings is the sequel to The Just City from earlier this year (read an interview about the book here). Tom Doyle's American Craftsmen is out from Tor in paperback. And a new magazine issue: the latest issue of Lontar, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg features fiction and poetry by Ng Yi-Sheng, Andrew Cheah, Eliza Victoria and others.

New poetry: Mythic Delirium has Natalia Theodoridou's "Philomela in Seven Movements" and Dominik Parisien's "A Portrait of the Monster as an Artist." Mari Ness' "Inhabiting Your Skin" appeared at Apex. The latest issue of Interfictions includes work by Neile Graham, Penny Stirling, Sonya Taaffe and others. Neile also has a poem in the latest Liminality, "The Sea Roads", alongside another SH poetry editor, AJ Odasso, with "Bone-House." The latest issue of Inkscrawl includes Sarah Norja's "Betweening", Alexandra Seidel's "Take Me", and Sonya Taaffe's "Antique Water Magic", among others. John W Sexton's "Interview" appeared in Apex. Daniel Ausema's "The Alien Ruins" appeared in The Pedestal. Elizabeth Barrette has published a number of new poems in her Schrodinger's Heroes setting. And the latest issue of StarLine includes work by Jessy Randall ("Review of Your Dream by the Dream Critic"), David C Kopaska-Merkel ("credit limit reached" and "The Spiders of Space"), and AJ Odasso ("Your last word on earth"), among others.

How about some new stories? Beneath Ceaseless Skies features Rose Lemberg's "Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds" and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's "The Girl with Golden Hair." Natalia Theodoridou's "On Post-Mortem Birds" is in Interfictions, Lightspeed's Queers Destroy Science Fiction special includes work by Sarah Pinsker, Amal El-Mohtar, Rose Lemberg, JY Yang, Bogi Takács, Susan Jane Bigelow, and others. Clarkesworld's June issue included "Forestspirit, Forestspirit" by Bogi Takács. Christina Scholz's Weird novelette "Dun da de Sewolawen: The Heart of Silence" is in issue four of The New Accelerator. James Dorr's "Raising the Dead" appears in the steampunk-through-the-ages anthology Airships & Automatons. Genevieve Williams' "Good Behaviour" can be found at Perihelion SF. LS Johnson's "Vendémiare" appears in the anthology B is for Broken. Daily Science Fiction featured Naru Dames' Sundar's "A Revolution in Four Courses" and Rachael K Jones' "Voidrunner". Kate Heartfield's "Bonzaiships of Venus" appears at Glittership. The anthology Hear Me Roar, featuring stories about strong women, includes Jenny Blackford's "The Sorrow", Alter S Reiss' "Catalysis", and others. And a podcast note: Karen Munro's "Deep Deep" appeared at Pseudopod.

Finally, non-fiction: At Interfictions, Keguro Macharia writes about Octavia Butler's Survivor. Matthew Cheney reacts to Sense8. Abigail Nussbaum has thoughts on the fifth season finale of Game of Thrones. Tom Speelman wrote for The Mary Sue about great playlists in comics. Genevieve Valentine has an essay on Mad Max and the feminine desert at The Dissolve. Nina Allan blogs about the tyranny of plot. And Sabrina Vourvoulias put together some "Not the New York Times" summer reading lists for Al Día News: for adults and for young adults.




Stranger Horizons, May 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 31 May 2015 | Comments (0) »

Let's start with new stories this month. Kathrin Köhler kicks off the Booksmugglers' First Contact season with her interactive tale, "Application for the Delegation of First Contact: Questionnaire, Part B." Cassandra Khaw has a new story at The Dark: "An Ocean of Eyes." Arkady Martine's "Adjuva" appeared at Lakeside Circus. The current Apex includes "Remembery Day" by Sarah Pinsker and "A Sister's Weight in Stone" by JY Yang. Tiffani Angus' "The Final Voyage of the World's Oldest Time Traveler" is in Athena's Daughters vol 2, from Silence in the Library, along with stories by JY Yang, Carrie Ryan and others. LS Johnson's "Five Little Seeds" can be found at Wyvern Lit. The latest Uncanny includes A. C. Wise's "The Practical Witch's Guide to Acquiring Real Estate." Daniel José Older's "Ginga" and Kameron Hurley's "Elephants and Corpses" appeared at Tor.com. Benjamin Parzybok's "News of the Week" is in the Spring/Summer issue of West Branch Literary Journal. Jessy Randall has a story in the new Menacing Hedge anthology, and has "Maybe a Witch Lives There in Mythic Delirium. James S Dorr's "Marcie and Her Sisters" is in Reel Dark, edited by L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner. Orrin Grey's "The House of Mars" ("Edgar Rice Burroughs by way of LA Confidential") is available in the collection Slow Boat to Fast City, or as a standalone ebook. Tom Greene's "The Narrative of More" and Seth Dickinson's "Three Bodies at Mitanni" are in the July/August issue of Analog. And Gwynne Garfinkle's "The Imaginary Friend", Alexandra Seidel's "The Marriage of Ocean and Dust", and Kate Heartfield's "Skulldggers" can be found in Postscripts to Darkness vol 6. On the audio front, Drabblecast featured Andrew Kozma's "The Liver" and Sarah Pinsker's "They Sent Runners Out", while Marie Brennan's "Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics as Employed Against Lycanthropes" was at Pseudopod and Lisa Morton's "And Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness" was at Gilttership.

