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And the 2016 fund drive total is ..., by Niall Harrison (10/18/16)
  $19,752! That's from 453 donors, or, including Patreon supporters from the first year, 678 -- which is a new record for the number of people involved in a fund drive. Thank you all! What it means is: Strange Horizons...
Fund drive: all over!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/16)
That's it! We're done for the year. A thousand thank-yous to everyone who's donated. Hopefully I am now awake again and will be along shortly to tell you how much we've actually raised....
Fund drive: 2 hours to go!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/16)
Hello, people for whom this is a civilized time to be awake! As you may recall from previous posts, since I'm in the UK, I'm in bed. (I hope.) I write to you from the past, hoping that the future...
Fund drive: 4 hours to go!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/16)
We're really down to the business end of things now. You've got just four hours left to donate and be entered into our prize draw. Four hours to make sure you get an ebook of our fund drive special. Four...
Fund drive: 6 hours to go!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/16)
At least, it's six hours if I've done my scheduling right; remember, as explained in the post before this one, I'm asleep. This time I thought I'd pop up and remind you that if you donate, you'll get an ebook...
Fund drive total: $??,???, by Niall Harrison (10/17/16)
We now reach the slightly comical portion of the fund drive in which, due to time zones, I am scheduling posts to remind you to donate even while I am asleep. So I can't give you an update on where...
$18,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/16)
Today, so far, has been an excellent day. A little while ago we applied to SF3, the Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction (a nonprofit that administers Wiscon, among other projects) for a grant to...
$16,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/16)
We've reached our first stretch goal! We've passed $16,000, so as of January 2017 our payment for reviews will be going up from $30 to $40. Thank you to everyone who's donated so far! What's next? Well, as of a...
$15,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/15/16)
  2017 goal reached! So we'll be publishing another twelve months of Strange Horizons: stories, poems, reviews, articles, podcasts, art, and all. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated this year -- we really don't take anything for...
300 patrons!, by Niall Harrison (10/14/16)
Our fund drive special is complete! We've reached 300 patrons (actually a few extra, at the time of writing), and as a result have published Lawrence Schimel's translation of "Terpsichore",  by Argentinian writer Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría.  But not...
$11,500 and $13,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/12/16)
Sometimes the final week goes so fast that we can't keep up. Especially when my day-job takes me on a day-trip to Paris ... but I digress. What I mean to say is: we have not one but two more...
Endorsements, by Niall Harrison (10/10/16)
One week of fund drive to go! $6,000 to raise! (And more than that if we want to add translations and interactive fiction). Why should you donate? Let the good people of Twitter tell you why. SH are an institution...
$9,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/10/16)
We've reached our next fund drive milestone! $9,000 raised means our next bonus content has been published, an extensive round-table discussion of Escape and The Island of Lost Girls by Manjula Padmanabhan, with contributions by Hena Mehta, Samira Nadkarni, and...
$7,500!, by Niall Harrison (10/03/16)
This one feels like a particularly significant milestone: with (at the time of post) exactly 14 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes, and 31 seconds left to go in the fund drive, we've reached $7,500, which is 50% of the funding...
$6,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/27/16)
Another big round number means some more bonus content for you to read: specifically an interview with Garth Nix, conducted by Aishwarya Subramanian at a conference on Hadrian's Wall earlier this year. A taste: Aishwarya Subramanian: You're in Newcastle for...
Catching Up: Next Bonus Content, New Bonus Content, by Niall Harrison (09/25/16)
Apologies for the lack of updates here this week -- as you'll have seen if you have checked the fund drive status, things have been ticking along, and we released the next bonus material from our special issue a couple...
$3,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/16/16)
And now, milestone #2: we've raised $3,000 (woo!) and published Adam Roberts's review of Apocalypse by Frederick Turner. What is that, you wonder? Well: It might surprise us that a firm like Baen Would publish (well: e-publish) such a thing:—...
$1,500!, by Niall Harrison (09/15/16)
This year's fund drive seems to be off to a slightly slower start than last year (you'll want to support at Patreon for an exclusive weekend GRAPH update), but we've just reached $1,500 and published the first material from this...
A Fiction Department Update, by Niall Harrison (09/09/16)
If you're a fiction writer interested in submitting to us, you may have noticed that we've been closed to submissions for an unusually long time, more or less since the end of the Our Queer Planet call, and that we...
Calling Black Critics, by Niall Harrison (09/07/16)
A Twitter thread this evening by Troy L. Wiggins, which among other things points at this comment on the SFWA blog by K. Tempest Bradford, makes me want to amplify part of our editorial response to the Fireside report that...
Stranger Horizons, August 2016, by Jane Crowley (09/02/16)
Apologies for the lateness of this update, but let's see what our Strange Horizons contributors have been upto over the last month (and a bit): New books: Tina Connolly's first full-length short story collection, On the Eyeball Floor and Other...
Stranger Horizons, July 2016, by Niall Harrison (07/31/16)
Let's see what SH contributors got up to elsewhere this month: New books: Two excellent debuts make it Stateside: Nina Allan's The Race (Dan Hartland was enthusiastic about the UK edition for us in 2014) and Indra Das's The Devourers...
Stranger Horizons, June 2016, by Kate Dollarhyde (07/07/16)
With apologies for the delay, it’s time for June’s round up of SH contributor news. In the realm of new books, we have: the release of Claire Humphrey’s debut novel, Spells of Blood and Kin, out now from Thomas Dunne...
We've been nominated for the British Fantasy Awards!, by Jane Crowley (06/07/16)
Strange Horizons has a nomination for best magazine/periodical and Kari Sperring's Matrilines column has a nomination for best non-fiction. The full shortlist is available on the British Fantasy Society's website....
Announcement: The Lemonade Award, by (06/06/16)
As a coda to our Nalo Hopkinson special, we're pleased to reprint her announcement of a new award for the SF community. The award was first announced during her Guest of Honor talk at Wiscon 40. What are we doing...
Hopkinson in the Archives, by Niall Harrison (06/03/16)
This week's special issue isn't the only time we've covered Nalo Hopkinson's work; in our archives you can also find: An interview from 2000, with Mary Anne Mohanraj An interview from 2013, with Sofia Samatar Reviews: Midnight Robber, reviewed by...
Stranger Horizons, May 2016, by Niall Harrison (05/31/16)
Time for this month's round-up of SH contributor news, starting with some new books: Lavie Tidhar's Central Station (one piece of which appeared here in 2012) is out from Tachyon. Aliya Whiteley's novella The Arrival of Missives is out from...
Reminder: Fiction closing to subs today!, by Niall Harrison (05/31/16)
That's right! You have until the end of today (PST) to submit your stories. After that we're closing to submissions for the summer. So what are you waiting for?...
Fiction closing to submissions 1 June, by Niall Harrison (05/26/16)
Brief announcement: the fiction department will be closing to submissions at the end of the day (PST) next Tuesday, 31 May. We've acquired material quite a way ahead, particularly once Our Queer Planet is factored in (and yes, that means...
Stranger Horizons, April 2016, by Niall Harrison (05/01/16)
Ever so slightly late this time, due to events beyond my control (nobody hurt, thankfully), but here's a round-up of April's news: New books this (last) month: In the Labyrinth of Drakes is the latest by Marie Brennan, the fourth...
Award Nominations and News, by Jane Crowley (04/10/16)
We are proud to announce that two pieces of Strange Horizons fiction have been recognised in recent major awards listings. Susan Jane Bigelow's "Sarah's Child" (published May 2014) made the Honor List for the 2015 Tiptree Award. The James Tiptree...
Stranger Horizons, March 2016, by Niall Harrison (03/31/16)
First up this month: congratulations to Adam Roberts, whose review collection Rave and Let Die won this year's BSFA Award for Non-Fiction. New books: Sofia Samatar's new novel The Winged Histories (a companion to A Stranger in Olondria) is out...
Stranger Horizons, February 2016, by Niall Harrison (03/01/16)
Oops, we've slipped over into March already. How did that happen? I think this February news round-up is still good to go, though: We're into awards seasons and there are SH alumni on the Nebula ballot (including Usman T. Malik,...
Stranger Horizons, January 2016, by Niall Harrison (01/29/16)
... and here's the first round-up of 2016. 'tis the season for awards (although when is it not), so we'll start off with congratulations to the eight poets whose work from SH last year is on the Rhysling Awards list;...
Happy new year!, by Niall Harrison (01/04/16)
Welcome to 2016! It being the start of a new year, we have a few notes and updates for you. First, our 2015 Readers' Poll is live. Please vote! We always like to know what's struck a particular chord. You...
Stranger Horizons, November and December 2015, by Niall Harrison (11/30/15)
A double-issue round-up of news, to see you through to the end of the year -- what SH contributors have been up to in November, and what they will by up to in December. So what do they have for...
Fiction and Poetry -- closing to subs in December, by Niall Harrison (11/25/15)
Just a quick note here to say that, as is often the case, the fiction and poetry departments will be closing to submissions in December. So if you have something you've been working on with us in mind, make sure...
Stranger Horizons, October 2015, by Niall Harrison (10/30/15)
October has been something of a blur for me; not just because of the fund drive, but because it's been peak-time for my day job as well. Even more than usual, then, it's pleasant to pause and find out what...
2015 Fund Drive Total, by Niall Harrison (10/20/15)
Well, we hit our third stretch goal, and then some. The final total in this year's fund drive is $20,330! We're all absolutely floored by this. We thought $18,000 was going to be a tough goal -- the highest we've...
The 2015 Fund Drive is Over!, by Niall Harrison (10/20/15)
That's it! No more! I would say we'll all go away and sleep for a week, but as you're reading this I'm probably still in the process of waking up. I'll be putting together the final total as quickly as...
Last Chance To Donate!, by Niall Harrison (10/19/15)
Well, no, that's not quite right; you can donate to us any time of year, we don't mind, honestly. But (again, assuming I've scheduled this right, which is by no means certain), it is your last chance to donate to...
Four Hours To Go, by Niall Harrison (10/19/15)
... this is, if I've scheduled this post correctly; time zones mean that I'm asleep. So maybe we've reached our last stretch goal, maybe we haven't. Either way, frankly, this has been an amazing fund drive: our highest number of...
Two Down, One to Go?, by Niall Harrison (10/19/15)
Time for another quick update before I call it a night -- thanks to the magic of time zones, the fund drive has another 8 hours, 38 minutes, and 53 seconds to run, but I intend to be asleep for...
One Down, Two to Go?, by Niall Harrison (10/19/15)
Well, I've arrived at my hotel, totted up the donations, and it's good news: the current total is $18,623, which means we've already hit one of our stretch goals, to increase pay for poetry in 2016! If we raise...
$18,000! And the final day!, by Niall Harrison (10/19/15)
Good news! We have reached our fund drive goal! Good news! There is still a day left in the fund drive, so you can still donate, and we have stretch goals lined up: if we raise more, we'll be able...
S - t - r - e - t - c - h - ?, by Niall Harrison (10/18/15)
Current total: $17,640 Donations since last update: $864 Fully funded in: $360! Time remaining: 1 day, 12 hours, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds. ... at which point, you may reasonably ask, what happens if we raise more than our goal?...
$17,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/15)
We've reached our penultimate milestone: our final piece of bonus content! $17,000 for us means a brand new Kelly Link story for you: "The Game of Smash and Recovery", with a podcast guest-read by Graeme Dunlop of Podcastle. Here's how...
2 days, 23 hours, 43 minutes, and 17 seconds to go, by Niall Harrison (10/17/15)
Current total: $16,776 Donations since last update: $876 Kelly Link story in: $224! Fully funded in: $1,224 Getting close now! Donate via the fund drive page or Patreon. Thanks!  ...
3 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes, and 7 seconds to go, by Niall Harrison (10/16/15)
Current total: $15,900 Donations since last update: $299 Kelly Link story in: $1,100 Fully funded in: $2,100 Donate via the fund drive page or Patreon. Thanks!  ...
4 days, 7 hours, 37 minutes, and 12 seconds to go, by Niall Harrison (10/15/15)
Current total: $15,601 Donations since last update: $401 Kelly Link story in: $1,399 Fully funded in: $2,399 Donate via the fund drive page or Patreon. Thanks!  ...
4 days, 22 hours, 37 minutes, and 15 seconds to go, by Niall Harrison (10/15/15)
(Stealing an idea from Maureen. Expect irregular updates over the next nearly-five days.) Current total: $15,198 Kelly Link story in: $1,802 Fully funded in: $2,802 Donate via the fund drive page or Patreon. Thank you!  ...
$15,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/14/15)
I went to an excellent convention at the start of the summer: Archipelacon, held in Mariehamn on the Aland Islands. It was excellent because of the location, the programme, the people, and the guests of honour, one of whom was...
$13,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/12/15)
Today we give thanks to the SF blogosphere/mediasphere. After a couple of days in the fund drive doldrums (only $165 donated over this past weekend), we've been jump-started today thanks to John Scalzi (who let me guest post on his...
Bonus draw: original art by Likhain!, by Niall Harrison (10/08/15)
We have another bonus draw for you today -- for a gorgeous original artwork by Likhain. As M. Sereno, you may remember her poem "Seeds", which we published last year (we have another, just as good, forthcoming); as an artist,...
$11,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/07/15)
First up, just to note: yesterday's bonus draw has been run, and a winner has been contacted (donor #306 this year, if you're interested) -- but we have another special draw lined up for tomorrow, so keep an eye out...
$10,000! Bonus draw!, by Niall Harrison (10/06/15)
The final countdown has begun! Yesterday we reached the psychologically reassuring amount of $10,000 raised, but as I type, the clock the webmasters have added to our fund drive pages indicates that we have 13 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes,...
Stranger Horizons, September 2015, by Niall Harrison (10/02/15)
A combination of day-job travel and fund-drive admin means that this round-up is a couple of days late: so let's dive straight in and catch up on new books from September. Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown, a historical fantasy...
50%!, by Niall Harrison (10/02/15)
This has been a good week for the fund drive! As we head into the weekend, with just over two weeks left on the clock, we've raised $9,000. As well as being the half-way mark, of course, it's also our...
Fund Drive Ebook -- 15 Years of SH, by Niall Harrison (10/01/15)
It's been listed as one of the rewards in this year's fund drive from the start: Everyone who donates at least $10 by any route (including Patreon, at any level) will also receive an eBook copy of Strange Horizons: The...
$7,000! 40%! New issue!, by Niall Harrison (09/28/15)
It is all happening today! We've reached our $7,000 tier, which means we've posted new stories by Yukimi Ogawa and Roshani Chokshi; we've published this week's issue, which includes essays by Cheryl Morgan and Renay, a Jupiter Ascending round-table, poetry,...
36%, by Niall Harrison (09/25/15)
Just a quick update on the state of the fund drive. This week we've gone reached (and gone past) one-third of our fund drive goal raised, the fastest we've ever achieved that -- so a huge thank you to everyone...
$5,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/21/15)
... and also a new issue, so we've combined two updates into one. The new issue first: this week we have a story by new writer James Robert Herndon, "Bodies Are the Strongest Conductors"; a poem by Florence Lenaers; and...
$3,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/17/15)
We've hit our second milestone! $3,000 for us means three new poems for you in our fund drive special. And they are: "The Truth of Briars" by Jane Yolen: Here is what I know about briars: They are democratic, all...
$1,000!, by Niall Harrison (09/15/15)
It's always nice when we get off to a good start, and this year we've raised our first $1,000 in less than 24 hours. Thank you! To mark the occasion, here's the first piece of bonus content from our fund...
Fund Drive 2015!, by Niall Harrison (09/14/15)
This year's fund drive is underway! The full details are here, and expect to hear much (much) more about it here over the next few weeks, but the headlines are as follows: We're asking for $18,000 this year. We're treating...
(the fund drive is coming), by Niall Harrison (09/08/15)
(We regret to report that fearless podcast editor Anaea Lay has, through no fault of her own, been stranded in a parallel universe in which this year's fund drive -- that magical time of year when we remind you that...
Stranger Horizons, August 2015, by Niall Harrison (08/31/15)
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,...
Tiptree, by Niall Harrison (08/26/15)
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: A book club discussion of The...
SH at Sasquan, by Niall Harrison (08/18/15)
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...
Stranger Horizons, July 2015, by Niall Harrison (07/30/15)
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...
Stranger Horizons, June 2015, by Niall Harrison (07/02/15)
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...
Stranger Horizons, May 2015, by Niall Harrison (05/31/15)
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...
SH at Wiscon: The photos!, by Niall Harrison (05/26/15)
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...
SH at Wiscon, by Niall Harrison (05/18/15)
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...
On History, by Niall Harrison (05/04/15)
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...
Stranger Horizons, April 2015, by Niall Harrison (04/30/15)
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....
Clarke Day 2015, by Niall Harrison (04/08/15)
It's Clarke shortlist time, but alas I could not get online until now; so let's see, without looking beforehand, how close my thoughts on the shortlist come to whatever the conventional wisdom has turned out to be. As a reminder,...
Stranger Horizons, March 2015, by Niall Harrison (03/31/15)
New books! How to Live on Other Planets, an anthology exploring immigrant experience in SF settings, is out now from Upper Rubber Boot, edited by Joanne Merriam; it includes a lot of SH contributors, such as Zen Cho, Benjamin Rosenbaum,...
Closing to Fiction Submissions in April, by Niall Harrison (03/25/15)
Just a brief notice, as it says in the subject line: we're going to be closing to fiction submissions for the month of April, so if you've been meaning to send us a piece, now's the time. (The deadline for...
Stranger Horizons, February 2015, by Niall Harrison (02/28/15)
'tis the season for awards shortlists, so a few congratulations: David C. Kopaska-Merkel's poetry chapbook "SETI Hits Paydirt" has been nominated for an Elgin Award; Lisa M. Bradley's "Una Canción de Keys", from SH a year ago, has been nominated...
BSFA Non-Fiction Award Nomination, by Niall Harrison (02/14/15)
A brace of British awards announce their shortlists yesterday: you can find the (juried) Kitschies shortlists for "progressive, intelligent and entertaining" speculative literature here, and the (popular vote) British Science Fiction Association Award shortlists here. We're very pleased to have...
Stranger Horizons, January 2015, by Niall Harrison (01/31/15)
Time for our first contributors' new round-up of 2015! A quick congratulations to Carmen Maria Machado to start, whose SH story "Inventory" took third place in this year's Million Writers Award, and who will have two stories in The Year's...
Readers' Poll reminder, by Niall Harrison (01/16/15)
There are, as I type, just a few hours left in our 2014 Readers' Poll -- your chance to tell us what you liked best from the magazine this year. We always love to see what's struck a chord, so...
Stranger Horizons, December 2014, by Niall Harrison (12/22/14)
Time for the last round-up of news for 2014! What have SH contributors been up to elsewhere in December? Publishing and awards: Joanne Merriam's Kickster for How to Live on Other Planets is underway, aiming to be the first science...
Stories from 2014, by Niall Harrison (12/18/14)
We have one more issue to come this year, but this week was our last story of the year, and a couple of people have asked us for a handy index of 2014 SH material. You can of course read...
A Short Hello, by Catherine Krahe (12/01/14)
I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that I am the newest Senior Fiction Editor at Strange Horizons. I’ve been a member of the editorial team since 2011, when I came on board as a first reader, and I’ve enjoyed...
Farewells, by Brit Mandelo (12/01/14)
As Niall has announced, I'm stepping down as senior fiction editor. Life has gotten rather full in the past while, and I've been running lower and lower on the time I need to be able to put in to do...
Stranger Horizons, November 2014, by Niall Harrison (11/30/14)
Time for the penultimate round-up of SH contributor news this year: Some new books you may wish to investigate: Ken Liu has translated The Three Body-Problem by Cixin Liu; see reviews in the WSJ and NY Yimes, and this episode...
Fiction Updates, by Niall Harrison (11/23/14)
Two quick updates from the fiction department: 1) Following the success of the fund drive, we've increased our maximum wordcount for fiction submissions to 10,000 words! 2) As usual, the fiction department will be closing to submission in December --...
And the total is..., by Niall Harrison (11/18/14)
$15,507.64 That's a really nice number to wake up to! It means we reached our stretch goal and then some, so we'll be bringing you some longer stories next year. A huge round of thank-yous to everyone who donated, everyone...
$13,500!, by Niall Harrison (11/17/14)
We -- or rather, you -- have done it! We've reached $13,500, which was our primary goal, so 2015 will see another full year of Strange Horizons stories, poems, reviews, articles, artwork and podcasts. Thank you! Oh yes, and we've...
$12,000!, by Niall Harrison (11/15/14)
This week has been amazing -- thank you to everyone who's donated. I thought it would slow down over the weekend, but nope: we've reached $12,000, and thus published our penultimate piece of bonus content, a new column by John...
2014 recap: October fiction, by Niall Harrison (11/14/14)
And last but not least -- October, the month just gone. Art © 2014 by Mervin Malonzo "Santos de Sampaguitas" by Alyssa Wong (part two; podcast one, podcast two) "Dream Cakes" by Kelly Jennings (podcast) Fund drive bonus story: "Because...
Bonus Prize Draw: Signed Twelve Tomorrows!, by Niall Harrison (11/14/14)
Another day over, another bonus draw concluded (although I won't get a chance to actually determine the winners until tomorrow -- I have tennis tickets today which mean a very early start and not much internet). But wait! There's more!...
$10,500!, by Niall Harrison (11/13/14)
Bonus content time! We've reached our next threshold and published "Salamander Song", with words by Rose Lemberg and music by Emily Jiang: When I was born, the warlord asked my mother to wash her hands in fire, for surely if...
