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22 June 2015

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ARTICLE: Space: A Playground for Postcapitalist Posthumans, by Karen Burnham

Instead of featuring space as a thing we will conquer, recent SF looks to space (not inner space or virtual space but outer space, the place that starts 100km above the surface of the Earth or other planets) as a setting we must adapt to and changes what it means to be human in the process.

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 1: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh

"To call any work of art "timeless" begs the question at best. Nevertheless, though, I want to say that the core of Rendezvous with Rama, the wonder and mystery and joy I feel when I read it, remains untouched by time, and whether it actually will or not it feels to me as though it always will."

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 2: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh

"This is also how I'm explaining the otherwise discordant simp interlude to myself. It's an uplift red herring! As in, maybe it's meant to get us into the uplift state of mind, to set up an implied/potential Ramans:humans::humans:superchimps relationship."

POETRY: Dronin', by Peter Medeiros

There's no way into the quarantine zone / on foot, so from my wall-screened apartment / I pilot a makeshift drone to you

POETRY: Podcast: June Poetry, by Nin Harris, Bronwyn Lovell, Lore Graham, and Peter Medeiros, read by Nin Harris, Ciro Faienza, Julia Rios, and Amber Read

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents poetry from the June issues.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Manhattan Projects Vols 1-5 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra, reviewed by Alasdair Czyrnyj
Wednesday: When we were Animals by Joshua Gaylord, reviewed by Karen Munro
Friday: Dark Star by Oliver Langmead, reviewed by Dan Base


15 June 2015

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FICTION: What We're Having, by Nathaniel Lee

I want to do right by you, Frankie, even if I’m crazy and it means I’m wasting five bucks. I don’t want you to have cooked imaginary bacon.

FICTION: Podcast: What We're Having, by Nathaniel Lee, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Nathaniel Lee's "What We're Having."

POETRY: To My Creators, by Lore Graham

You can’t see beneath the exoskeleton, / this stylized mockery of female form

COLUMN: Intertitles: Have Courage: Ex Machina, Cinderella, and the Construction of the Feminine Identity, by Genevieve Valentine

The scene of feminine transformation is one of cinema's most familiar.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Vermilion by Molly Tanzer, reviewed by Karen Burnham
Wednesday: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, reviewed by Mahvesh Murad
Friday: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean ed. Kirsti Murray, reviewed by Electra Pritchett


8 June 2015

[Column by Kari Sperring]

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FICTION: Utrechtenaar (Part 2 of 2), by Paul Evanby

In his carriage, riding slowly through the countryside just outside the city, the old baron mutters what he wants me to do, and what his driver is going to pay me afterwards. He turns around and pulls aside his justaucorps. I make as if to oblige, but instead I lay my hand over his mouth, push him into the cushions and whisper: “I don’t want money.” He struggles, but not very hard. He is used to this game. Gently I pull off his wig, exposing a blotched pate. I can feel his surprise. “I want information.”

FICTION: Podcast: Utrechtenaar (Part 2 of 2), by Paul Evanby, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Paul Evanby's "Utrechtenaar (Part 2 of 2)."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: Vlada Monakhova, by Tory Hoke

I find a lot of appeal in the eerie, the creepy, the unsettling. . . . I remember being told that you grow out of that kind of phase like you grow out of a pair of shoes, but mine just turned to hooves and booked it straight for the woods.

POETRY: Challenger, by Bronwyn Lovell

Ascending for seventy-three euphoric / seconds we thought they’d got away

COLUMN: Matrilines: Sylvia Townsend Warner: The Quiet Revolutionary, by Kari Sperring

Sitting down to write this second column, I found myself wondering how many readers will have heard of its subject.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: 2015 Hugo Awards Short Fiction Shortlist, reviewed by Martin Lewis
Wednesday: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum
Friday: Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories by Alex Shvartsman, reviewed by Jeremy Szal


1 June 2015

[Fiction by Paul Evanby]

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FICTION: Utrechtenaar (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Evanby

The watchman’s lantern moves in my direction, bobbing slowly. Suddenly I am rigid with panic, unsure where to go, certain I cannot stay here. I have visions of being arrested and interrogated, having to face the incredulous looks of my friends, the disapproving gazes of my professors.

FICTION: Podcast: Utrechtenaar (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Evanby, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Paul Evanby's "Utrechtenaar (Part 1 of 2)."

COLUMN: Scores, by John Clute

Here is an anecdote enclosing a story by Rhys Hughes exposing an author who says Hi! You Have Just Passed Go.

POETRY: Reversed Polarities, by Nin Harris

I became a generator not just for myself / but for others, stray travelers and passers-by

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Jupiter Ascending, reviewed by Rachael Acks
Wednesday: Saint Rebor by Adam Roberts, reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
Friday: Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky, reviewed by Martin Cahill



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