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$8,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/30/13)
Speaking of the fund drive, here's our next bonus content! It's a special podcast, including the two poems from the bonus issue -- Dominik Parisien's "I Am Learning to Forget" and Bryan Thao Worra's "Full Metal Hanuman", followed by a...
Special issue!, by Niall Harrison (09/30/13)
For the last week of the fund drive, we're pleased to present a special issue focusing on Indian and Indian diaspora SF! Our guest curators Anil Menon and Vandana Singh present two stories and a round-table discussion, and we have...
2013 recap: "The Siren", by Niall Harrison (09/29/13)
Rounding out our original fiction for April was "The Siren" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (podcast): When Jen came home from school, she found a woman in the pool in her backyard. At first, as Jen stood at the threshold of...
Stranger Horizons, September 2013, by Niall Harrison (09/29/13)
Time to take a brief break from fund drive promotion, to round-up some contributor news from the past month. On the new stories front, the latest Shimmer includes Ada Hoffmann's "The Herdsman of the Dead", Alex Dally MacFarlane's "Out They...
2013 recap: "Road Test", by Niall Harrison (09/28/13)
April continued with Lane Robins' "Road Test" (podcast): Vey knew he was trouble the first moment she saw him. He swaggered. He posed. He had a thin, wolfish face and a dangerous smile, all sharp edges and white teeth. He...
2013 recap: "The Lucia Bird", by Niall Harrison (09/28/13)
Our first story of April was "The Lucia Bird" by Ryan Simko (podcast). Just our regulars for the reviews this time; for Tangent, Collen Chen writes that: The language, and the coming of age element make this a good young...
$7,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/27/13)
It's nice to round out the week with some more bonus content -- here's Bryan Thao Worra's poem "Full Metal Hanuman": They fling us at empires When a cosmos needs to die. Engineered by the best AI minds Of New...
2013 recap: "A to Z Theory", by Niall Harrison (09/27/13)
We rounded out March with Toh EnJoe's "A to Z Theory", a standalone excerpt from his novel Self-Reference ENGINE. The Aharonov-Bohm-Curry-Davidson-Eigen-Feigenbaum-Germann-Hamilton-Israel-Jacobson-Kauffman-Lindenbaum-Milnor-Novak-Oppenheimer-Packard-Q-Riemann-Stokes-Tirelson-Ulam-Varadhan-Watts-Xavier-Y.S.-Zurek Theorem—called the A to Z Theorem for short—was, for a brief period about three centuries ago, in some sense...
2013 recap: "Town's End", by Niall Harrison (09/26/13)
Our second story of March was "Town's End" by Yukimi Ogawa (audio): At the counter of a marriage agency at the end of the town, I felt my lip twitch in spite of myself. "Pardon me, ma'am?" "I need a...
2013 recap: "I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You", by Niall Harrison (09/25/13)
March began with a goat: Then came that Thursday in February when I stepped into my psychiatrist's office and was presented with a goat. In the May Locus, Rich Horton wrote: Tidbeck's "I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You" is...
2013 recap: "The Clover Still Grows Wild in Wawanosh", by Niall Harrison (09/25/13)
We published this one back in mid-February (audio), and aside from the lesbian-related feedback in the comments, here's what the internet thought. At Tangent, Michelle Ristuccia wrote: I found this story entertaining, yet the narrative felt like a meandering walk...
$6,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/24/13)
And here's our next piece of bonus content: part one of "Red Matty" by Nisi Shawl. The rabbits' village extended far out from its former boundaries: north under the zoo's camel rides and south to the edge of the pond...
This week's issue, by Niall Harrison (09/24/13)
First of all: in the last 24 hours, we've received just under $2,000 in donations, which is an enormous boost to the fund drive and, I suspect, largely due to the visibility of my guest post at Whatever yesterday. Thanks...
$5,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/24/13)
Another lump of donations overnight has taken us clear past $5,000 -- thank you! Here's our next piece of bonus content: Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two, reviewed by Aishwarya Subramanian: We're also given no particular reason why...
$4,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/23/13)
Another big round number means more bonus content: we're delighted to present Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay's essay, "Recentering Science Fiction and the Fantastic: What would a non-Anglocentric understanding of science fiction and fantasy look like?" It's a meaty read, but well worth...
2013 recap: "The Long Road to the Deep North", by Niall Harrison (09/22/13)
You can read Lavie Tidhar's story here, or listen here. Lois Tilton enjoyed it: The narrator conveniently translates the poems for the reader. The trick, I have found, is to speak them aloud – or to listen to the podcast....
2013 recap: "Live Arcade", by Niall Harrison (09/21/13)
Moving on to February in our recap, we reach Erik Amundsen's "Live Arcade" (podcast), the first of this year's stories to get a mention in the print Locus. Says Rich Horton: Eric Amundsen's "Live Arcade" (Strange Horizons, February 7) is...