Bonus Prize Draw: Kaleidoscope!, by Niall Harrison (11/13/14)
Well, if you didn't donate yesterday you've missed out on the bonus draw for a copy of Irregularity ... but the good news is, we have another bonus draw today! Donate today by 23.59 PST, and you'll be entered into...
2014 recap: September fiction, by Niall Harrison (11/12/14)
Nearing the end of our fiction recap, here's the lowdown on our September stories: Art © 2014 by Martin Pasco "Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye" by Claire Humphrey (podcast) "Never the Same" by Polenth Blake (podcast) "The Great...
Bonus Prize Draw: Irregularity!, by Niall Harrison (11/12/14)
In addition to the main prize draw, everyone who donates to the fund drive today (by 23.59 PST) will be entered into an additional draw, for one of ten ebook copies of Irregularity! Irregularity is the latest anthology from Jurassic...
$9,000!, by Niall Harrison (11/11/14)
We've reached our next threshold! You can now read the first part of Ann Leckie's new Ancillary Justice story, "She Commands Me and I Obey." Enjoy! Art © 2014 by Tory Hoke Residents of Noage Itray could look up and...
Picking up the Pace, by Niall Harrison (11/11/14)
Well, you can tell it's the final week! We only just published Cassandra Khaw's review, and we're already closing in on our next piece of bonus content -- we just passed $8,500 raised, which means the first part of Ann...
$7,500!, by Niall Harrison (11/11/14)
A flurry of donations overnight (in UK terms) takes us to $7,631 and our next bonus content! Here's Cassandra Khaw's review of two novels by Charlie Human: Charlie Human's urban fantasy Apocalypse Now Now could be tentatively labeled as a...
Fund Drive -- Final Week!, by Niall Harrison (11/10/14)
The countdown is now well underway -- this year's fund drive will end in just over a week, as I write, so if you've been meaning to get around to donate (and entered into the prize draw), now is definitely...
2014 recap: August fiction, by Niall Harrison (11/10/14)
The final week! If you haven't donated yet, there's not much time left. You can even do it before you read this round-up of our August stories. Art © 2014 by Jordan Hourie "Resurrection Points" by Usman T. Malik (podcast)...
$6,000!, by Niall Harrison (11/09/14)
We've published our next piece of fund drive bonus content! You can read Jude Roberts' long interview with Iain Banks, conducted during research for her PhD, here. The interview covers all sorts of aspects of Banks' work, including several that...
2014 recap: July fiction, by Niall Harrison (11/07/14)
Onwards, in our 2014 recap! Here's a reminder of what we published in July. Art © 2014 by Rebecca Huston "Chopin's Eyes" by Lara Elena Donnelly (podcast) "The World Resolute" by E. Catherine Tobler (podcast) "Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic...
2014 recap: June fiction, by Niall Harrison (11/05/14)
We're recapping our 2014 stories, and next up: June! Art © 2014 by Michael Ellis "Tomorrow, We'll Go Yak Herding" by Michelle Ann King (podcast) "Rib" by Yukimi Ogawa (podcast) "Storytelling for the Night Clerk" by JY Yang (podcast) On...
2014 recap: May fiction, by Niall Harrison (11/03/14)
Two weeks left in this year's fund drive (have you donated yet?), and our fiction recap reaches May: Art © 2014 by Bo Moore "Saltwater Economics" by Jack Mierzwa (part two; podcast one and podcast two) "Sarah's Child" by Susan...
2014 recap: April fiction, by Niall Harrison (10/31/14)
Next up in our 2014 recap: April! Art © 2014 by Jeff Ward "Snakebit" by Amanda Downum (podcast) "The Final Girl" by Shira Lipkin (podcast) "Pavlov's House" by Malcolm Cross (podcast) And what have people said about these ones? Snakebit...
Stranger Horizons, October 2014, by Niall Harrison (10/31/14)
Time for our regular round-up of what SH contributors have been up to elsewhere, possibly with some subliminal promotion of the fund drive. And we have all sorts of things this month, starting with… Editing news! A few SH alums...
2014 recap: March fiction, by Niall Harrison (10/29/14)
Onwards in our revisiting of 2014 stories, to March: Art © 2014 by Khale McHurst "Such Lovely Teeth, Such Big Teeth" by Carlie St. George (part two; podcast one and podcast two) "The Mountain Demon's Ballad" by Nathaniel Lee (podcast)...
$4,500!, by Niall Harrison (10/28/14)
We've reached the next fund drive milestone, and so we've published our next piece of bonus content: a new story by Alex Dally MacFarlane, "Because I Prayed This Word" (podcast here): The city appears between the pillars of the cloisters...
2014 recap: February fiction, by Niall Harrison (10/27/14)
Continuing our look back at stories published so far this year: Art © 2014 by Cedric Fiumara Art © 2014 by Tory Hoke "21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus One)" by LaShawn M. Wanak (podcast) "Lysistrata of Mars by Tory Hoke...
$3,500!, by Niall Harrison (10/24/14)
A quiet day today, but a good day yesterday, takes us to just over $3,500 in donations! Our next bonus content is a story by Alex Dally MacFarlane, when we reach $4,500, so why not donate over the weekend?  ...
2014 recap: January fiction, by Niall Harrison (10/24/14)
One of the things we like to do during the fund drive (well, we did it last year and it seemed like a good thing, so here it is again) is to look back at the stories we've published in...
$3,000! (and a bit!), by Niall Harrison (10/23/14)
We actually hit this milestone yesterday, but I'm only getting a chance to blog it now: we've passed $3,000 and unlocked our next bonus content, Arkady Martine's wonderful poem "Cloud Wall"! Here's how it starts: The city does not love...
This week's issue..., by Niall Harrison (10/20/14)
The new issue is up, and what do we have for you this week? "Dream Cakes", a story by Kelly Jennings (with podcast reading by Anaea Lay) "Seeds", a poem by M. Sereno Our latest poetry podcast, featuring work by...
$2400!, by Niall Harrison (10/17/14)
Time for another fund drive update, and as the subject line above states, we've just reached $2,400. This is the highest total at this stage of the fund drive since I took over the magazine, and by a healthy margin...
$1,500!, by Niall Harrison (10/14/14)
We've reached the first milestone in this year's fund drive issue, so here's our first bonus content! Adam Roberts reviews Jeff VanderMeer's recent trilogy, Southern Reach: Trying to think what one word best describes Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy. I...
$1,000, by Niall Harrison (10/14/14)
Twelve hours into this year's fund drive, and we've raised our first $1,000 - thanks to everyone who's donated so far! Our first bonus content this year will be at $1,500, and will be Adam Roberts' review of Jeff VanderMeer's...
2014 Fund Drive underway!, by Niall Harrison (10/13/14)
This week's issue (as well as having the conclusion of Alyssa Wong's story, a poem by Penny Stirling, Renay's latest column, and reviews) sees the launch of this year's fund drive! We're hoping to raise $13,500 this year, with a...
Stranger Horizons, September 2014, by Niall Harrison (09/30/14)
Crowdfunding first, this time: Sabrina Vourvoulias directs our attention to the Latino/a Rising Kickstarter, which is aiming to fund the first collection of US Latino/a science fiction, fantasy and other speculative fiction. It will be edited by Matthew David Goodwin,...
A Brief Hiatus, by Niall Harrison (09/29/14)
Very brief, in fact: this is just to note (and say sorry for the fact) that there is no issue of Strange Horizons this week, 29th September, and to say that we'll be back as usual next Monday. The glitch...
A Last-Minute Boost, by Niall Harrison (09/16/14)
Where does the time go? I've been meaning to blog about Accessing the Future all month, and suddenly there are only 13 hours (at the time of writing) left on the crowdfunding clock. So: this is the next Future Fire...
News From Reviews, by Niall Harrison (09/15/14)
As you may have seen in this week's editorial, we're preparing for some changes in the reviews department. Current Reviews Editor Abigail Nussbaum is stepping down at the end of the year, and she's in the process of handing over...
Dwarf Stars, by Niall Harrison (09/11/14)
The SF Poetry Association has announced this year's winners of its Dwarf Star Awards, and first and second place have been taken by SH poems! The Dwarf Stars are for short speculative poems up to 10 lines long. So, congratulations...
Stranger Horizons, August 2014, by Niall Harrison (08/31/14)
A quick apology first: I meant to write a proper report on Loncon 3, honestly I did, and yet somehow it has not happened and seems unlikely to happen any time soon. Thus I direct you to the flickr tag,...
Strange Horizons at Loncon!, by Niall Harrison (08/11/14)
And suddenly, it was time for Loncon! I'm honestly not sure where the rest of this year went, but here we are, with this year's Worldcon kicking off later this week -- and no shortage of other genre events in...
Fiction Closed to Submissions, by Niall Harrison (08/07/14)
As previously noted, as of today the fiction department is closed to submissions until September 15th. You can, of courses, continue to submit other material....
Stranger Horizons, July 2014, by Niall Harrison (08/03/14)
A couple of days late this month, because I've been on holiday for the past week: so let's get to it. What have SH contributors had going on in July? A couple of crowdfunding projects to begin: first, Rose Lemberg's...
Fiction Department Closing, by Niall Harrison (07/14/14)
... for a few weeks. Due to (a) having quite a lot of material in inventory, and (b) editorial travels, the fiction department will be closed to submissions from August 7th to September 15th. So if you've been meaning to...
Stranger Horizons, June 2014, by Niall Harrison (06/30/14)
What have SH contributors been up to in June? In new books coming soon news, Simon & Schuster's new SF imprint Saga announced their launch titles, which includes novels by Genevieve Valentine and Ken Liu, coming next spring. Meanwhile, this...
Sturgeon Award!, by Niall Harrison (06/12/14)
Some very good magazine news this week: Sarah Pinsker's story from last year, "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind", has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award! Many congratulations to Sarah. You can read her story here, or listen to it...
Reviews and blog comments disabled, by Niall Harrison (06/06/14)
A quick update: as it says in the title of this post, comments on our reviews and on this blog have been disabled. Unfortunately, the Movable Type installation we use for those areas of the site is being overwhelmed by...
Stranger Horizons, May 2014, by Niall Harrison (06/01/14)
A day late with this installment, for which apologies; I've been on the road for the last week, and my final stop unexpectedly involved a lack of internet. Still, better late than never, here's the round-up of contributor news from...
On Dialect, by Niall Harrison (05/18/14)
Last Monday, we posted a review of Long Hidden, a new anthology edited by Daniel José Older and Rose Fox; a number of commenters were disappointed and/or hurt by the way the review approached its subject, in particular its critique...
Stranger Horizons, April 2014, by Niall Harrison (04/30/14)
As usual, we start this round-up of SH contributor news with some new books: Emily Jiang's Summoning the Phoenix ("Poems and prose about Chinese musical instruments", illustrated by April Chu), is out from Shen's Books (and got a starred review...
Hugo nominations!, by Niall Harrison (04/19/14)
This year's Hugo ballot is out! Many congratulations to Sofia Samatar, whose SH story "Selkie Stories are for Losers" (audio) is a nominee in the Short Story category, and who is herself a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award...
Fiction Submissions Errors, by Niall Harrison (04/19/14)
It looks like a bug has developed with our fiction submissions form -- some people's submissions are not being correctly converted and sent on to the fiction editors. If your submission has been received, you will receive an autoresponse within...
Stranger Horizons, March 2014, by Niall Harrison (03/31/14)
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...
Poetry reading tonight!, by Niall Harrison (03/24/14)
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!, by Niall Harrison (03/11/14)
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...
Rhysling Longlists, by Niall Harrison (03/11/14)
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: "Triptych" by Jane Crowley...
Stranger Horizons, February 2014, by Niall Harrison (02/28/14)
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....
Con or Bust update, by Niall Harrison (02/28/14)
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...
Recommendations Round-Up, by Niall Harrison (02/25/14)
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...
Con or Bust 2014, by Niall Harrison (02/07/14)
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...
January 2014 Poetry Acceptances, by Adrienne Odasso (02/02/14)
"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...
Stranger Horizons, January 2014, by Niall Harrison (01/31/14)
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,...
2013 Readers' Poll -- last day!, by Niall Harrison (01/20/14)
As it says above -- you have until 23.59 PST to cast your votes in this year's Readers' Poll. Please do! It's always fascinating to see the results. And then remind everyone else you know who reads us to vote,...
Readers' Poll, by Niall Harrison (01/15/14)
Just a quick note to point out that along with all the other goodies in this week's issue is this year's Readers' Poll! You can use the form here to vote for your favourite stories, poems, articles, reviewers and columnists...
Awards Eligibility, by Niall Harrison (01/08/14)
This week sees round whatever of this debate, occasioned by the opening of nominations for this year's Hugo Awards. I lean more towards the side of reticence about this sort of thing, for reasons that are probably easily explained, but...
Two Loncon 3 competitions, by Niall Harrison (01/04/14)
Another bit of promotion for elsewhere; this year's Worldcon, Loncon 3, is running two competitions, one with an imminent deadline, one slightly less imminent. First up, the traditional Hugo Awards base design competition: The winning design should have a theme...
SF Reading Survey, by Niall Harrison (01/01/14)
Happy new year! We're back properly next week, with our first issue of 2014 on Monday. In the meantime, Ken Schneyer has emailed to say he's set up a short survey about the SF readership, and is interested in getting...
Stranger Horizons, November/December 2013, by Niall Harrison (12/18/13)
After an unscheduled hiatus, here's an end-of-year round-up of what SH contributors have been up to. Starting with some new books. Alan DeNiro's latest collection Tyrannia And Other Renditions is out from Small Beer Press (we published the title story...
Stranger Horizons, October 2013, by Niall Harrison (10/31/13)
Let's start with new books this time around. In timely fashion, given this week's interview, Lavie Tidhar's The Violent Century is out from Hodder, while Shimon Adaf's Sunburnt Faces is launched by PS Publishing at World Fantasy Convention tomorrow afternoon....
This week's issue, by Niall Harrison (10/30/13)
To finish off October, we have: "The Convergence Between Poetry and the Fantastic": a long interview/conversation between Shimon Adaf and Lavie Tidhar "The Man From the Yellow Star" by Elana Gomel: this month's reprint essay, about Russian Jews, SF and...
This week's issue, by Niall Harrison (10/21/13)
It's that time again. This week we have for you: Sunny Moraine's story "Event Horizon", with podcast reading by Anaea Lay. "On Tuesdays and Thursdays we go to feed the house...." April Grant's poem, "Ivy" And in reviews, Paul Kincaid...
This week's issue, by Niall Harrison (10/15/13)
The lineup: This week's story is "Three on a Match" by Steve Berman; with podcast reading, as ever, by Anaea Lay. This week's poem is "Slouching Towards the Garden" by Margarita Tenser John Clute's latest Scores takes on Andrew Milner's...
WSFA Small Press Award, by Niall Harrison (10/15/13)
Over the weekend, the winner of this year's WSFA Small Press Award was announced -- and it was Ken Liu's story "Good Hunting", which we published last year! Many congratulations to Ken, and we're all thrilled....
PS, by Niall Harrison (10/08/13)
If you still have money to spare left after the fund drive, I'd direct your attention to these fine projects: Crossed Genres is having a subscription drive, aiming for 600 subscriptions by December. Among many other stories, they published Nisi...
And the total is ..., by Niall Harrison (10/08/13)
The final donations are in, and have been tallied, and the total for the 2013 SH fund drive is ... $12,958! Or as close to our overall goal as makes no difference.   This is a brilliant result -- when...
... and that's a wrap, by Niall Harrison (10/08/13)
That's it -- the fund drive is over for another year. I'm travelling today, so it will take me a little while to get a final total together, and then a couple of days more to start sorting out the...
The last hour, by Niall Harrison (10/07/13)
  I'll be honest: I don't actually know what the fund drive total is at the moment, because I'm asleep. But before I went to bed, we were at $11,573. If I've scheduled this post right, there's an hour to...
This week's issue, by Niall Harrison (10/07/13)
It being a Monday, of course, we also have a new issue for you, featuring: Lara Elena Donnelly's story, "The Witches of Athens", with podcast reading by Anaea Lay Marchell Dyon's poem, "How a Mermaid spends her winters" Genevieve Valentine's...
$11,000 -- and the last day!, by Niall Harrison (10/07/13)
Yep, we just reached our primary goal -- thank you! Another full year of Strange Horizons, coming right up.   There's still (as I write) thirteen hours left in the fund drive, though -- so don't let me stop you...
2013 recap: "A Plant (Whose Name is Destroyed)", by Niall Harrison (10/06/13)
Seth Dickinson's story (audio) rounded out August for us. First sentence: Naveen's boyfriend is now certainly a god. Daniel Woods wrote it up for Tangent: In its simpliest light, this is a story about two people who love each other...
2013 recap: "Din Ba Din", by Niall Harrison (10/06/13)
Next up in August, we had "Din Ba Din" by Kate MacLeod (audio). The freshly turned earth soaks through my jeans to chill my knees and I sit back, pushing the hair from my eyes. A sticky wetness slicks over...
2013 recap: "Complicated and Stupid", by Niall Harrison (10/06/13)
Moving into August, we reach Charlie Jane Anders' "Complicated and Stupid" (audio): Benjamin Furst went to his doctor and said, "I want to fall in love with my wife again." Benjamin had read some story about a poet who re-fell...
2013 recap: "Ten Cigars", by Niall Harrison (10/05/13)
July concludes with CSE Cooney's "Ten Cigars" (audio). Careful Angela did the matches. They solemnly passed the cigar around, sucking the non-lit end and exhaling deeply. Only Rosa got it right. She coughed up ten butterflies right away. Matthew Nadelhaft...
2013 recap: "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind", by Niall Harrison (10/05/13)
Another two-parter to kick off July: you can read part one of Sarah Pinsker's story here (audio), and part two here (audio). "Don't leave." The first time he said it, it sounded like a command. The tone was so unlike...
2013 recap: "Longfin's Daughters", by Niall Harrison (10/05/13)
Finally in June, we had "Longfin's Daughters" by OJ Cade (audio): Three sisters lived next to an eel pond. The oldest sister fed the eels each morning, just before dawn. She fed them chicken pieces and crooned, felt them wind...
2013 recap: "Collateral Memory", by Niall Harrison (10/04/13)
Next up in June was "Collateral Memory" (audio), by Sabrina Vourvoulias: Child's play. Tag. Hide and seek. Duck, duck, goose. A group of people thrown together for an afternoon, or an hour, or a lifetime. Someone chasing. Someone running. Someone...
2013 recap: "Jinki and the Paradox", by Niall Harrison (10/04/13)
Our recap reaches June, and Sathya Stone's "Jinki and the Paradox" (audio): Mr. Quest made people out of cards. He took a deck of cards, hearts and spades and diamonds and clubs, and he gave them little heads and little...
2013 recap: "Hiding on the Red Sands of Mars", by Niall Harrison (10/04/13)
Anaea Lay's two-parter -- part one (audio), part two (audio) -- was our second story for May. Esteban and I were trying to get high by eating cactus blossoms when I spotted the dust cloud on the horizon. We were...
$10,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/04/13)
Here it is! The final piece of content for our 2013 fund drive bonus issue is the conclusion of Nisi Shawl's "Red Matty" (audio). If for some inexplicable reason you have not yet read part one, you can do so...
2013 recap: "Hear the Enemy, My Daughter", by Niall Harrison (10/04/13)
Heading into May, our first story was Kenneth Schneyer's "Hear the Enemy, My Daughter" (podcast): Everything about Kesi reminds me of her father. Her hair is crinklier than mine, because Jabari's was. Her skin is a darker shade of brown...
Splitting the Difference, part 2, by Niall Harrison (10/03/13)
The second half of this week's Indian SF round-table is now live, and can be found here. This part covers writerly goals and influences, postcolonialism and self-definition, and some recommendations! Question 4: The worlds of the future in golden-age SF...
$9,000!, by Niall Harrison (10/02/13)
The goal is getting closer! So here's our next piece of bonus content, an interview with Helen Oyeyemi (and if you haven't read her novels, you absolutely should right now): NH: All your novels strike me as political to a...
$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,...
Stranger Horizons, August 2013, by Niall Harrison (08/31/13)
A little weekend reading for those of you not at LoneStarCon 3, with our monthly round-up of SH contributor news. Here are some new stories. Unlikely Story (co-edited by AC Wise) has published its latest issue, including a new story...
Quote for the Day, by Niall Harrison (08/15/13)
NK Jemisin: If SFWA chooses in favor of the bigots, there won’t be blood in the streets. Everyone else will simply go off build their own, more inclusive, institutions — which is already happening, actually, and has been for awhile....
Confidentiality again, by Niall Harrison (08/04/13)
Quick note: we've expanded and clarified some aspects of our submissions confidentiality statement....
Stranger Horizons, July 2013, by Niall Harrison (07/31/13)
I don't know about you, but July just whipped past for me, and August is likely to go nearly as fast. Just before we get there, though, here's our monthly round-up of SH contributor news, starting with a congratulations to...
Reading Notes, by Niall Harrison (07/24/13)
… being a round-up of thoughts on some of the new (that is, 2013) books I’ve read so far this year, and some related items. The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (Jo Fletcher Books). There’s an awful...
Confidentiality statement added to guidelines, by Niall Harrison (07/24/13)
A quick note to say that we've added an explicit confidentiality statement to our submission guidelines index page. We've added this because we've received a couple of queries about the confidentiality of our submissions process, prompted by an ongoing investigation...
Women in (UK) SF (again), by Niall Harrison (07/11/13)
Julie Crisp, Editorial Director at Tor UK: “The sad fact is, we can’t publish what we’re not submitted. Tor UK has an open submission policy – as a matter of curiosity we went through it recently to see what the...
Farewell to Paraphernalia, by Niall Harrison (07/02/13)
As you may already have seen if you've read this week's issue, we're bidding farewell to Mark Plummer's column Paraphernalia, after 14 instalments and just over two years. It's been a good run, and I've very much enjoyed having him...
