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22 September 2014

FICTION: Introduction to "The Lucky Strike", by Leonard Richardson and Sumana Harihareswara

In the fiction writer's bag of tricks there's a surefire technique for garnering sympathy for a character: show them reading something.

FICTION: The Lucky Strike, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Today, the first of August, there was something more interesting to watch than the usual Superfortress parade. Word was out that General Le May wanted to take the 509th's mission away from it. Their commander Colonel Tibbets had gone and bitched to La May in person, and the general had agreed the mission was theirs, but on one condition: one of the general's men was to make a test flight with the 509th, to make sure they were fit for combat over Japan.

FICTION: Podcast: The Lucky Strike, by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Kim Stanley Robinson's "The Lucky Strike."

COLUMN: Intertitles: And Was Obliged to Go On Dancing: The Red Shoes and the Chastised Woman, by Genevieve Valentine

At first glance, "The Red Shoes" is a story about dancing, and it's no surprise that the relatively rare screen adaptations of the story are almost exclusively dance pieces . . .

POETRY: Gorgon Girls, by Saira Ali

There is nothing more monstrous in our gaze than a mirror.

15 September 2014

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FICTION: The Great Detective, by Sarah Brooks

It was the alien that made Mayumi's Grandma into a detective. 'Not just any detective,' says Grandma. 'The Great Detective.'

FICTION: Podcast: The Great Detective, by Sarah Brooks, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Sarah Brooks's "The Great Detective."

POETRY: The Daemon Lover, by Pamela Manasco

How those bows tackled under like ice.

EDITORIAL: Changes in the Reviews Department, by Niall Harrison

Abigail has, however, decided to move on, and at the end of the year will be standing down as Reviews Editor.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, reviewed by Adam Roberts
Wednesday: This Strange Way of Dying: Stories of Magic, Desire & the Fantastic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, reviewed by Foz Meadows
Friday: The Stonehenge Letters by Harry Karlinsky, reviewed by Nina Allan


8 September 2014

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FICTION: Never the Same, by Polenth Blake

When I was younger, people assumed I was nice. I knew when to smile and when to cry. They never believed it was me who stole the biscuits or set the cushions on fire. Until they ran the routine scans and I failed. Then every tear was viewed with suspicion. Every smile was cause to check for smoke. My sister was the only one who disagreed.

FICTION: Podcast: Never the Same, by Polenth Blake, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Polenth Blake's "Never the Same."

POETRY: Sea-Sweet, by Yoon Ha Lee

I bit you down / to bones

COLUMN: Movements: Translations, Mother Tongue, and Acts of Resistance (Part 2), by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

For some time now, I’ve been involved with the Interstitial Arts Foundation dream translation project. The thrust of this project is to see more works from non-Anglophone nations come into translation, to work together with translators, writers, and editors, and to look into funding that would cover the high cost of translations.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Short Fiction Snapshot #10: "Dagon's Bargain" by Gehayi, reviewed by Erin Horáková
Wednesday: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, reviewed by James Smythe
Friday: Call and Response by Paul Kincaid, reviewed by Liz Bourke


1 September 2014

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FICTION: Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye, by Claire Humphrey

Dad bought my safekeeper from the school.  The company had some kind of booth at Parent-Teacher Night.  He gave me this box tied with a purple ribbon.  I opened it and saw the black plastic handcuff, decorated with a row of number keys and a port on the side to charge it.

FICTION: Podcast: Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye, by Claire Humphrey, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Claire Humphrey's "Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye."

POETRY: Used, by Eric Otto

metal body a metal body

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Madonna and the Starship by James Morrow, reviewed by Molly Katz
Wednesday: Fringe 2014, part 1, reviewed by Erin Horáková
Friday: Fringe 2014, part 2, reviewed by Erin Horáková



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