This Month's Worthiest Cause, by Niall Harrison (09/20/13)
Or so says Charlie Jane Anders, very generously, at io9: Maybe because Strange Horizons is non-profit — unlike most of the other pro SF mags online — the magazine can take more risks sometimes. I've definitely read a ton of...
$3000!, by Niall Harrison (09/19/13)
We've just hit $3,000 raised -- thank you! -- so here's our next piece of bonus content: Rose Lemberg's short story, "Teffeu: A Book from the Library at Taarona": I see it on my shelf sometimes, tucked between the Biblia...
Testimonial 3, by Niall Harrison (09/19/13)
Over to Ian Mond: Look, I’m not prone to bouts of melodrama or have ever been accused of overstating my case. I mean just listen to Writer and The Critic and you’ll hear the measured words of a slightly plump...
This week's issue, by Niall Harrison (09/18/13)
After a slight interruption due to editorial travels, we're back! And in this week's issue we have: Lillian Wheeler's AI tale, "ARIECC 1.0", with podcast read by Anaea Lay Mukete Samuel Oreh's poem, "When Ever Young" Eleanor Arnason's latest column,...
2013 recap: "Dysphonia in D Minor", by Niall Harrison (09/15/13)
Today's trip down (recent) memory lane takes us back to "Dysphonia in D Minor" by Damien Walters Grintalis (podcast here). Lois was underwhelmed by this one, and possibly perplexed by the number of female characters: A story of disillusion. We...
2013 recap: "Inventory", by Niall Harrison (09/14/13)
Continuing our review of this year's stories, our second January tale was "Inventory" by Carmen Maria Machado (podcast here) -- her first pro sale, I believe. Lois Tilton thought it was nicely done but perhaps not sfnal enough: Nicely written,...
$2,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/13/13)
So we've just hit our next bonus content threshold, and published Maureen Kincaid Speller's review of Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. You can read it here: It is not difficult to see why Ben Aaronovitch's first novel, Rivers of...
2013 recap: "Selkie Stories are for Losers", by Niall Harrison (09/12/13)
So one of the things I thought I'd do over the next few weeks is work through the original stories we've published so far this year and round-up the internet's opinions on them. First up: "Selkie Stories are for Losers"...
Testimonials 2, by Niall Harrison (09/11/13)
Nina Allan says nice things about us: SH’s strength as a zine lies in the spread of knowledge, diversity of opinion and passionate commitment of its contributors. Everyone who writes for the magazine, whether as a reviewer or as a...
At the Booksmugglers, by Niall Harrison (09/10/13)
I have a guest posted hosted by the wonderful Book Smugglers today, about the fund drive and twenty-first century sf magazines: What is an sf magazine in the second decade of the twenty-first century? This is not, as you’ll have...
New issue!, by Niall Harrison (09/09/13)
New issue time! This week we have a debut story, Meda Kahn's "Difference of Opinion", Jane Crowley's poem "Triptych", columnist Renay looking at the line between fandom and industry, and reviews of books by Joe Hill, Robin Jarvis, and Dung...
You Have to Follow the Rules, by Niall Harrison (09/08/13)
Here's an easter egg for this week's story, "You Have to Follow the Rules" (podcast); Ada Hoffman has posted notes on the story in two parts, writing and editing. From the first post: So what occurred to me first was...
On reviews, by Niall Harrison (09/07/13)
This morning's total: just over $1,100. A huge thank you to everyone who's donated so far! Jared at Pornokitsch has written a post about five of his favourite SH reviews: Like every site I read, I don't agree with all...
$1000!, by Niall Harrison (09/06/13)
Or $1020, to be precise -- still, enough that we've published the first piece of content from our bonus issue, Dominik Parisien's poem "I Am Learning to Forget." Next up, at $2,000, is a review -- Maureen Kincaid Speller on...
Testimonial, by Niall Harrison (09/05/13)
Sara Norja: I’ve been a huge fan of SH long before I got published in it. It’s the zine I read most consistently, because it consistently has great stories and poems, and other interesting content. I love a lot of...
This Week's Issue, by Niall Harrison (09/04/13)
There's always a bit of a risk that during the first issue of a fund drive the actual new content gets a bit overwhelmed by the fund drive promotion. So, here's a recap of this week's table of contents. Fiction:...
Of Rockets and Fund Drives, by Niall Harrison (09/03/13)
Well, we didn't win a Hugo last weekend: many congratulations to Clarkesworld! It's hard to begrudge them, in a year when they had three stories on the ballot as well, and published fine work by Genevieve Valentine, Yoon Ha Lee,...