Stranger Horizons, June 2013, by Niall Harrison (06/29/13)
Kicking off with some congratulations (in addition to the Campbell and Sturgeon winners mentioned previously: at the Bram Stoker Awards, Marge Simon won the award for Superior Achievement in Poetry, for her collection Vampires, Zombies and Wanton Souls, while Lucy...
Sturgeon and Campbell winners, by Niall Harrison (06/15/13)
Very exciting news from this year's Campbell Conference: Molly Gloss's "The Grinnell Method" has won this year's Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award! We're very proud to have been able to publish that story. Congratulations also to Adam Roberts, whose Jack Glass...
Donations, by Niall Harrison (06/13/13)
I have a backlog of several posts I want to write, but life keeps getting in the way; however, this one is time-sensitive. There's a donations drive ongoing for the Carl Brandon Society today; John Scalzi pledged to match the...
Stranger Horizons, May 2013, by Niall Harrison (05/31/13)
First of all this month, congratulations to the newly online Interfictions, which posted its first issue this week! Both masthead and table of contents include some familiar names. The poetry selections include work by Paul Jessup, Gwynne Garfinkle, Rose Lemberg,...
SH at Wiscon, by Niall Harrison (05/25/13)
Hello to everyone at Wiscon! Hope you're having a great time. This is just a quick note to say that, as usual, we'll be having a tea party, hosted by Brit and Julia, on Sunday afternoon, 15.00-16.30 in room 629,...
Strange Horizons w/c 6th May, by Rachel Monte (05/12/13)
This week, we have:Kenneth Schneyer's short story, "Hear the Enemy, My Daughter" and the podcast read by Anaea LayA poem by Jane Tolmie and Perry Rath, "Book of Voles (Excerpts)"Rochita Loenen-Ruiz's column, "Movements: So what do you think of my...
Sturgeon and Campbell, by Niall Harrison (05/11/13)
The original odd couple have their award shortlists out, and we're very excited to see two SH stories listed as Sturgeon finalists! Congratulations to Kate Bachus, Molly Gloss, and all the other nominated authors. “Things Greater Than Love”, Kate Bachus...
Strange Horizons w/c 29th April, by Rachel Monte (05/06/13)
This week we had:Tansy Rayner Roberts' introduction to Lucy Sussex's "My Lady Tongue", which was also podcast by Anaea LaySophie Mayer's poem, "That Sonnet Is a Fragment (Anagrammatic) of ConstellationAnd in reviews, we had part one and part two of...
And the winner is ..., by Niall Harrison (05/01/13)
This year's Arthur C. Clarke Award winner, as announced a little while ago at the Royal Society in London, is ... Dark Eden by Chris Beckett ... and once again the judges ignore the 'wisdom' of the commenting crowd. Chris...
Notes on a Shortlist 2013, by Niall Harrison (05/01/13)
The problem with collecting everybody else's reviews is the lingering sense that it's all been said. Perhaps it has, and perhaps a consensus is forming. Opinions as to the merits of four of the shortlisted novel certainly range quite widely,...
Stranger Horizons, April 2013, by Niall Harrison (04/30/13)
First up in our review of SH contributor news for April, congratulations to Leah Bobet, whose poem "Hold Fast", which we published last June, is on the ballot for this year's Aurora Awards! Other awards news: Lawrence Schimel's picture book...
Clarke 2013, in reviews, by Niall Harrison (04/30/13)
Round-ups and shortlist reviews Anne Charnock David Hebblethwaite Farah Mendlesohn -- and thoughts on eligible books by women Abigail Nussbaum Jared Shurin LiveJournal poll Nod by Adrian Barnes Reviewed by Eric Brown for The Guardian Reviewed by Anne Charnock at...
Loncon 3 membership rate rise, by Niall Harrison (04/30/13)
A quick reminder! The membership rates for Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon, are going up tomorrow -- so if you're thinking of attending, and you should be because it will be excellent, think about joining today. You can also arrange...
Clarke Commentary 3, by Niall Harrison (04/27/13)
We're heading into the Clarke endgame for this year -- the winner will be announced this coming Wednesday. Among other things this means we're starting to get to the stage where people have read the books and we get actual...
Further SF Count discussion, by Niall Harrison (04/26/13)
An article in Slate by Alex Heimbach, a post at New Statesman by Alex Hern, and a post at MetaFilter by Martin Wisse. Further discussion at Goodreads, Sci-Fi Fan Letter and James Nicoll's LJ. Also: partly in response to the...
Speculative Fiction 2012 published, by Niall Harrison (04/25/13)
For your consideration: the print edition of Speculative Fiction 2012: the year's best online essays, reviews, and commentary is now available, from Amazon UK or Amazon US, with electronic editions to follow shortly. I've been perusing the final table of...
SF Count Update, by Niall Harrison (04/24/13)
One of the articles in this week's issue was our SF Count for 2012, looking at gender balance in SF reviewing. This post is for a few follow-up notes. First of all, thanks to Annalee Newitz at io9, Rebecca Pahle...
CSZ 3.2, by Niall Harrison (04/23/13)
The latest Cascadia Subduction Zone is out, and once again I encourage you to buy the issue or subscribe (for a mere $16!). You may have noticed in this week's SF count that CSZ is the only zine surveyed to...
Translating EnJoe, by Niall Harrison (04/23/13)
Those who enjoyed Toh EnJoe's "A to Z Theory" a few weeks ago may like this interview with Terry Gallagher, who talks about translating the book from which the story is taken, Self-Reference ENGINE: We all bring our own subjective...
Granta, by Niall Harrison (04/16/13)
Back from holiday, back at work, and back (if I can manage it) to occasional blogging. First up, some more UK literary news: Granta has published its list of the Best Young British Novelists 2013; see other coverage in the...
Clarke Commentary 2, by Niall Harrison (04/06/13)
Cheryl Morgan's take: The word that worries me most is “technically”, because it makes it sound like books were being rejected on a technicality. I suspect that Liz probably didn’t mean that, but it is how it came over to...
Clarke Commentary, by Niall Harrison (04/04/13)
In this day and age, much of yesterday's discussion of the Clarke Award shortlist took place on Twitter, which makes it unfortunately ephemeral and hard to track; the hashtag includes some but by no means all of the commentary. Had...
Clarke 2013: The Shortlist, by Niall Harrison (04/04/13)
After the debate, the shortlist for the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2012: Nod by Adrian Barnes (Bluemoose) Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus) Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann) The Dog Stars by Peter Heller...
Stranger Horizons, March 2013, by Niall Harrison (03/30/13)
First of all this month, some congratulations. Two SH stories, Claire Humphrey's "Nightfall in the Scent Garden", and Alex Dally MacFarlane's "Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints", have been picked up for Heiresses of Russ 2013 -- you can...
Speculative Fiction 2012 update, by Niall Harrison (03/21/13)
I mentioned this project last autumn, and I'm very pleased to see it coming to fruition: Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary edited by Justin Landon and Jared Shurin will be published at the end of...
Clarke 2013, by Niall Harrison (03/21/13)
Another bit of catch-up. While I was travelling, the submissions list for this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award was released, which this year clocks in at a hefty 82 books. As usual there was a bit of discussion. Jared Shurin...
Reviewing Stats 2012, by Niall Harrison (03/20/13)
VIDA have published their mainstream reviews count for 2012, and Ladybusiness have done an analysis of reviewing on sf/f blogs. And see also Matthew Cheney's writeup of the VIDA panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. We're...
Loncon 3 Update, by Niall Harrison (03/20/13)
As I think I've mentioned in passing, I've acquired another hat, that of area head for media programme (film, TV, video games, theatre, radio, etc) at next year's London worldcon, Loncon 3. So you can expect occasional updates about activity...
2312 revisited, by Niall Harrison (03/19/13)
2312 is one of those novels I keep mentioning as a good thing, without ever having properly reviewed it; the most I've written about it is this post from last June, which exists mostly to pick a nit with M....
Tiptree Award, by Niall Harrison (03/19/13)
Also in the last little while, the 2012 James Tiptree Jr Award, for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender, was announced. Here's the winners and honor list, with links to SH reviews where available:...
Channel Flips Complete!, by Niall Harrison (03/19/13)
This week, I feel, is mostly going to be about blogging catch-up, and linking to things I should have linked to a while ago. First of all: you may recall that Genevieve Valentine generously but perhaps unwisely offered to channel...
Coming soon ..., by Niall Harrison (03/15/13)
We don't do very much in terms of trailing future content here at SH -- perhaps we should do more? -- but here's an exception. On Monday, we're rather excited to be bringing you a story by Japanese author Toh...
Readers' Poll closes today!, by Niall Harrison (03/11/13)
Just a quick reminder that our 2012 Readers' Poll closes at the end of the day (23.59 PST, to be precise) -- so if you haven't yet voted for your favourite works that we published in 2012, please go and...
Tidbeck Plus, by Niall Harrison (03/09/13)
As you will (I hope!) have seen by now, this week's issue features a great new story by Karin Tidbeck, "I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You" (podcast here, read by Anaea Lay). For a bit more about Tidbeck and...
Sciencefictional in Atlanta, by Niall Harrison (03/09/13)
This year's US business trip has brought me to Atlanta (last year, Seattle); as before I've stayed on for a few days, during which among other things I've paid a visit to the CDC Museum (the CDC has a museum!),...
Your weekly Readers' Poll reminder, by Niall Harrison (03/06/13)
Have you cast your votes in our 2012 Readers' Poll yet? If not, you can do so here -- until the poll closes on Monday, anyway....
Hugo nominations, by Niall Harrison (03/05/13)
The deadline is fast approaching -- deadline is Sunday -- so here are some links to some last-minute recommendations and blogged nominations. Henry Farrell Jonathan McCalmont (which also links to some other nominations posts) Aiden Moher Rachel Swirsky's short story,...
Strange Horizons w/c 25th February, by Rachel Monte (03/03/13)
This week, we had:"Write Your Heart Out", an interview with Nalo Hopkinson by Sofia SamatarA poem by Darja Malcolm-Clarke, "The Haunting of Delphi"A podcast of poetry read from the February issues of Strange Horizons, by Alex Dally MacFarlane, Amal El-Mohtar,...
Seraphina Discussion, by Niall Harrison (03/02/13)
I meant to link these at the time they were posted, but you know how it goes. There's been some fascinating discussion of Rachel Hartman's Seraphina recently which highlights the complexities of writing fantasy metaphors. First up, a critique by...
Stranger Horizons, February 2013, by Niall Harrison (02/28/13)
Time for our monthly round-up of some of the things SH contributors have been getting to elsewhere; as ever, if you have something to include in next month's post, let me know. In the spirit of keeping track of SH...
Progressive SF?, by Niall Harrison (02/27/13)
The Kitschies awards, previously discussed here, have announced their winners: Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker took the Red Tentacle for best novel, Karen Lord's Redemption in Indigo took the Golden Tentacle for Best Debut, Dave Shelton's cover for A Boy and a...
This week..., by Niall Harrison (02/27/13)
We have various exciting things for you in this week's issue: An interview with Nalo Hopkinson by Sofia Samatar: "I wish more fantasy, especially the dominant fantasy that draws heavily on British and Christian lore, would wrestle with its own...
Nebula nominees, by Niall Harrison (02/20/13)
First with the nominees this year seems to be SF Site. SF Site broke the embargo, but here's the official SFWA announcement. No SH stories on the ballot, alas, but fiction editor Brit Mandelo is nominated for her rather good...
Crawford Award, by Niall Harrison (02/05/13)
This year's winner of the William L. Crawford Award for first fantasy book has been announced: Jagganath by Karin Tidbeck! I'll direct you to Indrapramit Das' review in these pages for an enumeration of this collection's virtues. The full shortlist:...
Situations Vacant, by Niall Harrison (02/04/13)
Just a quick reminder that we're still recruiting for a couple of positions at the moment; if you're interested in being a First Reader or Webmaster for SH, details of how to apply can be found at the link. Thanks!...
Recommended!, by Niall Harrison (02/04/13)
On Friday, Locus published their annual, stunningly comprehensive Recommending Reading List for 2012's speculative fiction and, pleasingly, five SH stories were included: "The Keats Variation" by KM Ferebee "The Grinnell Method" by Molly Gloss "Things Greater Than Love" by Kate...
A Month of Podcasts, by Niall Harrison (02/03/13)
It's true! I can't quite believe it either, but we have already completed our first month of podcasts. Have you listened? If so, what did you think? If not -- here are some catch-up links. 7 January: "Selkie Stories are...
Second Month of Reading Redux, by Adrienne Odasso (02/03/13)
Unlike my first month on duty, which was September 2012, this month's exercise was, to say the least, manic. Last time, I saw just under 200 submissions; this time, I saw at least 300. Given that we're still facing a...
Con or Bust, by Niall Harrison (01/30/13)
Con or Bust, the non-profit that raises money to send people of colour to sf conventions has a shiny new website, and is gearing up for its annual auction. You can browse the list of items already up, or submit...
Stranger Horizons, January 2013, by Niall Harrison (01/28/13)
After a Christmas/New Year/moving house break, Stranger Horizons returns! This is our regular round-up of interesting things SH contributors have been getting up to elsewhere. Enjoy. First of all, a quick review of December projects, since there wasn't a post...
The Awards Must Flow, by Niall Harrison (01/18/13)
First out of the shortlist blocks this year: the Philip K Dick Award for science fiction paperback published in the US: Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot (Black Cat) Harmony by Keith Brooke (Solaris) Helix Wars by Eric Brown...
Fiction Department Remaining Closed through January, by Brit Mandelo (01/01/13)
While previously scheduled to re-open to submissions after our customary December closure, the Strange Horizons fiction department is going to remain closed through February 1st. This is because, due to many great submissions, we have filled our publishing schedule through...
Catching Up With 2013, by Niall Harrison (01/01/13)
Welcome to another year of Strange Horizons! This week's issue was technically published way back in 2012, but it's still good reading: we have Adrienne J. Odasso's poem "Fairy Beekeeper", Thomas M. Ingram's essay on Wagner's influence on epic fantasy,...
Poetry Department December Update, by Adrienne Odasso (12/08/12)
As Niall mentioned a handful of posts down, we are closed to submissions for the month of December (just like the Fiction Department). As this was meant to be my next month on the reading-subs rota, I will now be...
The Grinnell Method, by Niall Harrison (12/07/12)
I don't normally link to reviews of SH material from here (should I?), but the Molly Gloss story we published earlier this year, "The Grinnell Method", has picked up two excellent critical responses that deserve to be read on their...
Stranger Horizons, November 2012, by Niall Harrison (12/03/12)
A little late this month, for which apologies; last week rather got away from me. But here's the third instalment of our new regular round-up of what SH contributors have been getting up to elsewhere. As ever, if you're a...
Strange Horizons, w/c 26th November, by Rachel Monte (12/02/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Fran Wilde's article, "Cooking the Books: The Roundtable"Rose Lemberg's poem, "The Three Immigrations"And reviews of Yves Meynard's Chrysanthe, by Maria Velazquez, Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead, by Liz Bourke, and Jeff Noon's Channel Sk1n,...
Locus Poll Picks, by Niall Harrison (11/30/12)
As you may have seen, Locus are running a poll to find the best sf of the 20th and 21st centuries; it ends today. I've seen various other people (Nina Allan [pdf], Martin Lewis, Cheryl Morgan, Ian Sales) post their...
Year's Best, by Niall Harrison (11/27/12)
Jonathan Strahan has announced the table of contents for his 2012 Year's Best, and we're very pleased to see that among the stories included is Molly Gloss' "The Grinnell Method." Here's the full contents, with original venues and some links...
Yet Another Fund Drive, by Niall Harrison (11/26/12)
The LA Review of Books has a fund drive on this week, which I mention for two reasons: one, they've established themselves as a source of good-quality, in-depth criticism and essays -- including for sf -- and that's worth supporting....
Departmental update -- poetry and fiction, by Niall Harrison (11/26/12)
A quick note for contributors: as has become traditional, the fiction department will be closing to submissions in December. This year, the poetry department will be joining them. Both departments will re-open at the start of January. So, you have...
This week..., by Niall Harrison (11/26/12)
The new issue is up, and we have: A round-table discussion of food in sf, by Fran Wilde with Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Frost, Nalo Hopkinson and Scott Lynch Rose Lemberg's poem "The Three Immigrations" Maria Velazquez' review of Chrysanthe by...
Support, by Niall Harrison (11/14/12)
A couple of things I've been meaning to mention, now that our fund drive has got you in the mood for supporting online magazines: 1. Apex is having a subscription drive which ends tomorrow (15th). There's a discounted rate, and...
Level Up, by Niall Harrison (11/05/12)
The fund drive is complete, and you helped us reach our extension goals -- all of them. So, from January, pay for poems and reviews goes up to $30 apiece, and we launch fiction podcasts. Full details in this week's...
Done!, by Niall Harrison (11/05/12)
And that's it, the 2012 fund drive is closed! Thank you so much to everyone who donated, tweeted or shared, or blogged about the fund drive: it's been one of our most successful ever, and that's entirely down to all...
45 minutes to go!, by Niall Harrison (11/04/12)
Your final, final reminder: less than an hour left in this year's fund drive. Looks like overnight donations have taken us about $9,400, which is pretty amazing. Why not add to that?  ...
So close..., by Niall Harrison (11/04/12)
  At the time of writing, with nine hours to go, the fund drive total stands at $8963.50, so we're on the verge of achieving the first of our extra goals, and increasing our pay rate for poems! An extra...
Last Day!, by Niall Harrison (11/04/12)
  Less than a day to go in this year's fund drive! As I type, 18 hours remain -- we're going to officially call time at 23.59 PST. Of course we accept donations all year round, but if you want...
Meet the Editors, by Niall Harrison (11/03/12)
Brit, Julia and An are interviewed at the SFWA site by Lucas Johnson: What sets your magazine apart from other spec fic markets? Brit: In the fiction department, I’d say our editorial vision, which I’d categorize as having a focus...
Closer and closer ..., by Niall Harrison (11/02/12)
  The last couple of days of the fund drive are probably the most nervewracking and humbling of the whole thing. This year, it looks like we're solidly on course to hit our main goal of $8,000 -- we're just...
Three Days Left ..., by Niall Harrison (11/02/12)
... and we've hit $7,000 and published the last of our bonus content, Ellen Klages' story, "Household Management".   To recap, the full table of contents for our bonus issue: New stories: "Good Hunting" by Ken Liu and "Household Management"...
A Feisty Five, by Niall Harrison (10/31/12)
With five days to go, we're hovering around the $6,000 mark:   So we'll likely be publishing Michele Bannister's poem "The Architect of Snow" later on. In the meantime, for today's list, in recognition of the fact that the reviews...
We Knew Them Back When ..., by Niall Harrison (10/30/12)
  Six days left, and we're heading towards $6,000 raised -- we need another $350 or so to hit that milestone, at which point we'll publish the next part of our fund drive issue, Michele Bannister's poem, "The Architect of...
Strange Horizons, w/c 22nd October, by Rachel Monte (10/29/12)
This week, we had:Nicholas Seeley's article, "A Dragon in the Time Machine: The Gross Anatomy of Horror"John Clute's column, "Scores""Torah and Secular Learning", a poem by Bogi TakácsAnd reviews of Looper, by William Mingin, Harry Karlinsky's The Evolution of Inanimate...
8 days to go, 8 stories to read, by Niall Harrison (10/28/12)
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to spread the word about the fund drive -- we ended up with our best day of the fund drive so far, and now have just another $250 to raise before we...
Stranger Horizons, October 2012, by Niall Harrison (10/27/12)
So here's the second installment of the blog feature we started last month, in which I round up the latest projects from past SH contributors (and current staff). If you're a past contributor with news to share for November, please...
Update, by Niall Harrison (10/26/12)
Almost $400 raised today -- thank you! Now, our best day of the fund drive so far was $405, who wants to push us over the top?  ...
On reviews at SH, by Niall Harrison (10/26/12)
Dan Hartland on negative reviews -- such as his review of Black Bottle by Anthony Huso, which we published today, and why he writes for SH: Some of my favourite works of fiction are SF&F – but the genre disappoints...
A Connection to the SF World, by Niall Harrison (10/26/12)
Vandana Singh on Strange Horizons and me: I still remember the announcement that Mary Ann Mohanraj made way back on a South Asian women’s listserve — that she was planning to start a speculative fiction ezine with some friends. That...
More Support, by Niall Harrison (10/26/12)
Jenny Barber at Shiny Shorts on supporting the fund drive, who says that our list of reasons is all very well, but: the best and foremost one should be this: Strange Horizons is one of the best magazines out there....
10 days to go, and 10 reasons to donate!, by Niall Harrison (10/26/12)
Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? Suddenly there are only 10 days left in this year's fund drive -- so here are 10 reasons to donate. 1. Because everyone who donates gets entered into our fund drive prize draw,...
Channel-Flipping Update, by Niall Harrison (10/23/12)
Genevieve Valentine's adventures in sponsored channel-flipping continue with The Happiest Millionaire: Full cast rush! Macho patriarch, Greer Garson (excellent choice, movie), and a whitebread young couple, half of which is Lesley Ann Warren. Pointed introductions are made. The tray becomes...
On SH Reviews, by Niall Harrison (10/23/12)
Nina Allan makes us blush: Strange Horizons has done and continues to do a great deal to promote new and exciting writing in SFF, fiction that pushes the boundaries and widens the remit, and their occasional ‘retrospectives’ featuring more established...