New books: Angels of the Meanwhile, a benefit anthology for Elizabeth R. McClellan's medical costs edited by Alexandra Erin and Rose Fox, includes work by Sonya Taaffe, Bogi Takács, Rose Lemberg, Saira Ali, Amal El-Mohtar and others, and is available on a pay-what-you-want basis from here. Cat Rambo and Fran Wilde's SFWA 50th Anniversary Cookbook is available for pre-order. Tina Connolly's YA fantasy Seriously Wicked, about a girl adopted by a seriously wicked witch, is out from Tor Teen. Grant Stone's novella The Last is out from Paper Road Press, a tale of music and mystery set on a New Zealand farm. Heather Knox's first poetry collection Dowry Meat is out from Words Dance Publishing, including an expanded version of her SH poem, "VIMVIMRECOIL". Faith L. Justice's Sword of the Gladiatrix is out now from Raggedy Moon Books. Margaret L. Carter's shapeshifter erotic romance novella "Bear Hugs" has a new edition paired with Lena Lonseon's "Alpha Mountie", from Ellora's Cave. A couple of serials to finish: the first four episodes of Daniel Ausema's Spire City have gone out to subscribers -- jump on and catch up here. And chapter 10 of Jenn Grunigen's Skyglass is available from Sparkler Monthly.

And in new poetry: Peg Duthie has found poems in the latest issue of Galatea Resurrects. The Quarterly Literature Review of Singapore has published Victor Fernando R. Ocampo's experimental, "Objets trouvés de Singapour", which draws its text from Singapore government slogans and local advertising from the last half-century. Linda Addison has three poems in the Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Edition. Uncanny has Alyssa Wong's, "For the Gardener's Daughter." Mythic Delirium has two poems by Jane Yolen: "Mortar/Pestle" and "Eating and Being Eaten." And Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl theme this month was "language shaping thought."

Non-fiction: Liz Bourke reviews: The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis for Locus, and Radiant State by Peter Higgins for Tor.com. Brit Mandelo and Sonya Taaffe remember Tanith Lee. Abigail Nussbaum has thoughts on Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road. Maureen Kincaid Speller was among those mind melded at SF Signal on the topic of "writing in another's universe." Sofia Samatar is interviewed at Volume 1 Brooklyn. Aidan Doyle has a short article on the Pomodoro Technique for writers, on the SFWA blog. S. L. Huang's essay on intersectionality is in Invisible 2, along with pieces by Bogi Takács, Aliette de Bodard and others. Julia Rios has an essay on the top five myths about YA, at Uncanny. And Zen Cho, Bogi Takács, JY Yang, M. Sereno and Aliette de Bodard have a round-table discussion "On Diversity" at the Booksmugglers.

Finally, a couple of congratulations! Tom Greene's "Another Man's Treasure" won first place in the Analog AnLab Best Short Story category for 2014 (tied with Kristine Kathryn Ruscha), while Usman T. Malik's "Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family" won the Bram Stoker Award for short fiction (tied with Rena Mason). And Alyssa Wong and Carmen Maria Machado are among the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards. Well done to all.




SH at Wiscon: The photos!

posted by Niall Harrison on 26 May 2015 | Comments (0) »

Thanks to Mary Anne Mohanraj, a few photos of the tea party at this year's Wiscon, hosted by fiction editor Catherine Krahe. By all accounts, a good time for everyone who could make it -- thank you to everyone who dropped by!

Also at the tea party, some fill-it-yourself posters in recognition of our fifteenth anniversary, coming up this September. Where does the time go?




SH at Wiscon

posted by Niall Harrison on 18 May 2015 | Comments (0) »

This year's Wiscon is just around the corner, and that means a Strange Horizons tea party! Fiction editor Catherine Krahe will be your host this year, and can be found in room 627 on Sunday afternoon from 3pm:

Celebrate and discuss Strange Horizons at our tea party! The magazine is in its fifteenth year, ready to start asking for the car and bringing it back empty. What's in store for the future? What have you loved, and what do you want to see? Chat with some of our staff and writers, and enjoy your tea.

