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25 July 2016

[Fiction by Gabriel Murray]

(Fiction)

FICTION: Bull of Heaven, by Gabriel Murray

Francis was fifteen years of age when he met Lord Masashige, and an hour old when he took holy orders and dedicated himself to Christ.

FICTION: Podcast: Bull of Heaven, by Gabriel Murray, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Gabriel Murray's "Bull of Heaven."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: A.L. Kaplan, by Heather McDougal

What if aliens invaded and we had to learn how to accommodate them?  What would change politically, socially, culturally, linguistically?

ARTICLE: Our Queer Roundtable, by Anna Anthropy, Rose Fox, AJ Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin, Nisi Shawl, and Cynthia Ward

The fluidity, inclusiveness, and fundamental instability of queerness are the attributes that draw me to it.

POETRY: Stone Heart, by Omar Sakr

"be careful, stone of my heart, / she said. mortal men hunger / for us, and some mistake need / for love."

POETRY: eve (and adam), by Safiya Correia

my toes are still curled as / you surface to kiss me, ambrosia / on your lips as I welcome you in.

POETRY: Podcast: July Poetry, by Marina Berlin, Darren Lipman, Michelle Vider, Halee Kirkwood, Hester J. Rook, Karolina Fedyk, Omar Sakr, and Safiya Correia, read by Marina Berlin, Ciro Faienza, Michelle Vider, Halee Kirkwood, Rebecca Brooks-Steele, Karolina Fedyk, and Romie Stott

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents poetry from the July issues.

COLUMN: Lesbian Agender Space Rocks . . . And Stevonnie!, by Alex Dally MacFarlane

One of the bigger issues across all LBGTQIA+ representation—and, indeed, all representation of non-dominant groups—is plurality of characters.

COLUMN: black gay ordinary: scenes, by Keguro Macharia

"No one has imagined us" seems simple if taken as no one has imagined me. No single individual can be imagined in all its singularity. The "us" makes all the difference.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho, reviewed by Keguro Macharia
Steven Universe, reviewed by Erin Horáková
Blood: Stories by Matthew Cheney, reviewed by Redfern Jon Barret


18 July 2016

[Fiction by S. Qiouyi Lu]

(Fiction)

FICTION: Her Sacred Spirit Soars, by S. Qiouyi Lu

You bear our weight on your leg; when you tire, I bear our weight on mine. We work our two eyes together.

FICTION: Podcast: Her Sacred Spirit Soars, by S. Qiouyi Lu, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents S. Qiouyi Lu's "Her Sacred Spirit Soars."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: Slimm Fabert, by Tory Hoke

I’m tired of seeing blue space babes and ridiculous, spiky armor in highly rendered but­ stylistically ­uninteresting illustrations.

POETRY: The Sparrows in Her Hair, by Hester J. Rook

Her mouth is caramelised fig and salt tang / and she wears seaweed in her hair.

POETRY: Sawa, by Karolina Fedyk

Riverbed is home. / Tides fold over me, smooth and sweet, asking: / what could be worth burning your voice out, up there?

COLUMN: The Tourist, by Nicasio Andres Reed

I lived in Seattle for about five years, but only went up to Vancouver two or three times, and that was a crime on my part because it’s a beautiful city: great landscape, good eating, packed with Canadians.

COLUMN: Some Advice From a Gay Publisher on Writing Gay, by Steve Berman

There are greater opportunities for writers of gay fiction now than ever before.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Two Worlds And In Between and Beneath an Oil-Dark by Caitlín R. Kiernan, reviewed by Roz Kaveney
Wednesday: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy: Beyond Boy Wizards and Kick-ass Chicks edited by Jude Roberts and Esther MacCallum-Stewart, reviewed by Nick Hubble
Friday: An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassifiables edited by Rose Lemberg, reviewed by Karen Burnham


11 July 2016

[Fiction by Sara Norja]

(Fiction)

FICTION: Water, Birch, and Blood, by Sara Norja

Kristian is fidgeting and asks the dreaded and inevitable question for the umpteenth time. "Mummy, Ma, are we there yet?" "Almost there, sweetpea," says Maarit, sharing a grimace with me. I’m concentrating on remembering precisely which wooded path it is that leads to my family’s summer cabin. Sometimes it feels like the forest changes . . . .

FICTION: Podcast: Water, Birch, and Blood, by Sara Norja, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Sara Norja's "Water, Birch, and Blood."

ARTICLE: How to Write Like A Queer: A Letter To Myself, by Fabio Fernandes

At some point in your life earlier than that, however, you will be brave enough to look in the mirror and say to yourself: this is what I am, this is who I am. You will cry, you will laugh, you will feel like leaving the party early. You will try at least once. Don’t. Your story doesn’t end here.

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: O Horvath, by Tory Hoke

I want to challenge how women's bodies are thought of and represented—in comics especially.

COLUMN: Open Book, Insert Self, by Yoon Ha Lee

Once upon a time, in a used bookstore in Houston, I came across a book called The Seven Serpents by Steve Jackson.

POETRY: A Mergirl Speaks Of Travels, by Michelle Vider

Listen—one day you're gonna find yourself out in the ocean, / in the world, and you're gonna stop and feel the electric / heartbeat of the entire world in the water around you—

POETRY: Duck Dance, Two-Step, by Halee Kirkwood

That our flower girl would sprinkle / tobacco leaves instead of rose petals / before you plucked me apart / with your blood-smudged claws.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, reviewed by Daniel Haeusser.
Wednesday: Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and FantasyComics Anthology, ed by Sfé R. Monster, reviewed by Nino Cipri
Friday: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson, reviewed by Michael Levy


4 July 2016

[Fiction by Vajra Chandrasekera]

(Fiction)

FICTION: Sweet Marrow, by Vajra Chandrasekera

At first, the murder is universally mistaken for a run-of-the-mill political assassination.

FICTION: Podcast: Sweet Marrow, by Vajra Chandrasekera, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Vajra Chandrasekera's "Sweet Marrow."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: Alex Araiza, by Tory Hoke

Usually [comics are] a way for me to say things I’m too embarrassed to say out loud or outright tell someone about.

POETRY: Odessa, by Marina Berlin

By the docks, Sonia the / thief, the temptress, smiles / at you, daring you to / tell her the truth.

POETRY: Interview with a 22nd-Century Sex Worker, by Darren Lipman

Oil's a fine lubricant for fucking robots / he told me over lunch at the corner cafe / on a Sunday afternoon across the street / from el Templo del Jesus Androide.

COLUMN: Did You Mean "A Romantic"?, by Penny Stirling

"One day you'll find the right someone and they'll change your mind," I heard in high school, a lot, and I began to fear this, this bogeyman who would—inevitably, unstoppably—brainwash me from total disinterest to total interest.

COLUMN: Marginalia: You Spin Me Right Round , by Vajra Chandrasekera

I'm going to talk a little bit about the work of Kuzhali Manickavel.

EDITORIAL: Our Queer Planet, by Brit Mandelo

Welcome to Strange Horizons's summer special, highlighting international, queer, and fantastic writing.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Memory by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverria, reviewed by K. Tait Jarboe
Wednesday: In The Flesh, reviewed by Hal Duncan
Friday: The American Shore by Samuel R. Delany, reviewed by Dara Downey



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