This week's issue, and fund drive update #4, by Niall Harrison (10/22/12)
New issue time! This week we have John Clute's Scores, looking at books by Brian Fies, Tim Powers, Jeffrey Ford and Bruno Jasieński; Bogi Takács' poem "Torah and Secular Learning"; Nicholas Seeley's season-appropriate exploration of "The Gross Anatomy of Horror",...
Strange Horizons, w/c 15th October, by Rachel Monte (10/21/12)
This week, we had:Lavie Tidhar's short story, "The Lord of Discarded Things""Sea Change" a poem by Kathrin KöhlerAnd reviews of Janet Edwards' Earth Girl, by Phoebe North, N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdom of Gods, by Nic Clarke,...
Climate Change Fiction Again, by Niall Harrison (10/21/12)
I'm not sure that Daniel Kramb's blogpost in The Guardian this week adds very much to the discussion about climate change fiction, but I like to note these things: There's apocalyptic fiction, of course, and you could, I suppose, connect...
Righteous, by Niall Harrison (10/20/12)
A great shout-out from Charlie Jane Anders at io9: Two of the internet's coolest fiction magazines need your support right now. Strange Horizons is having its annual fund drive, with tons of prizes for donors — but the main prize...
Things About SH, by Niall Harrison (10/17/12)
Here's Liz Argall on why she supports SH, and on her donated prize: Strange Horizons are a terrific online magazine who published my story The Rugged Track, a rollerderby fairytale. Their staff are volunteers with a professional attitude and they...
The World of SH, by Niall Harrison (10/17/12)
Jennifer Mason-Black, whose stories "In the Library of Souls" and Ash and Dust" we've published this year, has a generous post about why she values SH: A well-edited magazine creates its own world, just as surely as a writer creates...
Romie Stott: Poetry What I Am Looking For, by Romie Stott (10/16/12)
As we are halfway through the month of October, and I am the poetry editor on duty for October, I thought I should say a few words about who I am and what I am looking for, since I am...
$3000!, by Niall Harrison (10/16/12)
We've hit our next fund drive milestone -- so here's a bonus poem, "All the Mari's Parties", by Mat Joiner. Enjoy! Next up, at $4000: an essay by Daniel M. Kimmel on sf and politics....
Channel Flipping: Gilliam, by Niall Harrison (10/16/12)
Remember Genevieve Valentine's to blog bad media requested by fund drive donors? She's started with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Outside, Lily Cole's wearing Every Tapestry Fabric, and looks fed up. Reason: Andrew Garfield rides up, meaning now she has...
Discovering Strange Horizons, by Niall Harrison (10/15/12)
A lovely post from Anaea Lay about why she supports the fund drive: A bit over five years ago, the job I had involved spending a lot of time in training classes. A lot of time. I hate training classes....
Fund Drive Update #3, by Niall Harrison (10/15/12)
Heading into week number three, and where do we stand?   Just under $3000, that's where we stand. Another couple of hundred dollars and we'll be publishing Mat Joiner's poem, "All the Mari's Parties." We've also updated the donor prize...
Strange Horizons, w/c 8th October, by Niall Harrison (10/14/12)
In the second week of this year's fund drive, our regular issue featured: The concluding part of "In the Library of Souls" by Jennifer Mason-Black: read part one here, and then part two here Gemma Files' poem "Invocabulary" And in...
The Unspeakable, by Niall Harrison (10/13/12)
Gene at Not By Its Cover has an interesting account of a recent talk by Margo Lanagan about animal transformations in her work, in particular Sea Hearts (which I loved): Lanagan also talked about the fact that while Seahearts is...
Fund Drive Update #2, by Niall Harrison (10/08/12)
First order of business: this week's issue. We have the second part of Jennifer Mason-Black's "In the Library of Souls" (catch up on part one here; we have a new poem by Gemma Files, "Invocabulary"; and Martin Lewis kicks off...
Strange Horizons, w/c 1st October, by Rachel Monte (10/07/12)
In this week's issue, we had:An editorial notice from Niall, "Looking Back, Looking Forward" to announce the beginning of our 2012 fund driveThe first part of Jennifer Mason-Black's short story, "In the Library of Souls"Leslie Anderson's poem, "I Understand Video...
Fund Drive Update #1, by Niall Harrison (10/03/12)
Just over 48 hours in, and we're hovering just under the $1000 mark -- which makes this the fastest start to a fund drive for several years, thank you! So far as our donor rewards go, we've got just 3...
First Month of Reading Redux, by Adrienne Odasso (10/01/12)
As of today, I've responded to all poetry submissions sent to Strange Horizons during the month of September. I'm pleased to say that I saw just under 200 submissions (as expected) and that the decision-making was challenging in the best...
Fund Drive 2012!, by Niall Harrison (10/01/12)
It's a new month, we have a new issue -- featuring Jennifer Mason-Black, Leslie Anderson, and reviews of books by Greg Egan (with a diagram!), Kij Johnson, and Kiini Ibura Salaam -- and, we're kicking off this year's fund drive....
Strange Horizons, w/c 24th September, by Rachel Monte (10/01/12)
This week, we had:An article by Cynthia C. Scott, "Rage Against the Machine: How Colossus: The Forbin Project May Predict the Real Life Future of Artificial Intelligence"Jeanie Tomasko's poem, "Violet's Hearts"And reviews of Adam Christopher's Seven Wonders, by Liz Bourke,...
Stranger Horizons, September 2012, by Niall Harrison (09/29/12)
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. So it seemed like it might be...
Strange Horizons, w/c 17th September, by Rachel Monte (09/23/12)
This week, we had: "The Fourth Exam", a short story by Dorothy YarrosAnn 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...
Knowability and Conviction, by Niall Harrison (09/18/12)
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...
A New Year's Best, by Niall Harrison (09/17/12)
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...
Back from the USA, by Niall Harrison (09/10/12)
I am back from Chicon, and from the longer holiday that surrounded the convention, feeling refreshed and enthused: which is just as well, because I did say that I hoped to get back to a more regular blogging schedule this...
Strange Horizons, w/c 27th August, by Rachel Monte (09/01/12)
In this week's issue, we have:An article by Raz Greenberg, "Steven Spielberg's Early Television Genre Works"Megan Arkenberg's poem, "Sister Philomela Heard the Voices of Angels"And we have reviews of Beasts of the Southern Wild, by Matt Denault, and of John...
Chicon7 Tea Party!, by Niall Harrison (08/29/12)
Apologies for the radio silence around here recently; I hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule in September. But for now, important news for anyone who may be attending this year's Worldcon in Chicago -- we're having...
Rhysling Award Winners, by Niall Harrison (07/16/12)
Over the weekend, the results of this year's Rhysling Awards were announced. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up! And in particular congratulations to Megan Arkenberg, whose "The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages" published here at SH won...
Farewell, by Jed Hartman (07/09/12)
This is a long and rambly blog entry. If you don't have the time or interest to read the whole thing, here's the short version: After twelve years as a Strange Horizons fiction editor, I'm stepping down. I have every...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (07/04/12)
A slightly belated contents listing this week, for which apologies. We have for you: This week's story: "Comes the Huntsman" by Rachael Acks Rose Lemberg's epic queer poem, "Between the Mountain and the Moon" Reviews of Ellen Klage's In the...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/25/12)
This week, as usual for the last week of a month, we lead with an article: "Going Beyond the Other Side of the Eye: An Interview with Bryan Thao Worra" by Yuk Ki Lau David Sklar's poem "Bone China" And...
The Language of 2312, by Niall Harrison (06/21/12)
We are rapidly, terrifyingly, approaching the half-way mark of the year, which for me at least usually marks the time for a preliminary assessment of The Year In SF: what I've liked best, what I haven't got around to, what...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/18/12)
... we have: A new story by Benjamin Rosenbaum: "Elsewhere" Melissa Frederick's poem, "Callisto to Ganymede" Robyn Fleming's latest Dice and D-Pads column, on "Funding Fun" And reviews of Steve Rasnic Tem's Deadfall Hotel, by Ben Godby, and Michael Dempsey's...
Short SFFT, by Niall Harrison (06/11/12)
Five of the seven stories shortlisted for this year's Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation short form award have been made available online, and fingers crossed the last two will follow soon. Wouldn't it be excellent if as many people blogged...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/11/12)
If it's Monday, it's time for a new issue: This week's story is the second part of K.M. Ferebee's "The Keats Variation"; read part one here, and the conclusion here In poetry, we have Leah Bobet's "Hold Fast" Genevieve Valentine's...
Prometheus, by Niall Harrison (06/11/12)
Three links: Genevieve Valentine's Ten Things You Should Know About Prometheus, Hal Duncan's Thoughts Upon Watching Prometheus, and Cavalorn's valiant attempt to explain What The Movie Was Actually About. EDIT: OK, one more, Kameron Hurley's White Dudes Seeding the Universe...
Reminder, by Niall Harrison (06/10/12)
We've been advertising for a few positions for the last few weeks; today is the last day for applications, so if you've been meaning to send in your details, now's the time! This time around we're looking for junior webmasters,...
Hugo Short Stories Revisited, by Niall Harrison (06/08/12)
Matt Hilliard becomes the latest to read the Hugo short stories: "Homecoming" by Mike Resnick: "There isn’t much discussion of this story online, but what I’ve seen suggests that other people (presumably to include the author, editor, and nominating voters)...
Fantastical Soap, by Niall Harrison (06/08/12)
Abigail Nussbaum on the second season of Game of Thrones: If you approach Game of Thrones as the story of the Starks and their travails, or the story of the war for the Iron Throne, or even the story of...
Revising Dreams, by Niall Harrison (06/07/12)
At the LA Review of Books, Rudy Rucker considers Terry Bisson's fantastical semi-autobiographical new novel Any Day Now: In Any Day Now, Terry Bisson uses the time-honored stratagem of transmuting his experiences into a novel — a Bildungsroman about a...
For Whom And Why, by Niall Harrison (06/07/12)
This week's Mind Meld at SF Signal asks "How do you write science fiction in a post-colonial world?" It's a good lineup, with Joyce Chng, Farah Mendlesohn, Jeff VanderMeer, Ekaterina Sedia and others, but I think the most pertinent response...
Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012, by Niall Harrison (06/06/12)
Just a couple of links: obituaries in The Guardian and The New York Times, John Scalzi's introduction to The Martian Chronicles, and The Paris Review's interview with Bradbury....
Simplifying History, by Niall Harrison (06/06/12)
Martin McGrath has a brilliant, disappointed, thorough (and for many people, myself included, probably informative) discussion of Stina Leicht's The Fey and the Fallen books, and their relationship to recent Irish history: Once again the effect of Leicht’s decisions is...
The New Yorkans, by Niall Harrison (06/05/12)
Further to my previous post, as you may also have heard, The New Yorker has published a science fiction issue, featuring fiction by Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan and others, and non-fiction by Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, China Mieville, Colson...
The Elizabethans, by Niall Harrison (06/05/12)
As you may have heard, over here in the UK there has been much to-do about our Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Paul Kincaid takes the opportunity to look back at the sf of the early 1950s, or the start of the...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/05/12)
First of all, a reminder: we're still looking to fill a number of positions, including poetry editors, articles editors, and junior webmasters (and proofreaders, but we have had by far the most applications there): deadline for applications is this coming...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (05/28/12)
For our final issue of May, we have: "The Swedish Invasion: an interview with Karin Tidbeck" by Dustin Monk Jeremy L. C. Jones' column, "A Boy and His Ghosts: The House on Delaware Street" Michele Bannister's poem, "Sky-shaping" And in...
SH at Wiscon, by Niall Harrison (05/24/12)
Wiscon is here! Or over there, since sadly I remain in the UK this year. But for those of you who are attending, some items of SH interest. First up, the tea party is in room 629 on Sunday afternoon...
Science Fiction in the Edgelands, by Niall Harrison (05/22/12)
From NYRSF, an essay by Chris Nakashima-Brown: “BORDER CLOSED. NETWORK OPEN.” So reads the text of an information card handed out earlier this summer to occupants of the twelve lanes of cars backed up two hours and longer to cross...
Honesty Through Fantasy, by Niall Harrison (05/22/12)
Lavie Tidhar on why he writes in the fantastic: To write Israel one must step outside of its narrative ideology. To do so is neither popular nor acceptable. To question doctrine is dangerous at best. To ask why “fantasy” does...
Roundtable: Non-Western SF, by Niall Harrison (05/22/12)
In response to the Locus blog's rather Western discussion of non-Western sf, the World SF Blog organised its own discussion, featuring Aliette de Bodard (France), Joyce Chng (Singapore), Requires Hate (Thailand), Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines/The Netherlands), Ekaterina Sedia (Russian/USA), and Rachel...
SFFTA Nominees, by Niall Harrison (05/21/12)
This week's shortlists are for the snappily named 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards: Long Form Good Luck, Yukikaze by Chohei Kambayashi, translated from the Japanese by Neil Nadelman (Haikasoru) Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik, translated from the Arabic...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (05/21/12)
Time for another issue! This week we have: Nghi Vo's story, "Tiger Stripes" Rachael Jennings' poem, "Scene I, graveyard" John Clute's latest Scores, looking at Robert Sheckley and Brian Evenson (and endings) Abigail Nussbaum's review of The Avengers, with reviews...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (05/07/12)
In this week's issue we have: A story by Robert Reed: "Bright Lights" A poem by John Zaharick, " Neuschwabenland" Robyn Fleming's latest Dice and D-Pads column on "Playing with Emotion" and Mass Effect 3 And in reviews, today Erin...
The Success of the Clarke, by Niall Harrison (05/03/12)
Nina Allan pays tribute to this year's Clarke Award winner (here's a video of the presentation by Jeff Noon), and the Award itself: I think [The Testament of Jessie Lamb is] a beautiful book. Not just an imaginative use of...
And the winner is ..., by Niall Harrison (05/02/12)
... The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers, which as stated earlier, was my preference from the shortlist. Many congratulations to Jane Rogers. Trivia notes: Jessie Lamb becomes the fourth consecutive winner written in the first person (after a...
Notes on a Shortlist 2012, by Niall Harrison (05/02/12)
It's often said that our field is obsessed with awards, spends too much time arguing about them, and perhaps that's true; but that's not the same thing as saying that awards don't matter. They do matter, as one of the...
Clarke in Review, by Niall Harrison (05/02/12)
Being a roundup of coverage of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist; see also the pre-shortlist coverage of the books that Abigail rounded up here. Adam Roberts Part one (Bear, Magary, Mieville) Part two (Rogers, Stross, Tepper) Christopher Priest...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/30/12)
... many exciting things! First up, it's a reprint week: we have Elizabeth A. Lynn's "The Gods of Reorth", selected and introduced by Debbie Notkin. Genevieve Valentine's latest Intertitles looks at "Feminist Identity as Supernatural in Orlando and I am...
Meet the Editor, by Niall Harrison (04/27/12)
To mark the publication of her anthology Beyond Binary, Brit Mandelo has got a couple of interviews out: one at Autostraddle, and a long three-part conversation with Nicola Griffith: one, two, three. From the Autostraddle interview: What draws you to...
Start Anywhere, And Read, by Niall Harrison (04/26/12)
Graham Sleight's final Yesterday's Tomorrows column looks at John M. Ford: John M. Ford (1957-2006) had a career that appears, at least from the outside, to have jumped from one genre to another. He was a very difficult author for...
CSZ and LARB, by Niall Harrison (04/26/12)
Elsewhere: the latest issue of the Cascadia Subduction Zone focuses on poetry, while the fourth issue, a special on women and science, is available as a free PDF download. Meanwhile the LA Review of Books has formally launched, with an...
Hugo Short Stories, by Niall Harrison (04/25/12)
And so the blogging of Hugo shortlists begins. On the short stories, from most to least enthusiastic: Charles Tan, Justin at Staffer's Musings, Nicholas Whyte, Ian Sales (the latter of whom is also deeply unhappy to see Leviathan Wakes on...
Point, Counterpoint, by Niall Harrison (04/25/12)
Abigail Nussbaum on The Cabin in the Woods: There is, quite obviously, a very large component here of blaming The Cabin in the Woods for not being the film I wanted it to be. Goddard and Whedon set out to...
The Problem With Exotic, by Niall Harrison (04/25/12)
An excellent post by Tori Truslow, on wrestling with the judges' comments when giving her short story an honourable mention in the James White Award: Tori Truslow’s ‘Train in Vain’ is a compelling tale of exotic intrigue and intricate automata,...
A History of Feminist SF in Britain, by Niall Harrison (04/24/12)
aka one of the panels at this year's Eastercon that I found particularly rewarding, as a counterpoint to the occasionally US-centric history of feminist sf; Stevie Carroll provides some panel notes on the useful timeline that the panel started to...
History Is More Complex Than A Fantasy Novel, by Niall Harrison (04/24/12)
Daniel Abraham on misguided argument from "authenticity" in defence of certain types of fantasy: The idea that the race, gender, or sexual roles of a given work of secondary world, quasi-medieval fantasy were dictated by history doesn’t work on any...
SFRA Award Winners, by Niall Harrison (04/24/12)
And in the week's other awards news, the Science Fiction Research Association has announced its winners: Pilgrim Award for lifetime contribution to SF/F studies: Pamela Sargent Pioneer Award for outstanding essay-length work of the year: David M. Higgins, "Toward a...
Shirley Jackson Award Nominees, by Niall Harrison (04/23/12)
Full ballot here. In best novel: The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock (Doubleday) The Dracula Papers, Reggie Oliver (Chômu Press) The Great Lover, Michael Cisco (Chômu Press) Knock Knock, S. P. Miskowski (Omnium Gatherum Media) The Last Werewolf,...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/23/12)
New week, new issue: This month's feature article is Ann Wilkes on "Airships: Not Just Flying Billboards" Our poem this week is "Foam" by Selena Martens And in reviews, Paul Kincaid kicks off the week with a look at In...
Strange Horizons, w/c 16th April, by Rachel Monte (04/23/12)
Last week, we had: Andrea Kneeland's short story, "Beneath Impossible Circumstances""From the House of Dionysos", a poem by Virginia M. MohlereAnd a two-part review (part 1 and part 2) of the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke shortlist, by Adam Roberts, and...
Fantasy Clarke follow-up, by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
In lieu of any proper Eastercon writeup (although see Liz Batty's impressive collection of con reports, I wanted to at least mention the outcome of one of the panels I was on and mentioned here beforehand, the fantasy Clarke Award...
Priest and Clarke, round n, by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
It occurs to me that I never linked to Catherynne Valente's second post reflecting on Christopher Priest's intervention into this year's Clarke Award process, and should have done: Everyone has had their say, including me. I am pro people voicing...
Heidegger and Mieville, round two, by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
Dan Hartland considers Adam Roberts' critique of Embassytown: I’m not really arguing with Professor Roberts – in fact, I agree with practically every word of his review (though maybe not with “tweedledumtweedledee-ish”), and Miéville’s self-imposed difficulty is that he has...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
In this week's issue: we have Andrea Kneeland's story "Beneath Impossible Circumstances", Virginia M. Mohlere's poem "From the House of Dionysos, Adam Roberts' two part review of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist, and on Friday, William Mingin tackles...
Deadline for Fiction Editor Applications, by Niall Harrison (04/13/12)
Just a quick note this morning, to say that we're still looking for new fiction editors, but will be closing to applications next Friday 20th April. So if you've been meaning to get around to sending us your details, now's...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/10/12)
Slightly delayed by Eastercon (me, not the issue), but this week we have: Part two of "Area 54" by Hunter Liguore (read part one here) Mike Allen's poem "Kandinsky's Galaxy" Erin Horakova's review of Low Town (aka The Straight Razor...
Eastercon tea party reminder, by Niall Harrison (04/07/12)
Just as it says on the tin: if you're at Eastercon, the SH tea party is this morning from 11.00-12.30 in Wentworth/room 40. We'd love to see you there!...
BSFA Awards, by Niall Harrison (04/06/12)
Paul Kincaid is unimpressed by this year's BSFA short fiction nominees. Of Paul Cornell's offering, for instance: And what we are being told is nonsense, but it is nonsense engagingly wrapped up with the weird technology of a weird world....
Dereliction of Duty, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (04/06/12)
Some loose ends from the Christopher Priest/Clarke Award discussion: John Scalzi posted a couple of followups to his initial post, the latter linking to a comment by Priest (who also put in an appearance at Martin McGrath's post and edited...
Being Brown in Space, by Niall Harrison (04/04/12)
Continuing in a Star Trek vein, at Racialicious, Kendra James has an appreciation of clearly the best Trek captain, Benjamin Sisko, and the actor portraying him, Avery Brooks: With a highly educated and vocal African American actor in the lead...
Nostalgia for the Federation, by Niall Harrison (04/04/12)
Nader Elhefnawy pushes back against Star Trek bashing and the vogue for gritty: Of course the last four decades – this age of unreason, of identity politics and ideologically convenient pseudo-science and neoliberal economics - have been a grave disappointment...
Standing on the Shoulders of Dwarfs, by Niall Harrison (04/03/12)
Saladin Ahmed at Salon on race and Game of Thrones: But now, as our beloved genre finds its way into “normal” people’s hearts and minds, fantasy fans are increasingly confronted with an inversion of this notion – a question that...
On Kiernan, by Niall Harrison (04/03/12)
Gary K Wolfe reviews Caitlin R Kiernan's The Drowning Girl: There are least a few passages in her new novel The Drowning Girl: A Memoir in which Caitlín R. Kiernan seems determined to reinvent the terms of Gothic fiction from...
Ghosts, Dreams, Nothingness, by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
Gwyneth Jones' guest of honour talk from Beneluxcon, March 2012: I was asked for a short piece of writing, to feature in your first Progress Report. By chance, the short pieces that came to hand seemed to define an area...