We're also a co-sponsor of this year's Floomp, on Saturday evening, and you can find various SH contributors and staff across the programme. It looks like being a good con! Hope everyone who's going has a great time.




On History

posted by Niall Harrison on 4 May 2015 | Comments (0) »

As some of you may or may not have noticed, there has been a theme to some of our non-fiction over the past few months; we've had a number of articles, round-tables and columns about history and the fantastic. We're quite pleased with how this has worked out, so we're going to be doing some additional themed strands in the future -- not that all of our material will be squeezed into a theme, or that we will only publish material on these themes, of course. Anyway, you can see some of our future ideas on our non-fiction guidelines page, and for reference, here's all of the "history" material:




Stranger Horizons, April 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 30 April 2015 | Comments (0) »

Time to find out what SH contributors got up to elsewhere in April.

New books: Ken Liu's first novel, epic fantasy The Grace of Kings, is out from Saga; listen to him discuss the book on the Coode St podcast. Cat Rambo's fantasy novel, Beasts of Tabat, is out from Tabat Press. Mary Robinette Kowal's latest novel, the fifth and final volume in her Glamourist Histories, is Of Noble Family. Aliya Whiteley's new novel Skein Island (more here) is out from Dog Horn Publishing. And Joanne Merriam has two anthologies out through Upper Rubber Boot: Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, and How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens (both of which feature a number of SH contributors).

New stories everywhere! Zen Cho's latest is "Monkey King, Faerie Queen", in Kaleidotrope. Sarah Pinsker's "Today's Smarthouse in Love" is in the May/June F&SF (which is on newsstands now). The latest Apex included A.C. Wise's "Silver Buttons All Down His Back", and Octavia Cade's "Crow", the latest in a series of stories about the future of New Zealand's fishing industry. Tor.com this month featured Vandana Singh's "Ambiguity Machines: An Examination", Sabrina Vourvoulias' "The Ways of Walls and Words", and Usman Malik's novella "The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn." The latest Farrago's Wainscot features Paul Jessup's "The Days of Talking Mountains", Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's "Dance Our Shoes to Pieces", and Romie Stott's "Every Hand a Winner." Karen Munro's "The Dead Must Make Way for the Living" appeared at Necessary Fiction. James S. Dorr's "Dead Lines" appeared at Daily Science Fiction. Orrin Grey has a story in Giallo Fantastique, edited by Ross E. Lockhart. L. S. Johnson has one story in the anthology Strange Tales V from Tartarus Press, and another picked as the winner of the 2015 OddContest. Alison Wilgus' "The Last Wild Place" appeared in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. Mat Joiner has a new tale, "Half The War is a Memory of Trees", in Not One of Us #53, just out. Andrew Kozma's "Coin in My Mouth, Coins on My Eyes" appeared in Juked. Virginia M. Mohlere's flash, "A Million Tiny Ropes", appeared in The Journal of Unlikely Coulrophobia, along with Carlie St. George's "Break the Face in the Jar by the Door." A podcast note: Kate Heartfield's "Traveller, Take Me" appeared at Podcastle. And a reprint note: Gwynne Garfinkle's SH story "In Lieu of a Thank You" has been reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk.

Just a few updates on the poetry front. Stone Telling released its joke issue, including work by Susannah Mandel, Mari Ness, Emily Jiang, Jaymee Goh, Alexander Seidel, and others. Margarita Tenser has a poem in the latest issue of Meniscus. Jeannine Hall Gailey's "Post-Apocalypse (With HGTV Magazine)" was featured on the Rumpus. Sara Norja's "The World in Springtime" appeared in The Stare's Nest. A. J. Odasso's "Your last word on earth" is in Star*Line 38.2. Deborah P. Kolodji's haiku "eerie notes" is in the latest Eye to the Telescope, along with work by Mari Ness, Ruth Berman, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo, and others. And Jessy Randall's "Are All of These Shovels Our Shovels? appeared at Eclectica.


And some non-fiction to finish. Sofia Samatar explains why everyone should be reading Carmen Maria Machado; and Carmen reviewed classic lesbian novel Rubyfruit Jungle for Uncovered Classics. Ada Hoffmann has reviewed Michelle Sagara's Silence and T. Michael Martin's End Games for Disability in Kidlit's Autism Month. Abigail Nussbaum has thoughts on Daredevil. The latest Mad Norwegian Press Doctor Who collections is Companion Piece, in which women celebrate the companions that have mattered to them; it includes essays by Gwynne Garfinkle, Foz Meadows, Nina Allan, Amal El-Mohtar, and others. Electra Pritchett has a retrospective review of Kate Elliott's Highroad Trilogy at SF Misstressworks. Matthew Cheney ponders The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction. Maureen Kincaid Speller writes about John Mullan's wrongness about fantasy. And Nina Allan has read the Clarke shortlist.




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