Strange Horizons at Eastercon!, by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
Also this week: Eastercon, the British National Science Fiction Convention, and we -- which is to say I, and some contributors -- will be there! Strange Horizons is hosting a tea party on Saturday morning at 11am in Wentworth/room 40....
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
In this week's issue: Hunter Liguore's story, "Area 54" Alexandra Seidel's poem, "Cerberus, Seeking Lethe Matthew Cheney's latest Lexias column, "The Fact of a Fiction of a Fact Reviews kicks off with Michael Levy's take on The Clockwork Rocket by...
The 2011 SF Count, by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
Introduction It's back, by popular demand. Last year, following VIDA's analysis of the gender balance at mainstream book review venues, we put together a similar count for (some) sf venues. VIDA repeated their count last month, so here we are...
Strange Horizons, w/c 26th March, by Niall Harrison (04/01/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Jeremy C. L. Jones' article, "A Boy and His Ghosts" John Clute's latest Scores, looking at Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway Gwynne Garfinkle's poem "bell, book, candle" Reviews of William Gibson's Distrust That Particular Flavor,...
Dereliction of Duty, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (03/30/12)
Or "reax", as I believe the cool kids say. I'm currently on holiday in Italy with this view, so I'm trying not to spend too much time online and have probably missed some; but here's some of the discussion following...
Panel Parity, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (03/29/12)
Remember Paul Cornell's big idea? Mike Glyer surveyed some conrunners, who engage in plenty of hand-wringing. Here's Steven Silver: If Paul were to attend a convention where I was running programming, I would most likely treat his request the same...
The Climate Games, by Niall Harrison (03/29/12)
In addition to the links Abigail rounded up earlier, the release of The Hunger Games has occasioned many an article (or graph) on the general topic of the current vogue for YA dystopias; Torie Bosch's essay at Slate caught my...
The Hunger Links, by Abigail Nussbaum (03/29/12)
The movie version of The Hunger Games has been in theaters for a week now, after a blockbusting opening weekend and generally positive reception from critics (85% freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes) and fans of the book alike. It's also...
A Clarke For Fantasy?, by Niall Harrison (03/28/12)
I know, I know ... the last thing our field needs is new awards, right? At the same time, in the UK, there's a bit of a gap. The British Science Fiction Award is nominally for either fantasy or sf,...
The Poetry of Joanna Russ, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (03/28/12)
The latest issue of Stone Telling has a queer focus, with work by Sonya Taaffe, Amal El-Mohtar, Adrienne J. Odasso and others, plus a roundtable moderated by Julia Rios, plus the second part of Brit Mandelo's examination of Joanna Russ's...
Dereliction of Duty, by Niall Harrison (03/28/12)
Bumped up from the comments, Christopher Priest is not happy about this year's Clarke Award shortlist, and has the reading to back it up. After details of the books he thinks should be there (Osama, By Light Alone, Wake Up...
The Clarke Award Shortlist, Reviewed, by Abigail Nussbaum (03/28/12)
The 2012 Clarke shortlist has already engendered a lot of discussion (see Niall's here, and his roundup of other reactions). But what of the nominated books themselves? Here's a look at the critical reception that each has received: Hull Zero...
Best Fan [Insert Your Preference Here], by Niall Harrison (03/28/12)
Mark Plummer's column in last week's issue tackled (among other things) the matter of fanzines and blogs, and wondered how widespread certain sentiments really were. At the File 770 blog, Mike Glyer has a round-up, and questions the debate: Rather,...
Clarke Reactions, by Niall Harrison (03/27/12)
Yesterday's Clarke Award shortlist announcement seems to have generally been greeted with a hearty "hmm." Ian Sales was expecting a more literary shortlist, and detects a slight old-fashionedness about the nominees; Martin Wisse seems to be of similar mind. James...
The Rugged Track at Podcastle, by Niall Harrison (03/27/12)
Some audio enjoyment for your Tuesday: Liz Argall's roller derby fairytale "The Rugged Track", published here last year, has been recorded for Podcastle, read by Tina Connolly....
The 2012 Arthur C Clarke Award Shortlist, by Niall Harrison (03/26/12)
After the speculation, the shortlist: Greg Bear, Hull Zero Three (Gollancz) (review by Finn Dempster) Drew Magary, The End Specialist (Harper Voyager) China Miéville, Embassytown (Macmillan) (review by John Clute) Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press) (review...
Strange Horizons, w/c 19th March, by Niall Harrison (03/26/12)
Last week we had: Kate Bachus' story, "Things Greater Than Love" Josh Burson's poem, "The Birds: A Collage in Four Legendary Species" Mark Plummer's latest Paraphernalia column, on "Disclosing the Ancient Mysteries" In reviews, Jesse Bullington's take on When We...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (03/20/12)
This week we have Kate Bachus' story, "Things Greater Than Love"; Josh Burson's poem, "The Birds: A Collage in Four Legendary Species"; Mark Plummer's latest Paraphernalia column, on "Disclosing the Ancient Mysteries"; Jesse Bullington's review of When We Were Executioners...
Strange Horizons, w/c 12th March, by Niall Harrison (03/18/12)
So in this week's issue we had: Cory Skerry's story "My Dignity in Scars" Shweta Narayan's poem "Yajñāḥ / Offering" And reviews of Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon by Liz Bourke, The Secret World of Arrietty by Indrapramit...
An Argument With Democracy, by Niall Harrison (03/16/12)
Wrestling with the politics of Ken MacLeod's new novel, Intrusion, in which a dystopia is illustrated by a woman's resistance to taking a magic pill to pre-emptively fix any genetic defects in her unborn child. Nic Clarke for SFX: As...
Reclaiming Evolution, by Niall Harrison (03/16/12)
Karen Burnham makes a sound point about the "evolution" of literature at the Locus Roundtable: Victorians also liked to picture the natural world as a sort of tree with humanity on top. However, evolution doesn’t work that way. Instead, organisms...
Brunner's Fantasy, by Niall Harrison (03/15/12)
Max Cairnduff considers The Traveller in Black by John Brunner: Brunner gently mocks us. In one story a man of our world, of 1970s Britain, is summoned by unknown means and sent by the Traveller to a city that wished...
Invisible Women, by Niall Harrison (03/15/12)
Aliette de Bodard considers the erasure of women in Sherlock and other contemporary media: Women had a clearly defined place and clearly defined sphere in Victorian society, even though that place was deemed inferior to men. If you were a...
This Book Is Science Fiction, by Niall Harrison (03/14/12)
Adam Roberts interrogates himself on the subject of Greg Egan: Antegan: SF is a metaphorical literature, one that aims to reproduce the world without representing it. It is more akin to poetry than it is to science. Prœgan: I honestly...
Sciencefictional in Seattle, by Niall Harrison (03/14/12)
As noted in the post below, I was away over the weekend; mostly for day-job-related reasons, but I had a couple of days to myself to socialise -- many thanks to Ted Chiang, L. Timmel Duchamp and Nisi Shawl...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (03/14/12)
Apologies for the delayed contents post this week: a case of editor abroad, and then editor jet-lagged. In any case, there was a new issue on Monday as usual, and it included Cory Skerry's story "My Dignity in Scars", Shweta...
Strange Horizons, w/c 5th March, by Rachel Monte (03/12/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Robyn Fleming's Dice and D-Pads column, "Phones With Friends""Nightfall in the Scent Garden", a short story by Claire HumphreyCaitlín R. Kiernan's poem, "Atlantis"And reviews of Stephen Baxter's Bronze Summer, by Finn Dempster, Matt Ruff's...
Tiptree Award, by Niall Harrison (03/09/12)
This year's James Tiptree Jr Award goes to: The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council (www.tiptree.org) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2011 Tiptree Award is Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011). Hairston had...
More Hugo ballots, by Niall Harrison (03/09/12)
This time from Liz Batty, Aidan Moher, and Joe Sherry....
Enjoying the View, by Niall Harrison (03/08/12)
The latest Locus Roundtable discussion looks at the work of Greg Egan: Paul Graham Raven: “Posthuman” implies a transcendence of humanity, certainly, but the whole point of the posthuman as a trope is to reimagine the familiar (namely ourselves) as...
The Exegete, by Niall Harrison (03/08/12)
At the LA Review of Books, Rob Latham on The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick: There are, in fact, numerous ways to find a trail through this wilderness of crazed speculation. At one and the same time, the Exegesis is...
Clarke Conversation, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (03/07/12)
Nina Allan's thoughts on the importance of the Arthur C Clarke Award, and this year's possible shortlist: What matters most about the Clarke is not who wins, but that it acts as a showcase for what is happening in SF...
Unlimited Female Characters, by Niall Harrison (03/07/12)
Rose Lemberg has some thoughts about feminist characters: I want women to dream their literary heroines from a position of strength. Just as we know by now (I hope) that women are not always polite, so we should be able...
Further Adventures in Counting, by Niall Harrison (03/06/12)
Renay at ladybusiness on Dreamwidth has completed a hefty analysis of SF/F coverage on blogs. Her spreadsheet can be found here; you probably http://www.sfsignal.com/">recognise some of the blogs she includes. Here's one of her charts: And some gloss: Are there...
Abigail Nussbaum Recommends, by Niall Harrison (03/06/12)
Less than a week to go until the Hugo nominations deadline (this Sunday), and Abigail Nussbaum has posted her draft Hugo ballot....
Salvage, by Niall Harrison (03/06/12)
Hal Duncan sets himself a challenge: So I've thought for a while that maybe I should turn all that work into some sort of Sentence Writing 101 post for the blog, but of course, I can't exactly use a client's...
Worlds of a Vivid Dreamer, by Niall Harrison (03/05/12)
Graham Sleight's latest Yesterday's Tomorrows column for Locus looks at Samuel R. Delany: But, as I say, Dhalgren is the last book from which one might want to extract a ‘‘lesson’’ or a ‘‘moral.’’ The difficulty of the style is,...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (03/05/12)
This week: we have Claire Humphrey's story "Nightfall in the Scent Garden", Caitlin R. Kiernan's poem "Atlantis", and Robyn Fleming's latest Dice and D-pads column on "Phones with Friends"; and reviews kicks off with Finn Dempster's look at Bronze Summer...
Strange Horizons, w/c 27th February, by Niall Harrison (03/04/12)
In our final issue for February, we had: Vandana Singh's Diffractions column on "Sleepwalking Toward Calamity: The 2011 Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa" A round table on writing climate change fiction with Julie Bertagna, Tobias Buckell, Maggie Gee, Glenda...
Finding Climate SF, by Niall Harrison (03/02/12)
Matt Hilliard responds to my own response to Mark Newton's post earlier this week, and offers a more thorough look at the barriers to more widespread climate sf: As always in these genre discussions, there’s a frustrating lack of empirical...
The Wages of Nostalgia, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (03/02/12)
L. Timmel Duchamp responds to Benjamin Rosenbaum's post from the other week about sf engaging (or failing to engage) with our technological present: As I say, I can sympathize with this kind of irritation, because it's akin to the irritation...
Utopia in the Age of Climate Change, by Niall Harrison (03/01/12)
An essay by Kim Stanley Robinson, from a conference held in Australia in 2010: Therefore the main project of all science fiction — that of imagining future histories — is impossible. Imagining a positive history which gets us to a...
Avram Grumer Recommends, by Niall Harrison (03/01/12)
Works to consider for the Best Graphic Story Hugo, at Making Light....
Clarke Conversation, by Niall Harrison (02/29/12)
Following up on Monday's post, some other thoughts on this year's possible Clarke shortlist: Ian Sales thinks it will be a year for the literary contenders; David Hebblethwaite is disappointed by the absence of most of the year's mainstream-published sf...
Writing About Writing About Climate Change, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (02/28/12)
Mark Charan Newton picks up on this week's issue, and in particular my post yesterday about ecocriticism of sf, and asks a couple of important questions. First of all: I wondered if there was little criticism because there simply isn’t...
That Time Of Year Again, by Niall Harrison (02/28/12)
Time, that is, for the Vida Count for 2011; it doesn't look like much has changed. I am (slowly) working on the 2011 SF Count (with some help, although more volunteers would not be unwelcome)....
Strange Horizons, w/c 20th January, by Rachel Monte (02/28/12)
In this week's issue, we had: A short story by Brooke Bolander, "Tornado's Siren""Hyphenated American", a poem by Nima KianAnd reviews of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, by Chris Kammerud, Adam Christopher's Empire State, by Indrapramit Das, and Jaine Fenn's...
Writing About Writing About Climate Change, by Niall Harrison (02/27/12)
As mentioned in the previous post, this week we have some discussion of writing climate change fiction; and if, as Vandana Singh says in her final comment, it is "increasingly important to write about climate change as passionately and creatively...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (02/27/12)
In this week's issue, we have a climate change focus, with Vandana Singh's report from the Durban climate conference, and a round table on writing climate change with Julie Bertagna, Tobias Buckell, Maggie Gee, Glenda Larke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Vandana...
2012 Arthur C Clarke Award Submissions, by Niall Harrison (02/27/12)
As has become traditional, the Arthur C Clarke Award has published the full list of works submitted for consideration by publishers, and are running a competition to guess the shortlist (winner to receive the six novels in question). The metric...
Subverting or Subjugated?, by Niall Harrison (02/24/12)
Lavie Tidhar continues his series of posts on contemporary sf writers with a look at China Mieville's Embassytown: What disappoints me – that vague sense of unease at the back of my neck, whispering as I read – is that...
The World Is Bare, by Niall Harrison (02/24/12)
Kit Whitfield on the first sentence of Nineteen Eighty-Four: With another writer, one might say the language was deceptively simple. With Orwell, the language is vehemently simple, ideologically simple, a declaration of war against obfuscation and half-truth. Language and speech...
Goodbye to Howard, by Niall Harrison (02/24/12)
At Ferretbrain, Arthur has a truly epic (by which I mean "longer than 20,000 words") look at the Conan stories. His conclusion: Do I sometimes find my blood racing when I read the Conan stories? Of course I do. But...
Karen Burnham Recommends, by Niall Harrison (02/23/12)
Specifically, she recommends Gary K. Wolfe's essay collection Evaporating Genres for the Hugo Best Related Book category: I didn't review Evaporating Genres when I read it, because I read it while on maternity leave and finding time to write, much...
Personhood in Ponyland, by Niall Harrison (02/23/12)
Aishwarya Subramanian considers the role of race and language in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: My Little Pony does quite a bit of playing around with language, as is evident from the episode titles, the flood of horse-puns and...
Con or Bust Reminder, by Niall Harrison (02/23/12)
The Con or Bust auctions continue until this Sunday (26 February); a reminder of the background here, and feel free to bid for our bundles of young adult novels, epic fantasy novels, and short story collections....
The SF of Smugness, by Niall Harrison (02/22/12)
Jonathan McCalmont examines Tim Maughn's story-cycle Paintwork, and reconsiders the history of cyberpunk: As in Phase 1 novels, the protagonists of Phase 2 novels such as Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother (2008), William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition (2003) and Spook Country (2007)...
Nebula Awards Nominees, by Niall Harrison (02/22/12)
As you have no doubt seen elsewhere by now, this year's Nebula Awards nominees have been announced -- congratulations to everyone on the ballot! When I was making my awards predictions at the start of the year, I punted on...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (02/20/12)
In this week's issue we bring you Brooke Bolander's story, "Tornado's Siren", and Nima Kian's poem, "Hyphenated American"; plus Chris Kammerud's review of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and, later in the week, Indrapramit Das on Adam Christopher's debut,...
Strange Horizons, w/c 13th February, by Rachel Monte (02/20/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Genevieve Valentine's Intertitles column, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sci-Fi: Espionage and the SpeculativeThe second part of Joy Kennedy-O'Neill's short story, "Aftermath" (first part here)"Tongueless", a poem by Mari NessAnd reviews of the third season of...
Readers' Poll Final Reminder, by Niall Harrison (02/19/12)
Our 2011 Readers' Poll closes at the end of the day (PST) -- but there's still time to cast your ballot here....
Something For The Weekend, by Niall Harrison (02/17/12)
A long essay by Joel Burges at Post45 on "Loving Mieville's Sentences": From the first to the final novel of the Bas-Lag trilogy, style modernizes and contemporizes in moving from omniscience to free indirection. It is as if in the...
When The Lies Fail, by Niall Harrison (02/17/12)
Paul Kincaid writes about suspension of disbelief, and his failure of it in reading Kameron Hurley's God's War. Like some others, although for different reasons, the war was the sticking point: But I found myself asking one simple, fatal question:...
The Wages of Nostalgia, by Niall Harrison (02/17/12)
Benjamin Rosenbaum on reading "a story published a while back in one of the print SF mags" whose real year is 1985, not 2511: When you don't know something, you are innocent of it. Once you do know it, though,...
Fuzzy-Wuzzy, by Niall Harrison (02/16/12)
Dan Hartland gently dissents from the praise of Lavie Tidhar's Osama: This, however, is where the occasional clumsiness of its prose can come also to characterise its wider project. In the novel’s final denouement, which takes place in a blissfully...
Readers' Poll Reminder, by Niall Harrison (02/16/12)
Our 2011 Readers' Poll closes this coming Sunday; cast your ballot here!...
A New Sort of Magazine, by Niall Harrison (02/16/12)
Matt Cheney points out that the Pulp Magazine Project has put the first six issues of Amazing Stories online. There's even paper-rustling sound effect as you flip through the digital pages....
On Hatchets, by Niall Harrison (02/15/12)
Maureen Kincaid Speller considers the outcome of the inaugural Hatchet Job of the Year, and links to a good defense of criticism by the winner, Adam Mars-Jones: Both my parents were lawyers, and you could hold that accident responsible for...
BSFA Short Fiction Discussed, by Niall Harrison (02/15/12)
Martin Lewis has run a short story discussion club for the five works nominated for the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. There's an index to the posts here, plus Martin's final ballot here, and the individual story threads are:...
Panel Parity, by Niall Harrison (02/15/12)
Paul Cornell has a plan for achieving equality of gender representation on convention panels: If I'm on, at any convention this year, a panel that doesn't have a 50/50 gender split (I'll settle for two out of five), I'll hop...
Jason Sanford Recommends, by Niall Harrison (02/14/12)
Another ballot: this time it's Jason Sanford recommending 2011 novels and short fiction for award nomination....
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (02/14/12)
With apologies for the delay: in this week's issue we have the second part of Joy Kennedy-O'Neill's "Aftermath" (read part one here), plus Mari Ness' poem "Tongueless" and Genevieve Valentine's latest Intertitles, looking at Tinker Tailor Soldier Sci-Fi". Guria King...
Strange Horizons, w/c 6th February, by Rachel Monte (02/13/12)
In this week's issue, we had: The first part of Joy Kennedy-O'Neill's short story, "Aftermath""Tesla's Waltz", a poem by WC RobertsAnd reviews of Elspeth Cooper's Songs of the Earth, by Marina Berlin, Ali Shaw's The Man Who Rained, by Nina...
Con or Bust 2012, by Niall Harrison (02/09/12)
Kate Nepveu has announced this year's Con or Bust auction: I am pleased to announce this year's auction to support Con or Bust, which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF conventions. Bidding starts Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12:01...
Jeff VanderMeer Recommends, by Niall Harrison (02/08/12)
Jeff VanderMeer's books of 2011, at Locus online. Given that it includes God's War, The Sacred Band, Osama and Mr Fox, even I have no quibbles....
Rachel Swirsky Recommends, by Niall Harrison (02/08/12)
Model awards voter Rachel Swirsky has posted her lists of recommended short stories, novelettes and novellas from 2011, with discussion of each. Nothing from Strange Horizons this year, but lots of good reading from elsewhere....
What I Did At The Weekend, by Niall Harrison (02/07/12)
I spent the weekend just gone at the Pontins holiday camp in Prestatyn, North Wales, for the third SFX Weekender. This is an odd, hybrid event, approaching the size of a Worldcon but with only two streams of programme: literary/thematic...
New Vector, by Niall Harrison (02/07/12)
The latest issue of Vector is out, and it's partly a women-in-sf issue featuring pieces by Cheryl Morgan (on women writing sf in general), Tony Keen (on Justina Robson) and me (on the Exodus trilogy by Julie Bertagna). See also...
The Judgment of the Tiny Medievalists, by Niall Harrison (02/06/12)
Catherynne Valente attempts to explain King Arthur to a five-year-old: Me: *thinks of awesome thing to interest child in England* And also that’s where King Arthur lived! *does mental TA DA* Serenity: Who’s King Arthur? And three things happen. I...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (02/06/12)
In this week's issue we have for you the first part of Joy Kennedy-O'Neill's story "Aftermath", W. C. Roberts' poem "Tesla's Waltz", plus reviews of Chronicle, Ali Shaw's The Man Who Rained and, first of all, Marina Berlin's take on...
Strange Horizons, w/c 30th January, by Rachel Monte (02/05/12)
In this week's issue we had: John Clute's column, "Scores""The Chastisement of Your Peace", a short story by Tracy Canfield"Ariel", a poem by Erik AmundsenAnd reviews of Vernor Vinge's The Children of the Sky, by Andy Sawyer, Hari Kunzru's Gods...
Teaching Soulless, by Niall Harrison (02/03/12)
The Steampunk Scholar reflects on teaching Gail Carriger's novel: Ultimately, the majority of students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of comparing and contrasting Dracula and Soulless. There was one particularly outspoken naysayer, but he admitted disliking the text because Alexia reminded...
The Sins of the Travel Writer, by Niall Harrison (02/03/12)
Rushthatspeaks has a superb write-up of Jan Morris' Last Letters From Hav: 'Jan Morris' has, in this book, in her exquisitely careful sendup of exactly how not to deal with the aftermath of WWII, given the most beautiful demonstration I...
The Awards Race Continues, by Niall Harrison (02/02/12)
Martin Lewis handicaps the Best Novel shortlists for the BSFA and the Kitschies. Nicholas Whyte compares the Amazon, Goodreads and Librarything rankings of the BSFA Novel nominees....
Revisiting Stories, by Niall Harrison (02/01/12)
A couple of SH authors, revisiting stories first published in these pages: Hal Duncan reads his story, "Styx Water and a Sippy Cup." Grady Hendrix regrets his story, "The Bright and Shining Parasites of Guiyu": I wrote “Guiyu” in English...
Time Still Wrinkled, by Niall Harrison (02/01/12)
In the New York Times, Pamela Paul revisits Madeleine L'Engle's classic and considers how it helped to break ground: In 1962, when “A Wrinkle in Time,” after 26 rejections, was acquired by John Farrar at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, science...
Changes for the Fiction Department , by Susan Marie Groppi (01/31/12)
We're looking to bring new fiction editors into the Strange Horizons team. This might not be much of a surprise, after our announcement in December that Karen Meisner was leaving the fiction department. What might be a surprise, though, is...
Why Does SF Hate Ordinary People?, by Niall Harrison (01/31/12)
Martin McGrath asks, with reference to James Lovegrove's Redlaw, Adam Roberts' By Light Alone, and Ahmed Khaled Towfik's Utopia: Perhaps, then, science fiction is just doing what it has always done in reflecting its times. It may be that all...
The Deep Still Burns, by Niall Harrison (01/31/12)
Nathaniel Katz revisits Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep, and finds it all comes down to the ideas: Despite all that, though, Vinge’s characters, and even his plots, are well overshadowed by his ideas. The excellence of each and every...
Hugo Recommendations, by Niall Harrison (01/30/12)
George RR Martin recommends some novels for the Hugo: Leviathan Wakes, Heaven's Shadow, The Wise Man's Fear, The Heroes, The Magician King, The Dragon's Path, and 11/22/63. For a bit of variety, the Dreamwidth community "Writers of Color 50 Books...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (01/30/12)
In our last issue of the month, we have Tracy Canfield's story "The Chastisement of Your Peace", and Erik Amundsen's poem, "Ariel"; John Clute takes a look at the Kessel/Kelly anthology Kafkaesque and the Kafkaesque new novel by Matt Ruff...
Strange Horizons, w/c 23rd January, by Rachel Monte (01/29/12)
This week's issue had: An article by Ehud Maimon, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The City of Haifa in Lavie Tidhar's Stories "FIADSBLTPPUTPWYP", Mark Plummer's latest Paraphernalia column Mike Allen's poem, "Carrington's Ferry" And reviews of Leigh Kennedy's Wind Angels, by...
Sea Hearts, by Niall Harrison (01/27/12)
Gary K. Wolfe's Locus review of Margo Lanagan's new novel: This odd but compelling narrative structure, with each successive tale opening up and commenting on earlier ones, gives an almost panoramic sense of passing generations for what is not a...
Osama and Alternate Reality, by Niall Harrison (01/26/12)
At SF Signal, John H. Stevens has a thorough two-part look at Lavie Tidhar's Osama, starting with the novel itself and then looking at it in the context of other alternate-reality novels by Joanna Russ and Philip K. Dick: Through...
Lavinia, by Niall Harrison (01/25/12)
Shana Worthen posts on Lavinia at Torque Control, as part of an ongoing series of "Future Classics" discussions. Part one looks at voice and identity; part two considers audience. I’m sure other Aeneid-related works are still being produced, if not...
Awards Catch-Up, by Niall Harrison (01/24/12)
1. Announced today: the winner of the William L Crawford Award for first fantasy book is Genevieve Valentine, for Mechanique. Shortlisted were Erin Morgenstern for The Night Circus, Tea Obreht for The Tiger's Wife, Stina Leicht for Of Blood and...
First Sentences, by Niall Harrison (01/24/12)
Kit Whitfield has an ongoing series of blog posts in which she deconstructs first sentences. Here she is on Five Children and It, The Haunting of Hill House, and Brave New World: Most obvious is the mimicry: thirty-four storeys merits...
"Jolly Good Yarn", by Niall Harrison (01/23/12)
On the occasion of a reissue of The Handmaid's Tale by The Folio Society, Margaret Atwood looks back at the novel: Stories about the future always have a "what-if" premise, and The Handmaid's Tale has several. For instance: if you...
This week ..., by Niall Harrison (01/23/12)
Monday is, as ever, new issue time. This week our feature article is Ehud Maimon's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The City of Haifa in Lavie Tidhar's Storie", Mark Plummer's Paraphernalia column explains "FIADSBLTPPUTPWYP", we have Mike Allen's poem "Carrington's Ferry",...
Strange Horizons, w/c 16th January, by Rachel Monte (01/22/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Alberto Yáñez's short story, "Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas" Tony Grist's poem, "The Lord Charon" And reviews of season 1 of American Horror Story, by Roz Kaveney, Lev A.C. Rosen's All Men of...
The Core, by Niall Harrison (01/20/12)
Picking up on a comment by Jonathan McCalmont, jennygadget asks: What would you consider “core genre?” Both in terms of definition and representative titles? (the genre of the book in question is fantasy, but really I'm more curious how people...
Beautiful and Horribly Serious Play, by Niall Harrison (01/19/12)
Sofia Samatar has been mulling fantasy and language and the value of literalness after reading Greer Gilman's Cloud & Ashes: What this does is return language to itself. It's a particularly important thing to do, I think, with the material...
Dancing The Other, by Niall Harrison (01/18/12)
Social Text has a Periscope feature on Speculative Life, featuring an interview with China Mieville, essays on Cuaron's Children of Men and Speculating Queerer Worlds (among others), and Andrea Hairston's "Disappearing Natives: Notes for Future SF&F Stories": In the Disappearing...
Heroine Chic, by Niall Harrison (01/18/12)
At the LA Review of Books, Evie Nagy looks at the collected Miss Fury: But, contrary to common belief, Wonder Woman was not the first female superhero. She was preceded by more than half a year by Miss Fury, who...
What Makes You Think The World’s Ever Been Saved?, by Niall Harrison (01/17/12)
Brit Mandelo continues her re-read of the works of Joanna Russ with a two part examination of her 1984 collection Extra(ordinary) People: Discussions of performativity often run the risk of sounding dismissive of the gender/sexuality paradigms that are being discussed...
If Christ Had Big Guns and a Bad Attitude, by Niall Harrison (01/17/12)
Lavie Tidhar counters Jonathan McCalmont's review of Red Claw to argue for the merit of Philip Palmer's novels: Yet these are merely technique. What slowly emerges – what fascinates about these novels – are they underlying moral principles at play....
Letting Some Air In, by Niall Harrison (01/16/12)
In The Guardian, Patrick Ness considers the new omnibus of Steven Millhauser stories, We Others: There's a doctorate to be written on a certain type of American literary paragraph. Densely packed with hyper-close observation, often containing unindented dialogue, and consuming...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (01/16/12)
Monday brings a new issue: this week we have Alberto Yáñez's story Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas and Tony Grist's poem "The Lord Charon", while reviews kicks off the week with Roz Kaveney's take on American Horror Show, with...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (01/15/12)
Looking back over my reading for the past few years, I realise it's taken on a distinct annual shape. It's not an absolutely strict division, but in general spring is for catching up on award nominees that I missed, summer...
Strange Horizons, w/c 9th January, by Rachel Monte (01/15/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Robyn Fleming's Dice and D-Pads column, "Jumping to Beginnings" "In the Cold", a short story by Kelly Jennings Michele Bannister's poem, "Loki, Dynamicist" And reviews of Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three, by Finn Dempster,...
The Awards Race Begins, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (01/14/12)
Nisi Shawl has pointed out that I neglected to consider contenders for the Carl Brandon Parallax and Kindred awards in my awards round-up post; I have attempted to correct the oversight here....
Kitschies Nominees, by Niall Harrison (01/13/12)
Next up in this year's awards calendar is the new kid on the block: The Kitschies, for "the year's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works" in three categories; Red Tentacle (Best Novel), Golden Tentacle (Best Debut) and Inky Tentacle (Best...
Hatchet Jobs, by Niall Harrison (01/13/12)
As you may have seen, The Omnivore has instituted an award for Hatchet Job of the Year: "It aims to raise the profile of professional critics and to promote honesty and wit in literary journalism." I'm not entirely convinced this...
From Heisenberg to Frank Zappa, by way of Philip K. Dick and Margaret Cavendish, by Niall Harrison (01/12/12)
At SF Site, Paul Kincaid reviews Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies: The Essential Lucy Sussex: Lucy Sussex is one of the best writers of fantasy and science fiction to emerge from Australia over the last 25 years or so, and...
SFE Update, by Niall Harrison (01/11/12)
A progress report from the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: The SFE now contains about 138,500 more words than the launch version -- a whole long novel's worth -- spread over existing entries and more than 300 new ones, while approximately...
Philip K Dick Award Nominees, by Niall Harrison (01/10/12)
First out of the gate for this year's awards: The Company Man, Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit) Deadline, Mira Grant (Orbit) The Other, Matthew Hughes (Underland) A Soldier’s Duty, Jean Johnson (Ace) The Postmortal, Drew Magary (Penguin) After the Apocalypse, Maureen...
An Acquired Taste, by Niall Harrison (01/10/12)
At HCN, Peter Watts reviews The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick: To a writer like myself, this stuff is flat-out fascinating: a trove to be mined not just for insights into the creative process of an SF colossus, but also...
Taste Hierarchies and Awards, by Niall Harrison (01/10/12)
Riffing off a post by Gregory Benford, Alec Austin writes about taste hierarchies: The tendency of the French upper classes to (for example) prefer classical music over popular music, Bourdieu argued, was a learned social behavior, and whether deployed consciously...
BallotWatch, by Niall Harrison (01/09/12)
To encourage people to think widely about their possible Hugo nominations (and other award nominations), when I see people post their ballots online over the next couple of months, I'm going to link to them. To start with: Martin McGrath's...
Readers' Poll Question, by Niall Harrison (01/09/12)
We're coming up on our annual Readers' Poll, and are interested in feedback on its format. Specifically, we're interested in feedback on the format of the poll for reviews and columns. Both departments, unlike fiction, poetry or articles, have a...
This week ..., by Niall Harrison (01/09/12)
In this week's issue, we have Kelly Jennings' story "In the Cold", Michele Bannister's poem "Loki, Dynamicist", the latest instalment of Robyn Fleming's Dice and D-Pads column, and reviews of Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear and (later in the...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (01/08/12)
So, my extended Christmas break is finally over, and I return to work properly tomorrow; and as you would hope, I managed to get through a good few books. Most of them deserve to be written about. I'm going to...
Strange Horizons, w/c 2nd January, by Rachel Monte (01/08/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Matthew Cheney's Lexias column on "Kipple" "MonitorBot and the King of Pop", a short story by Jessica Barber Shannon Connor Winward's poem, "Fallen" And a collection of our reviewers did 2011 In Review and...
Aqueduct's Pleasures of 2011, by Niall Harrison (01/07/12)
I'm not sure whether it's completely finished, but it at least seems to be in a bit of a lull, so it's time to round up links to the "pleasures of reading, viewing and listening in 2011" series at the...
The Awards Race Begins, by Niall Harrison (01/06/12)
Last week, Ursula Le Guin made an excellent post about literary awards and evaluating literary merit in general: Voting is the dangerous but essential tool of democracy. In art, voting is dangerous without being essential. Often it’s not even appropriate....
Reading Egan, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (01/06/12)
Discussion continues about the matter of Greg Egan and characterisation. Here's Matt Denault, responding to Karen: But this all comes down to what you're trying to do, I think. If you're trying to situate Egan within the field, then yes,...
Reviewing Reviews, by Niall Harrison (01/06/12)
To mark ten years of writing sf reviews, Martin Lewis takes another look at his first review, a piece on James Blish's A Case of Conscience for the SF Site, and goes through it paragraph-by-paragraph: As an atheist interpreting an...
Book of the Year?, by Niall Harrison (01/05/12)
China Mieville's Embassytown got more positive mentions than any other novel in our reviewers' overview of 2011; but some people also expressed reservations. Aishwarya Subramanian wrestles with the book in her review: But this is itself is a bit of...
Hugo Nominations Open, by Niall Harrison (01/05/12)
Nominations for this year's Hugo Awards are now open. You have until the end of January to join Chicon 7 and gain nomination rights, and until 11 March to actual submit your nominations. I'm attending C7, and will probably post...
Forthcoming Books, by Niall Harrison (01/04/12)
As promised yesterday, a short list of books I'm looking forward to in 2012. There is no shortage of such lists already out there, of course, but that's not going to stop me. (I will briefly note that there are...
Planesrunner, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (01/04/12)
At the risk of recursion, I note that Cheryl Morgan has reviewed Planesrunner and, among other things, commented on the discussion Phoebe and I were having last week: This brings us to the 64 million dollar question: does the book...
The Foundation SFF Criticism Masterclass 2012, by Niall Harrison (01/04/12)
A reminder that the Science Fiction Foundation are currently inviting applications for the 2012 SFF criticism masterclass, deadline 28 February. Full details here; the class leaders this year will be Edward James, Kari Sperring and M. John Harrison, which is...
The International Fantastic, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (01/03/12)
Maureen Kincaid Speller has reviewed the Words Without Borders fantasy issue mentioned here last week: "In all, this is mostly an excellent collection of fiction, and yet again, I am reminded of just how much material there is out there,...
2011 Reading Summary, by Niall Harrison (01/03/12)
My thoughts on the best books I read in 2011 are in our review of the year feature this week, along with those of many other SH reviewers. For convenience, with links edited to go to my own comments where...
Year's Best, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (01/03/12)
Yet another listing of this year's best short fiction, this time from Tangent Online, which subdivides works by length and by star rating (more stars = stronger recommendation). The Strange Horizons works listed are: "Eight" by Corinne Duyvis (no stars)...
Understanding the Popular, by Niall Harrison (01/03/12)
As a Christmas break project, Adam Roberts decided to read and blog the top ten all-time best-selling books (according to Wikipedia). The results: 10. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (1937) 9. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown...
Reading Egan, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (01/02/12)
Karen Burnham comments on my previous post with a more detailed argument about Greg Egan's approach to characterisation: In the face of the universe, any single individual is a little insignificant. Egan’s characters stand out less than the enormous scientific...
This Week..., by Niall Harrison (01/02/12)
Our first issue of 2012 is live! This week we have Jessica Barber's story "MonitorBot and the King of Pop" (our 500th story! Don't forget to share your favourites here), Shannon Connor Winward's poem "Fallen", Matthew Cheney's latest Lexias column...
From Suburbia..., by Niall Harrison (01/02/12)
The latest Galactic Suburbia podcast announces the winner and honour list of their new award: for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2011 The winner is Nicola Griffith for the...
Spot the Deliberate Mistake, by Niall Harrison (12/31/11)
Cheryl Morgan reviews YA generation starship novel Across the Universe: In fact, if it wasn’t for one fatal passage, I would be wholeheartedly recommending Across the Universe to SF readers. You’d love it, until you got to chapter 63, in...
Reminder: SH500, by Niall Harrison (12/29/11)
As Jed mentioned last week, next Monday, with our first issue of 2012, we'll be publishing our 500th short story. What have your favourites been so far? In the comments to Jed's post, people have mentioned Amal El-Mohtar's "And Their...
Reading Egan, by Niall Harrison (12/29/11)
Gareth Rees takes on that perennial question, how to judge Greg Egan's fiction: Judged by the standards of the literary novel, Egan’s works fall far short: his prose is dry and impersonal; his characters carry out their function in the...
Have Spacesuit ..., by Niall Harrison (12/28/11)
At the LA Review of Books, Rosten Woo reviews Nicholas de Monchaux's Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, a "material history" of the suit: The narrative heart of Spacesuit is the story of Playtex, the women’s undergarment manufacturer. The company, known at the...
The Art of The Freedom Maze, by Niall Harrison (12/28/11)
An interesting post at Fantasy Matters dissects the cover of Delia Sherman's new novel, The Freedom Maze: The posture of the girl in the foreground is worth a look. She doesn’t seem like she’s in hot pursuit of the girl...
Planesrunner, by Niall Harrison (12/27/11)
Over at the Intergalactic Academy, Phoebe has some reservations about Ian McDonald's Planesrunner: But the more pressing problem was with Everett himself. He never congealed for me into a believable fourteen-year-old boy. First, his emotional responses were all muted. While...
Year's Best, Ctd, by Niall Harrison (12/27/11)
Further to last week's summary, some more best-short-sf-of-the-year lists from Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth: Sarah Lee Parker Ian Mond Tansy Rayner Roberts Alisa Krasnostein Some familiar stories there from last week's list, plenty of...
The International Fantastic, by Niall Harrison (12/27/11)
Words Without Borders, "the online magazine for international literature", is focusing on the fantastic in its December issue. In this month's main feature we travel into the realm of the fantastic, where routine situations turn surreal and the otherworldly becomes...
Strange Horizons, w/c 19th December, by Niall Harrison (12/26/11)
Time for a recap of our final issue of 2011, which featured: The second part of Jennifer Mason-Black's story, "Ash and Dust"; the first part can be found here Robert Frazier's poem "Imagegeography" Genevieve Valentine's latest Intertitles column, looking at...
Boxing Day Reading, by Niall Harrison (12/26/11)
As promised, some thoughts on Joan Slonczewski's The Highest Frontier as a complete work. What strikes me about it is how close it comes to being a novel that I would dislike intensely. It takes place exclusively within an enclave...
Apocalypse, by Niall Harrison (12/24/11)
Andrew M. Butler on the art of John Martin, currently the focus of an exhibition at the Tate Britain (with a tie-in anthology of speculative stories): It was apparently a journey through the industrialised Black Country which pointed him to...
Technology and War, by Niall Harrison (12/23/11)
Two discussions of how changes in the level of technology might alter the course of a war. First, Jaymee Goh, as part of a long post about Scott Westerfeld's Behemoth series, in which World War I happens with more brutal...
Tracking: The WFA and Lovecraft's Racism, by Niall Harrison (12/23/11)
In case anyone hasn't already seen it, an important post by Nnedi Okorafor, on the design of the WFA trophy: This is something people of color, women, minorities must deal with more than most when striving to be the greatest...
The Poetry of Joanna Russ, by Niall Harrison (12/22/11)
The new issue of Stone Telling is a science fiction poetry special issue; there are poems by, among others, CSE Cooney, Sofia Samatar and Maria Velazquez, a round table in which various of the contributors discuss women and science, and...
New Zines, by Niall Harrison (12/21/11)
Two new zines of interest announced in the last couple of weeks. First up is Ad Astra, supported by the University of Kansas and the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, which will publish articles, reviews, poetry and short...
Reamde, by Niall Harrison (12/21/11)
Over at Asking The Wrong Questions, Abigail has a long, thorough look at Neal Stephenson's latest novel: Which brings us back to that supposedly heartwarming climax in which British spies, Chinese hackers, and American survivalists band together to thwart a...
Cascadia Subduction Zone, by Niall Harrison (12/21/11)
Your quarterly reminder that there's a new issue of the Cascadia Subduction Zone available: Essays Ishmael in Love: Anne Finger and the Reclamation of Disability by Josh Lukin My Muse by Mary Meriam Poem History Lesson by Anne Sheldon Grandmother...
Year's Best, by Niall Harrison (12/19/11)
'Tis the season for the announcement of Year's Best short fiction tables of contents (and for all manner of other best-of-the-year lists, but let's ignore those for now). Over the past few weeks we've had the contents for Jonathan Strahan's...
Strange Horizons, w/c 12th December, by Rachel Monte (12/19/11)
This week we had: The third installment of Vandana Singh's column, "Diffractions: Science, Emotions, and Culture" (read part one and part two) The first part of Jennifer Mason-Black's short story, "Ash and Dust" "Wendy Darling Has Bad Dreams", a poem...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (12/18/11)
I haven't finished The Highest Frontier yet, and don't want to say too much more about it until I do; so this week, a brief and inadequate note about a book I read before I started blogging my reading here....
What are your favorite Strange Horizons stories?, by Jed Hartman (12/12/11)
On January 2, 2012, we're going to publish our 500th original piece of fiction. We thought it would be fun, in honor of that impending milestone, to ask y'all to tell us about your favorite SH stories. If you need...
Strange Horizons, w/c 5th December, by Rachel Monte (12/11/11)
This week's issue had: Aliya Whiteley's short story, "Penelope Napolitano and the Butterflies" "The Theater for Cloud Repair", a poem by Sandra J. Lindgow And reviews of In Time, by Raz Greenberg, Charles Stross's Rule 34, by Alexandra Pierce, and...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (12/11/11)
Following on from last week's post, I've finished Justina Robson's Down to the Bone, which I'd say wraps up Quantum Gravity quite nicely on a thematic level, but feels a little artificial on the narrative level. Some artifice is clearly...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (12/04/11)
This is not an original observation, but as a field we're not very good at providing sustained critical readings of book series. Discounting the mega-sellers like George RR Martin, it's fairly common for volume one to receive more coverage than...
Strange Horizons, w/c 28th November, by Rachel Monte (12/04/11)
In this week's issue: "Watching the Watches", Nicholas Seeley interviews Sergei Lukyanenko Greg Leunig's poem, "Love in the Quantum Era" And reviews of Robert E. Howard's Conan's Brethren and Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures, by William Mingin, Another Earth,...
Alastair Reynolds Artwork, by Niall Harrison (11/29/11)
One of the more exciting prizes we had available during this year's fund drive (or so I thought, at least), was the offer of an original artwork by Alastair Reynolds. He's just posted the painting he's done for the winner...
Strange Horizons, w/c 21st November, by Niall Harrison (11/27/11)
In this week's issue: Holli Mintzer's Muppets-and-AI story, "Tomorrow is Waiting" Jenny Rossi's poem "Thumbelina Grows Up" The latest installment of Mark Plummer's Paraphernalia column And reviews of Rob Ziegler's Seed (by Matt Hilliard), Lisa Goldstein's The Uncertain Places (by...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (11/27/11)
This week, some thoughts on The Submission by Amy Waldman. 1. Further to earlier discussion, I think I'm comfortable taking the novel as a slightly alternate history. The decision to hold the anonymised 9/11 memorial design competition is the...
Reminder: Logo design competition, by Niall Harrison (11/23/11)
The completion of the content checking reminds me that I've been meaning to post a reminder about our logo design competition -- entries due by this Sunday 27 November by 23.59 PST. As a reminder, here are the guidelines copied...
Website content checking complete!, by Niall Harrison (11/23/11)
Those of you with long memories may remember that earlier this year we put out a call for volunteers to help with checking the content files for the past ten years of the magazine, in preparation for switching over to...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (11/20/11)
Having introduced a new plan, last week, to start occasionally mentioning books I've been looking forward to, this week I have to report that one of them turned into a book I can actually read somewhat sooner than I was...
Strange Horizons, w/c 14th November, by Rachel Monte (11/20/11)
This week we had: John Clute's column, "Scores" "Eight", a short story by Corinne Duyvis Gwynne Garfinkle's poem, "Ralph Touchett Awaits Revision" And reviews of Future Media (ed. Rick Wilber), by T.S. Miller, Kameron Hurley's Infidel, by Sarah Frost, and...
Strange Horizons, w/c 7th November, by Rachel Monte (11/14/11)
This week we had: Robyn Fleming's Dice and D-Pads column, "Serious Casual Business" "Counting Cracks", a short story by George R. Galuschak Polenth Blake's poem, "Missed Connection: Lizard in the Dog Park" And reviews of Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse, by...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (11/13/11)
A few weeks missed, for which apologies. I've been working my way through Julie Bertagna's recently-completed trilogy of young adult novels about a drowned world (Exodus, Zenith, Aurora; I'm not aware of an overarching name for the series); having finished...
Strange Horizons, w/c 31st October, by Niall Harrison (11/06/11)
This week, we had: "Particle Theory" by Edward Bryant, selected and introduced by Ted Chiang Marci Rae Johnson's poem, "Reconciling Fundamental Forces and Matter" An interview with John Hornor Jacobs by Molly Tanzer Matthew Cheney's latest Lexias column, on Reading...
Stepping Down from Strange Horizons, by Karen Meisner (11/03/11)
Hello, This is to announce that at the end of December, I will be stepping down as a fiction editor here. I've been with Strange Horizons for a long time, and remember when it was a little grassroots project, back...
Strange Horizons, w/c 24th October, by Rachel Monte (10/31/11)
This week we have: "Cosmic Horror in John Carpenter's "Apocalypse Trilogy"" by Orrin Grey Genevieve Valentine's column, "Intertitles: There's No Happy Ending with Me: The Fall" Jeannine Hall Gailey's poem, "Tickling the Dragon" And reviews of Jesse Bullington's The Enterprise...
Strange Horizons, w/c 17th October, by Rachel Monte (10/23/11)
This week we have: Shaenon K. Garrity's short story, "Librarians in the Branch Library of Babel" "Strange Oblivion, a poem by David C. Kopaska-Merkel And reviews of Neal Stephenson's Reamde, by Indrapramit Das, Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns, by Katherine...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (10/23/11)
A slim volume this week: The Silver Wind by Nina Allan, which collects five stories, two previously unpublished, into something less straightforward than a normal fix-up, but something more than a normal collection. I've written a little about Allan's work...
Strange Horizons, w/c 10th October, by Rachel Monte (10/16/11)
This week, we have: The second part of Vandana Singh's column "Diffractions", read the first part here "The Fourth Board", a short story by D J Muir G. O. Clark's poem, "American Poetry 101 Mashup" And reviews of Jane Rogers'...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (10/16/11)
This week I’ve been travelling for work-related reasons (first Belgrade, now Brussels), which has meant enough time on planes to finish Infidel, Kameron Hurley’s just-published second novel. Anyone who follows me on Twitter may remember that I got a bit...
Links for the Day, by Niall Harrison (10/10/11)
Some things from around the internet today (or, in the case of the awards thing, "recently"). 1. Gollancz have launched their new ebook portal/community site, the SF Gateway, and very impressive it looks too, with plenty of tempting authors and...
Fund Drive Target Reached!, by Niall Harrison (10/10/11)
We've done it! Or more accurately: You've done it! A huge, enormous thank you to everyone who's blogged about, tweeted about or donated to this year's fund drive -- we've just hit our target!   We'll leave the main fund...
Hours to Go, by Niall Harrison (10/10/11)
We have less than five hours left in this year's fund drive, and we've raised 94% of our goal! So here's one more reminder about our prize draw, and about the things people have blogged about us, and the last...
Strange Horizons, w/c 3rd October, by Rachel Monte (10/09/11)
This week, we have: David J. Schwartz's short story, "Destiny, with a Blackberry Sauce" "Haruspicy", a poem by Gemma Files And reviews of Karen Lord's Redemption in Indigo, by Victoria Hoyle, Chris Adrian's The Great Night, by Paul Kincaid, and...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (10/09/11)
As promised, some more thoughts on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which as Adrienne Martini notes arrives as the most high-profile of a small wave of fantastical circus books, including Genevieve Valentine's Mechanique, Christopher Rowe's Sandstorm, Kim Lakin-Smith's Cyber-Circus...
Lex Luthor Winner, by Niall Harrison (10/08/11)
So we have a winner of the final bonus prize, signed hardback copies of Paul Cornell's Lex Luthor arc for Action Comics, and it is ... Jamie Rubin! Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who's donated this week. We're not done...
Agatha H Winner, by Niall Harrison (10/07/11)
The winner of Thursday's bonus prize draw for a copy of Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio is: William Vennell. Congratulations! Here are some more fund drive blog posts from the last little while: Haddayr...
Bonus Draw for Friday Donations, by Niall Harrison (10/07/11)
It's the last of our bonus prize draws! Anyone who donates today (by 23.59 PST) will be entered into a draw to win signed copies of the two hardbacks collecting Paul Cornell's Lex Luthor arc for Action Comics: Thanks to...
Creature Court Winner, by Niall Harrison (10/07/11)
Slightly later than planned, the winner of Wednesday's bonus prize draw for a copy of Tansy Rayner Roberts' Creature Court trilogy is ... Eve Proper! Congratulations to her. I'll do the draw for Agatha H later today. And there might...
Horizontal Connections: 06 October 2011, by Niall Harrison (10/06/11)
Horizontal Connections returns after an extra week, mainly due to fund drive busyness. The two-week schedule should resume now. (Apart from anything else, I'm travelling next week, and won't be able to put a post together.) In the meantime, as...
Bonus Draw for Thursday Donations, by Niall Harrison (10/06/11)
Time for another bonus draw; the winner of yesterday's prize will be announced later. Those of you who donate today will be entered into a draw for a copy of Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja...
Fantastic Cities Winner, by Niall Harrison (10/05/11)
I've just done the draw for yesterday's bonus prize draw, and copies of Other Cities and An A-Z of the Fantastic City will be winging their way to ... Nick Hubble! Congratulations to him. As serendipity would have it, thanks...
Bonus Draw for Wednesday Donations, by Niall Harrison (10/05/11)
That's it! If you haven't donated by now, you've missed your chance to win the speculative cities books; the winner will be announced later today. But never fear, we have another bonus prize for donations today: signed copies of the...
Bonus Draw for Tuesday Donations, by Niall Harrison (10/04/11)
For the final week of the fund drive, we've decided to mix things up a little. In addition to entry into the main prize draw, and the free Strange Horizons in 2010 ebook, we're going to be doing a few...
This Week..., by Niall Harrison (10/03/11)
Another week, another issue. This time around we have a new story by David J. Schwartz, a new poem by Gemma Files, a fund drive update, and the usual selection of reviews, starting with Victoria Hoyle on Redemption in Indigo...
British Fantasy Award winners 2011, by Niall Harrison (10/03/11)
Well, we didn't pick up an award in the end, but congratulations to Black Static who did, and to all the other BFS winners! Here's the full list, as tweeted by Maura McHugh: Best Novel: (the August Derleth Fantasy Award):...
Strange Horizons, w/c 26th September, by Rachel Monte (10/02/11)
This week, the fund drive continues, and we also have: Nicholas Pell's interview with David Agranoff, "Vegan Apocalypse" Mark Plummer's article, "Paraphernalia: Beyond the Enchanted Convention to the Enchanted Peter R. Weston Memorial Defibrillator Station" April Grant's poem, "Wallpaper" And...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (10/02/11)
A very brief reading update today. Most of this week's reading time has gone on Jo Walton's Farthing, which I'm going to be writing about for Torque Control's Future Classics discussion series, when I have time to actually get my...
Fund Drive Posts #6, by Niall Harrison (10/01/11)
We've passed the half-way mark! Thanks to all who have donated so far. Here are some more posts from the past few days: Shweta Narayan: "You might remember that, earlier this year, SH was called on racefail. Both their response...
Fund Drive Posts #5, by Niall Harrison (09/27/11)
In the past 24 hours, we've raised about 10% of our fund drive total, and passed the $3000 mark -- thank you! If you haven't donated yet, here are some more people trying to persuade you: Joanne Merriam on her...
Fund Drive Posts #4, by Niall Harrison (09/26/11)
This is close to being the highest-donation day of the fund drive so far -- just under $500 received -- so thank you! And here are some more people talking about us: Mary Anne Mohanraj -- who is running her...
Fund Drive Posts #3, by Niall Harrison (09/26/11)
We've added 5% to the fund drive total since this morning, which is brilliant -- but there's a long way to go yet. Here are some more people talking about the magazine. Karen Burnham at the Locus Roundtable blog: "We...
New Issue! New Prizes!, by Niall Harrison (09/26/11)
This week's issue is up! We have an interview with David Agranoff about deep ecological fiction, April Grant's poem "Wallpaper", Mark Plummer's latest Paraphernalia column, and a review of Christopher Priest's new novel, The Islanders, with reviews of books by...
Fund Drive Posts #2, by Niall Harrison (09/26/11)
So we've already had a couple of hundred dollars donated this morning -- thank you! Here are some more people talking about Strange Horizons: Jared at Pornokitsch picks out some of his favourite reviews: Paul Graham Raven on Moxyland, Colin...
Fund Drive Posts #1, by Niall Harrison (09/26/11)
To kick things off, a few posts I've spotted over the last week or so: David Soyka at Black Gate: "one value of 'subscribing' is you at least get a tax deduction out of it." Good point! Articles Editor and...
Spreading the Word, by Niall Harrison (09/26/11)
We've only got a couple more weeks left in this year's fund drive, and still quite some way to reach our target. So today we're asking for your help: not just donations (although if you've been meaning to donate but...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (09/25/11)
In under the wire, again: this week's reading was Fire by Kristin Cashore, a prequel to her first novel, Graceling that retains its predecessor's sentence-level poise and directness -- not to mention a similarly young, female, superpowered protagonist -- but...
Strange Horizons, w/c 19th September, by Rachel Monte (09/25/11)
Hey everyone! This week, the fund drive continues, with more prizes added to the list. We also have: Lewis Shiner's short story, "A Box of Thunder" "The Book of Drowned Things", by Adrienne J. Odasso And reviews of Torchwood: Miracle...
New Fund Drive Prizes, by Niall Harrison (09/19/11)
The new issue is live, and with it, more new fund drive prizes -- remember, all donors get entered into the draw. Additions to the list this week include artwork by Marge Simon, short story collections by Ursula Pflug and...
Strange Horizons, w/c 12th September, by Rachel Monte (09/18/11)
This week, the fund drive continued, with loads of exciting prizes, and also: Grady Hendrix's short story, "Messengers from the Stars Will Come to Help Us Overcome the Obstacles That Hold Us Back From Achieving Our True Potential" "In The...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (09/18/11)
Triptych, then. Having finished it earlier this week, I'm settling on the opinion that it is a novel whose parts are of variable quality. Specifically the long middle section that I was just starting last week, in which we inhabit...
Horizontal Connections: 16 September 2011, by Niall Harrison (09/16/11)
Two days later than intended, this week, for which apologies; travel got in the way. But here are the links: Coffeeandink has links to further discussion on YesGayYA, perhaps most notably Malinda Lo's stats post; see also Cleolinda's post here...
YesGayYA, by Niall Harrison (09/12/11)
Over at Rose Fox's Genreville blog -- which you really should be following, if you're not already; among other things, she has the definitive coverage of the response to Orson Scott Card's Hamlet's Father, kicked off by William Alexander's review...
This Week's Prizes, by Niall Harrison (09/12/11)
A new week brings a new batch of prizes for fund drive donors! This week we have for you, among other things, a signed copy of Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin, anthologies of lesbian steampunk and lesbian fantasy, the...
Strange Horizons, w/c 5th September, by Niall Harrison (09/11/11)
This week: the fund drive continued, with shiny new prizes for donors, and also: Paul Steven Marino's story "The Fountain and the Shoe" Gemma Files' poem "Lie-Father" Matthew Cheney's latest Lexias column, "World on a Wire" And reviews of HBO's...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (09/11/11)
Good intentions are a wonderful thing. Having kicked off last Sunday on the grounds that Sundays are a good time to get in some blogging, this weekend I was in York visiting three-fifths of Eve's Alexandria, and have had very...
New Prizes!, by Niall Harrison (09/05/11)
In addition to the regular delights of this week's issue, this year's fund drive rolls on, and we have a new batch of prizes to entice donations, including: original artwork by Alastair Reynolds; Alaya Dawn Johnson's 1920s noir Moonshine in...
Strange Horizons, w/c 29th August, by Niall Harrison (09/04/11)
This week saw the kick-off of our 2011 fund drive! We're hoping to raise $8000; you can donate here, and if you do you'll be eligible to win one of our fund drive prizes. Of course, this week we were...
Sunday Reading, by Niall Harrison (09/04/11)
Over on Twitter, there is the hashtag #fridayreads, the idea behind which is, unsurprisingly, that you should tweet what you're reading on any given Friday. For the past few weeks, partly as a response to the fact that I seem...
From the Archives, by Niall Harrison (09/03/11)
The rewarding aspect of our current project to check old SH content and get it ready for importing to a new version of the website is that quite often I get distracted by the pages I'm meant to be checking...
Editors Abroad, by Niall Harrison (09/02/11)
Two bits of news of Strange Horizons staff elsewhere. First up, Articles Editor and sometime SH reviewer Phoebe North has kicked off a new blog today, The Intergalactic Academy, where she and Sean Wills will focus on YA science fiction....
Horizontal Connections: 01 September 2011, by Niall Harrison (08/31/11)
Links on the early shift, this week. As ever, we welcome your suggestions for inclusion. If you're not following the LA Review of Books, you probably should be; recent coverage of genre interest includes Neil Easterbrook on Mieville's Embassytown, Brian...
Cat Women of the Moon, by Niall Harrison (08/30/11)
A heads-up for those in the UK: today at 11.30 the first part of Cat Women of the Moon, a documentary about sf and sexuality, is on Radio 4: Cat Women of the Moon was a 1950s film that followed...
The 2011 Strange Horizons Fund Drive, by Niall Harrison (08/29/11)
But wait! (As they say.) There's more! In addition to our Pat Cadigan focus, this week's issue also sees the kick-off of our 2011 fund drive. Your donations make Strange Horizons possible -- and because all our staff are volunteers,...
Author Focus: Pat Cadigan, by Niall Harrison (08/29/11)
In this week's issue we're celebrating the work of Pat Cadigan, whose fiction has been shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula Awards too many times to count, and won the Locus and Clarke Awards multiple times. Tanya Brown takes a...
Strange Horizons, w/c 22nd August, by Niall Harrison (08/28/11)
This week, we had: Banks Miller's article, "Ecology and the Post-Apocalypse" Vandana Singh's latest Diffractions, the first part of a series "On Science, Emotions and Culture" (some interesting discussion in the comments) Mike Allan's poem "La Donna del Lago" Reviews...
When is history alternate?, by Niall Harrison (08/24/11)
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been interestedly following the reviews of Amy Waldman's The Submission. The Publisher's Weekly thumbnail: Waldman imagines a toxic brew of bigotry in conflict with idealism in this frighteningly plausible and tightly wound...
New Comments, by Niall Harrison (08/22/11)
In this week's issue, in addition to the fine content, we're introducing a new comments system, replacing the forums. Thanks to the tireless work of our webmasters, we now have shiny in-line comments on articles, columns, poetry and fiction. So,...
Hugo Reactions Roundup, by Niall Harrison (08/22/11)
As I imagine most people reading this will have seen by now, this year's Hugo Award winners were announced over the weekend at Renovation. You can see the full list of winners at Locus here, you can find all the...
Strange Horizons, w/c 15th August, by Rachel Monte (08/21/11)
This week we had: John Clute's column, "Scores" "Souvenir", a short story by Genevieve Valentine Cythera's poem, "Come to Venice" And reviews of Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud's A life on paper, by Sofia Samatar, Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies, by Niall Harrison, Brent...
Horizontal Connections 18.08.11, by Niall Harrison (08/18/11)
Another roundup of links to writing, discussions and news about sf elsewhere online. As ever, we welcome your suggestions for links to include. At the SF Site, Paul Kincaid reviews the Gordon van Gelder-edited climate change anthology Welcome to the...
Strange Horizons, w/c 8th August, by Niall Harrison (08/14/11)
This week, we had: The second and concluding part of Liz Argall's "The Rugged Track" (part one here) Charles Cantrell's poem "Zombie Heart" And reviews of James Lovegrove's The Age of Odin, by Rhiannon Lassiter, of Paul Kearney's Corvus by...
City of Pearl, by Niall Harrison (08/12/11)
The "Future Classics" book club over at Torque Control continues apace; my posts about Bold as Love and Speed of Dark have already been mentioned here. The book for July (somewhat belatedly) was Karen Traviss' City of Pearl, discussed in...
Strange Horizons, w/c 1st August, by Niall Harrison (08/07/11)
In this week's issue: The first part of "The Rugged Track" by Liz Argall -- check back tomorrow for part two! Jamieson Ridenhour's poem "Foxes" The latest installment of Mark Plummer's Paraphernalia column, looking at Rockets in Reno And in...
Horizontal Connections 04.08.11, by Niall Harrison (08/04/11)
Time for our fortnightly roundup of links to writing and discussions about sf elsewhere online. The observant among you may notice that I'm not Jonathan, but I'd like to reiterate the point he always made, that I can't read everything,...
Strange Horizons, w/c 25th July, by Rachel Monte (07/31/11)
This week we have: Michael Keyton's article, "A Time to Die" "Our Father Who Art", a poem by Jeanie Tomasko And reviews of Catherynne M. Valente's Deathless, by Erin Horáková, a double review of Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path, by...
Call for volunteers: website content checking, by Niall Harrison (07/26/11)
As close readers of this blog may have realised, one of the ongoing projects this year at Strange Horizons is to update our website design and backend. In the ten years since we launched, the current site has served us...
Strange Horizons, w/c 18th July, by Rachel Monte (07/24/11)
This week we have: Robyn Fleming's column, "Dice and D-Pads: Cover Me" "Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot", a short story by Claire Humphrey Sara Polsky's poem, "The Internet in Heaven" And reviews of C.J. Cherryh's...
Horizontal Connections 21.07.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (07/19/11)
Here in London, Summer is no more. Instead, we have merely Autumn's preamble. Clouds, rain and the universal sentiment that we have somehow been cheated, deprived and mislead. What good is weather in the 20s if you have to wear...
Strange Horizons, w/c 11th July, by Rachel Monte (07/17/11)
This week we have: Matthew Cheney's column, "Lexias: Old, New" Ted Infinity and Nabil Hijazi's short story, "The Peacock "The Mesozoic Tour Guide", a poem by Ken Liu And reviews of Gwyneth Jones's The Universe of Things, by Paul Graham...
Strange Horizons, w/c 4th July, by Rachel Monte (07/10/11)
This week we have: Genevieve Valentine's column, "Intertitles: In Praise of the Glorious Mess" "One-Eyed Jack's", a short story by Tracy Canfield Shweta Narayan's poem, "Homeward Bound" And reviews of Eclipse Four (ed. Jonathan Strahan), by Richard Larson, S.L. Grey's...
Horizontal Connections 07.07.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (07/07/11)
Fresh from this year's Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass, I bring you... FIRE. Well, either that or links to some of the pieces of genre writing that have grabbed my attention over the past couple of weeks. As ever, If you...
On working toward our mission statement, by Karen Meisner (07/04/11)
This week, I read some criticism of a story published in Strange Horizons. Here are the two posts I read: http://tablesaw.dreamwidth.org/480301.html http://moniquill.dreamwidth.org/350055.html The author has responded here: http://csecooney.livejournal.com/322752.html The points have already been well made and well answered, but as...
Locus Award Winners, by Niall Harrison (07/01/11)
As I'm sure most people reading this are aware, this year's Locus Award winners were announced last weekend. Congratulations to all the winners! Strange Horizons had one story in the running this year, Theodora Goss's novelette "The Mad Scientist's Daughter"...
British Fantasy Award Nomination, by Niall Harrison (06/27/11)
Well, here's a nice way to start the week: BEST MAGAZINE/PERIODICAL Black Static – Andy Cox – TTA Cemetery Dance – Rich Chizmar Murky Depths – Terry Martin – The House Of Murky Depths Shadows and Tall Trees – Michael...
Strange Horizons, w/c 20th June, by Rachel Monte (06/26/11)
This week we have: John Clute's column, "Scores" The second part of Shaenon K. Garrity's short story, "The All-Night Truck Stop Polka Band" (read the first part "Plaster Messiahs", a poem by Marge Simon And reviews of K.W. Jeter's Infernal...
Horizontal Connections 23.06.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (06/23/11)
A somewhat truncated list this week due partly to my being on the road and away from my RSS feed and partly to the suspicion that, when it comes to links, more may very well be less. As ever, If...
Five for NPR, by Niall Harrison (06/21/11)
NPR are running a poll to generate a list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books; this follows on from polls to find the “best beach books” (2009) and “killer thrillers” (2010), both of which attracted something in...
Strange Horizons, w/c 13th June, by Rachel Monte (06/19/11)
This week we have: "Running Away to Bordertown", an interview by Karen Meisner with Holly Black, Ellen Kushner, and Terri Windling Karen Meisner's article, "A Medley of Authors (Re)Visiting One Magical City: Welcome to Bordertown" "Heroes of Tomorrow: Adventures in...
Strange Horizons, w/c 6th June, by Rachel Monte (06/12/11)
This week we have: Mark Plummer's column, "Paraphernalia: Dinner With My Friends" "Peerless", a short story by Karen Munro Ann K. Schwader's poem, "Past Human" And reviews of The King of the Elves: the Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick,...
The Theodore Sturgeon Award, by Niall Harrison (06/09/11)
We're delighted to hear that one of the stories we published last year, "The Night Train" by Lavie Tidhar, is a finalist for this year's Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short fiction of 2010. The full list of finalists:...
Horizontal Connections 09.06.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (06/09/11)
The time is at hand for another collection of links to smart things wot get said on the internet. As ever, If you have any suggestions, feedback or think that you may have written something that deserves a wider audience...
New Columnist: Mark Plummer, by Niall Harrison (06/06/11)
We have a new columnist this week! Mark Plummer, co-editor of the Hugo-nominated fanzine Banana Wings, will be writing about fans and fanzines, fannishness and fandom, and you can read his first dispatch here: Paraphernalia: Dinner With My Friends. I'm...
Wiscon Discussions, by Niall Harrison (06/06/11)
Unfortunately, I didn't get to go to Wiscon this year. Fortunately, quite a lot of the the people who did go have posted notes on the panels they attended, leading to a number of interesting discussions. Such as: "Where is...
Strange Horizons, w/c 30th May, by Rachel Monte (06/05/11)
This week we've had a focus on Carol Emshwiller and we have: A discussion of her work between Ursula K. Le Guin, Helen Merrick, Pat Murphy, and Gary K. Wolfe, with Niall Harrison A column on "The Emshwillerians" by Karen...
Discussion Continues, by Niall Harrison (06/03/11)
There have been a number of follow-up posts to the discussion I mentioned last weekend about the under-representation of women writers in the British sf market, and in particular about the dramatic imbalance revealed in the recent Guardian poll of...
Strange Horizons, w/c 23rd May, by Rachel Monte (05/29/11)
This we have: Robyn Fleming's column, "Dice and D-Pads: Fannish Enthusiasm" "If Alice...", a poem by Alexandra Seidel And we have reviews of Gary K. Wolfe's Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, by Matthew Cheney, Aliette de Bodard's Harbinger of...
In Search of Data, by Niall Harrison (05/28/11)
Earlier this week, occasioned by the launch of the British Library's "Out of This World" science fiction exhibition (about which more another time, hopefully), there was a discussion on the BBC Radio 4 show Woman's Hour about whether, or why,...
Horizontal Connections 26.05.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (05/25/11)
The latest in a series of biweekly posts that will bring you some of the latest and greatest online commentary on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Strange Horizons at Wiscon, by Niall Harrison (05/23/11)
Wiscon is fast approaching! Sadly I'm not going to be there this year, but other Strange Horizons staff will be. On Sunday afternoon the fiction editors will be hosting the usual tea party: Location 629 Time Sunday, 15.00-16.30 Strange Horizons'...
Towards a Strange Horizons Reviews Policy: Who is the Audience?, by Abigail Nussbaum (05/23/11)
Matt Cheney's review of Gary K. Wolfe's essay collection Evaporating Genres, which appears today, provides a good jumping off point for the relaunch of the this long-dormant series, in which I try to articulate my vision for the Strange Horizons...
Strange Horizons, w/c 16th May, by Rachel Monte (05/22/11)
This week we have: A column by Matthew Cheney, "Lexias: Joanna Russ" in memory of the deceased author "The Holder's Black-Haired Daughter", a short story by Kelly Jennings Megan Kurashige's poem, "Mythical Cities of Southwestern Minnesota" And reviews of Karen...
Quote of the Day, by Niall Harrison (05/16/11)
Christopher Priest, contra John Mullan and China Mieville, on genre, litfic or sf or otherwise: For China Miéville to cite or create or claim a new genre, an alleged balance against another, an argument for one genre being an argument...
More Short Story Discussion, by Niall Harrison (05/16/11)
I don't know, you wait for one short story club to come along, and suddenly they're all over the place. Over at the Locus Roundtable blog, Karen Burnham is kicking off a club to read some of this year's award-nominated...
A New Look, by Niall Harrison (05/15/11)
You may have noticed something different about the blog today: we have switched to a full-text view, both on the home page and in our Atom and RSS feeds. Overdue, we know, but here at last: thanks to Webmaster Shane...
Locus Award Finalists, by Niall Harrison (05/15/11)
While I'm on the subject of Strange Horizons stories and awards, it would be remiss of me not to note that the Locus Award Finalists have been announced, and that "The Mad Scientist's Daughter" by Theodora Goss (which of course...
Tiptree Book Club on "Beautiful White Bodies", by Niall Harrison (05/15/11)
The latest installment of the Tiptree Award Book Club is looking at Alice Sola Kim's 2009 SH story "Beautiful White Bodies". You can read the story here, and the discussion is here: At least one person on the jury that...
Strange Horizons, w/c 9th May, by Rachel Monte (05/14/11)
This week we have: Genevieve Valentine's column, "Intertitles: "A Strange and Savage Beauty": Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy" "Young Love on the Run from the Federal Alien Administration New Mexico (1984)", a short story by Grant Stone Lila Garrott's poem, "Telling...
Horizontal Connections 12.05.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (05/11/11)
The latest in a series of biweekly posts that will bring you some of the latest and greatest online commentary on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Strange Horizons, w/c 2nd May, by Rachel Monte (05/07/11)
This week, we have: A column by Vandana Singh, "Diffractions: Rewilding the World" "The Thick Night, a short story by Sunny Moraine Jenny Rossi's poem, "What Ray Taught Me" And we have reviews of Project Itoh's Harmony, by Adam Roberts,...
Young Adult Roundup, by Pamela Manasco (05/04/11)
A roundup of interesting, intriguing, and enlightening developments in the YA world, including not-so-flattering comments about Neil Gaiman, Hunger Games casting news, and a writing community auction benefiting southern storm relief.
Joanna Russ - A Requiem in Links, by Jonathan McCalmont (05/02/11)
A collection of online tributes to the writer, critic and academic Joanna Russ who died this weekend.
Strange Horizons, w/c 25th April, by Rachel Monte (04/30/11)
This week we have: An interview with Jonathan L. Howard, "Fascinated by the Grotesque and Macabre", by Molly Tanzer John Clute's column, "Scores" "Tonight I Know", a poem by Shweta Narayan And reviews of the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award...
Joanna Russ, 1937-2011, by Niall Harrison (04/30/11)
Sad news yesterday that Joanna Russ has died. There's a brief obituary at Locus Online. We've also been collecting some quotes and links on Twitter, and will be keeping an eye out for other tributes. An enormously important and brilliant writer of both fiction and criticism, she will be missed, but remembered.
And the winner is ..., by Niall Harrison (04/28/11)
This year's Arthur C. Clarke Award has gone to Zoo City by Lauren Beukes.
Horizontal Connections 28.04.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (04/27/11)
The latest in a series of biweekly posts that will bring you some of the latest and greatest online commentary on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Kidlit for a Good Cause: Write Hope, by Pamela Manasco (04/23/11)
What completely blew my mind was what happened next. Whole critique groups started in the comments, during those bidding wars. Even despite the ruthless bidding, people were rooting for the other to win. Some of the winners shared their prize. Donors upped their game. In one of our auctions the winning bidder offered to make handmade bookmarks for all other bidders, so no one got left out.
Strange Horizons, w/c 18th April, by Rachel Monte (04/22/11)
This week we have: Karen Healey's column, "Heroes of Tomorrow: A Diana Wynne Jones Retrospective" "Items Found in a Box Belonging to Jonas Connolly" by Laura E. Price Jo Walton's poem "Serenissima" And reviews of Juliet E. McKenna's Blood in...
Notes on a Shortlist 2011, by Niall Harrison (04/19/11)
Thoughts on the Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist.
Strange Horizons, w/c 11th April, by Niall Harrison (04/16/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Horizontal Connections 14.04.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (04/13/11)
The latest in a series of biweekly posts that will bring you some of the latest and greatest online commentary on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Happy Birthday, Carol Emshwiller!, by Niall Harrison (04/12/11)
The Carol Emshwiller Project is collecting material in celebration of Emshwiller's 90th birthday.
Strange Horizons, w/c 4th April, by Niall Harrison (04/09/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
It's All About Popular, by Pamela Manasco (04/06/11)
From fan discussions about plot points, movie casting, and character romances, it's like watching people argue in another language.
Author Focus: Nisi Shawl, by Niall Harrison (04/04/11)
Our first Author Focus issue for a while features an interview with, and a column and a story by, Nisi Shawl.
Strange Horizons, w/c 28th March, by Niall Harrison (04/02/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Thank You, Diana Wynne Jones: A Tribute, by JoSelle Vanderhooft (04/01/11)
Unlike most of the authors and readers who have honored Diana Wynne Jones this week in moving and eloquent tributes, I came to her work at a relatively late date—both in her career and in my childhood. I discovered her...
Diana Wynne Jones - A Requiem in Links, by Jonathan McCalmont (04/01/11)
A collection of links to a few of the pieces posted online in tribute to Diana Wynne Jones.
A Few Good Women: A Call for Reviewers, by Abigail Nussbaum (03/31/11)
Ten days ago Niall Harrison posted The SF Count, a look at how genre review venues break down according to gender--how many female authors are reviewed, and how many of the reviewers are women. The numbers, though unsurprising to those...
Horizontal Connections 31.03.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (03/30/11)
The latest in a series of biweekly posts that will bring you some of the latest and greatest online commentary on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
My Life in a Shared Universe, by Niall Harrison (03/30/11)
This week's issue sees the start of another new column, Robyn Fleming's Dice and D-Pads.
A trip to the archives: Ten years ago this month!, by Susan Marie Groppi (03/28/11)
Hello, everyone! I thought it might be nice to use these last-week-of-the-month issues, when there's no new fiction, to take a look at fiction we've published in the past.
Diana Wynne Jones, 1934-2011, by Niall Harrison (03/28/11)
As I expect most of those reading this will have seen, Diana Wynne Jones passed away over the weekend.
Strange Horizons, w/c 21st March, by Niall Harrison (03/26/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Odds and Ends, by Niall Harrison (03/26/11)
Tiptree, Tiptree, Aurealis, Hugos: awards and other links.
Book Trailers: How, and When, Do They Work?, by Pamela Manasco (03/23/11)
Now it seems like every time I research an upcoming YA novel, I will find, somewhere on the author's blog, a link to a book trailer on Youtube. Book trailers have exploded onto the internet, and having one—whether it's a homemade, author-driven project or taken care of by a large publisher—seems like a badge of honor for books.
The SF Count, by Niall Harrison (03/21/11)
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been carrying out the count for sf venues. The good news is that we're not more imbalanced than the mainstream venues; that bad news is that we're not really any less imbalanced, either.
Tiptree Award Winner, by Niall Harrison (03/21/11)
The winner of this year's James Tiptree Jr Award -- and there's a Strange Horizons story on the Honor List.
Strange Horizons, w/c 14th March, by Niall Harrison (03/18/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Horizontal Connections 17.03.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (03/17/11)
The latest in a series of biweekly posts that will bring you some of the latest and greatest online commentary on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
The Speculative Orange 2011, by Niall Harrison (03/16/11)
The longlist for the 2011 Orange Prize is out. Is there any speculative fiction on it?
On Winter's Bone and the Fairy Tale Heroine, by Abigail Nussbaum (03/15/11)
This week sees the launch of another new column, Genevieve Valentine's Intertitles. I've been an admirer of Genevieve's writing, both her fiction and nonfiction, for a while, and it's a great treat to see her joining the Strange Horizons family....
Strange Horizons, w/c 7th March, by Niall Harrison (03/12/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
New Columnist: Vandana Singh, by Niall Harrison (03/07/11)
This week's Strange Horizons sees the first installment of Vandana Singh's column, Diffractions.
Another Short Story Club, by Niall Harrison (03/07/11)
The Tiptree Book Club has launched with a discussion of "Useless Things" by Maureen McHugh.
Readers' Poll: Final Reminder, by Niall Harrison (03/06/11)
You have just a few hours left to vote in the 2010 Readers' Poll, so if you were holding back to debate your choices, debate no longer!...
Strange Horizons, w/c 28th February, by Niall Harrison (03/04/11)
The contents of this week's magazine -- and don't forget to vote in the Readers' Poll, which closes on Sunday.
The Arthur C Clarke Award Shortlist, by Niall Harrison (03/04/11)
This year's shortlist: is it any good?
Con or Bust, by Niall Harrison (03/04/11)
Bid for books (and many other things) in the Con or Bust auction.
Horizontal Connections 03.03.11, by Jonathan McCalmont (03/03/11)
This is the first in a series of biweekly posts that will bring you some of the latest and greatest online commentary on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Morality in Young Adult Dystopias, by Pamela Manasco (03/02/11)
Whether in Huxley or Orwell or Collins, I believe that the most pervasive moral in dystopian fiction—young adult or adult—is the importance of freedom.
New Faces, by Niall Harrison (02/28/11)
New staff at Strange Horizons, and on the blog.
Bold as Love, by Niall Harrison (02/26/11)
Links to a discussion of Gwyneth Jones' 2001 novel.
Strange Horizons, w/c 21st February, by Niall Harrison (02/26/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Quote of the Day, by Niall Harrison (02/23/11)
Alastair Reynolds on hard sf.
Readers' Poll, by Niall Harrison (02/21/11)
The Strange Horizons 2010 Readers' Poll is now open!
Strange Horizons, w/c 14th February, by Niall Harrison (02/18/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Deadlines, by Niall Harrison (02/16/11)
Deadlines for applications for the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in sf criticism are rapidly approaching.
Strange Horizons, w/c 7th February, by Niall Harrison (02/11/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Strange Horizons, w/c 31 January, by Niall Harrison (02/04/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Reading Utopia, by Niall Harrison (02/03/11)
The start of a project.
Recommended Reading, by Niall Harrison (02/03/11)
Strange Horizons stories on this year's Locus Recommended Reading List.
Quote of the Day, by Niall Harrison (02/02/11)
Theodora Goss on mythpunk.
amimythpunkornot.com, by Niall Harrison (01/31/11)
So which works are actually mythpunk?
Strange Horizons, w/c 24 January, by Niall Harrison (01/28/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Quote of the Day, by Niall Harrison (01/27/11)
Kim Stanley Robinson on infodumping.
Mythpunk, by Niall Harrison (01/25/11)
What does mythpunk mean to you?
Strange Horizons, w/c 17 January, by Niall Harrison (01/21/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
Towards a Strange Horizons Reviews Policy: What to Review, by Abigail Nussbaum (01/16/11)
Strange Horizons publishes three reviews every week. That's at least a dozen reviews every month. More than a hundred and fifty a year. This, as far as I can tell, makes Strange Horizons the most prolific speculative fiction reviewing organ...
Strange Horizons, w/c 10 January, by Niall Harrison (01/14/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
When in doubt, list, by Niall Harrison (01/12/11)
Tor.com are running a poll to determine "the best science fiction and fantasy novels of the first decade of the 21st century!"
Towards a Strange Horizons Review Policy: An Introduction, by Abigail Nussbaum (01/08/11)
My name is Abigail Nussbaum, and I've been Strange Horizons's reviews editor for the last two months. Before that I'd been a blogger (at Asking the Wrong Questions) and a reviewer (for Strange Horizons and other sources) for more than...
Strange Horizons, w/c 3 January, by Niall Harrison (01/07/11)
The contents of this week's issue.
SFS, CSZ, and Other Acronyms, by Niall Harrison (01/06/11)
Getting your sf criticism fix electronically.
Year's Best selections, by Niall Harrison (01/04/11)
Strange Horizons stories picked up for Year's Best volumes, and a little bit of number crunching.
Read Naomi Mitchison, by Niall Harrison (01/04/11)
News of reprints from a Scottish publisher.
And So It Begins, by Niall Harrison (01/03/11)
Welcome to the Strange Horizons blog!
The Conclusion! , by Rachel Monte (11/07/10)
Hi everyone, That's it for the 2010 Strange Horizons Fund Drive. It's been wonderful to see how much Strange Horizons means to everyone. A last minute flurry of donations brought us much closer to our fund drive goal, even if...
A penultimate post!, by Rachel Monte (11/07/10)
The response in the past week has been fantastic to see, nearly doubling our donations so far-- I'm assuming you guys were as excited by the World Fantasy Award as we were! In any case, it's amazing to know that...
The World Fantasy Awards, and a belated update on the fund drive, by Rachel Monte (10/31/10)
Hi everybody, Sorry that we kind've disappeared for a while there! But we return with some very exciting news-- huge congratulations are in order for our editor-in-chief, Susan, who won a World Fantasy Award for her work at Strange Horizons!...
Competition number 2!, by Rachel Monte (09/25/10)
The promotional competition for The Way of Kings has now closed, and the winner notified! Thank you to everyone who participated, it was very much appreciated, and you are all wonderful people. Now it's time for the second promotional competition....
Week 1: promotion competition! prizes to be won!, by Rachel Monte (09/14/10)
This evening marks the first full week of the fund drive, so it's time for a little friendly competition... So far, we've raised over $1500 of our target $7000, which leaves just $5500 left to achieve. As always, if you...
Strange Horizons readings and events in September!, by Rachel Monte (09/10/10)
There are a series of Strange Horizons readings and other events coming up this month, and if you're in the area-- or able to get to the area-- then I definitely recommend that you drop by! Our first reading was...
Strange Horizons reading TODAY in Washington!, by Rachel Monte (09/08/10)
Just a quick note for all you Strange Horizons fans in Washington, DC-- there will be a Strange Horizons reading at the Library of Congress today, as part of our fund drive. The reading is part of the Library's "What...
Welcome to the 2010 Strange Horizons Fund Drive!, by Rachel Monte (09/06/10)
Welcome to the 2010 fund drive! This September marks not only the beginning of our annual fund drive, but the tenth anniversary of Strange Horizons. This month, we celebrate ten years of publishing stories written by authors both new and...
The Thrilling Conclusion!, by Susan Marie Groppi (09/06/09)
As someone has just noted in the comments on a previous entry, we did kind of disappear for a while at the end here. The explanation isn't nearly interesting enough to be worth taking your time, so instead I hope...
Week 3 Blogger Prize: Jay Lake Flash Fiction!, by Susan Marie Groppi (08/18/09)
Oh yes, we're still going with the fund drive (see previous post for more explanation) and we're still offering prizes to people who blog about it. This week's prize: Jay Lake will write an original piece of flash fiction, custom-written...
The fund drive and our annual budget., by Susan Marie Groppi (08/18/09)
From the very beginning, we've always tried to be very transparent about our finances. If we're asking for your money, we should be up-front with you about where it goes, right? Given our extraordinary success with this month's fund drive,...
So, about that fund drive goal., by Susan Marie Groppi (08/17/09)
Seriously, people, something crazy happened on Friday. John Scalzi said that he and his wife would match up to $500 in donations, and before the day was over, we'd raised more than ten thousand dollars. Ten thousand dollars! And the...
John Scalzi is matching donations!, by Susan Marie Groppi (08/14/09)
The lovely and talented (and multiple-Hugo-winning) John Scalzi has made an incredibly generous offer for the Strange Horizons fund drive: John and his wife Kristine are matching any donations recieved today (Friday, 14 August), up to a cap of $500....
We have a winner! Two, actually., by Susan Marie Groppi (08/11/09)
As previously mentioned, we're giving some shiny prizes out to bloggers who help publicize this month's fund drive. The blogger prize for the first week of the fund drive, an advance copy of Cory Doctorow's new novel Makers, goes to...
Week 2 Blogger Prize: Small Beer Press Package, by Susan Marie Groppi (08/10/09)
Entering the second week of the Strange Horizons fund drive, we have a new blogger prize! (I'll be announcing the winners of the first week's prize soon.) This week, if you blog about the Strange Horizons fund drive, you might...
Love for Twitter, too!, by Susan Marie Groppi (08/05/09)
So we're offering shiny prizes for people who help out by blogging about our fund drive. But we love Twitter too! And if you're helping us out by pointing people to the fund drive through Twitter, we have prizes for...
Blogger Incentive Prize: Advance Copy of Makers, by Susan Marie Groppi (08/05/09)
During these fund drive, we (of course) want you to donate. But we also want you to help us out with publicity! We're more likely to succeed if more people know what we're doing. We would really appreciate it if...
Welcome to the 2009 Strange Horizons Fund Drive!, by Susan Marie Groppi (08/02/09)
When Strange Horizons began publishing in September 2000, we were experimenting with a new vision for a speculative fiction magazine. We wanted to be a magazine that encouraged and supported new writers, a home for a new generation of science...