SH at Wiscon: The photos!

posted by Niall Harrison on 26 May 2015 | Comments (0) »

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 dropped by!

Also at the tea party, some fill-it-yourself posters in recognition of our fifteenth anniversary, coming up this September. Where does the time go?

SH at Wiscon

posted by Niall Harrison on 18 May 2015 | Comments (0) »

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 discuss Strange Horizons at our tea party! The magazine is in its fifteenth year, ready to start asking for the car and bringing it back empty. What's in store for the future? What have you loved, and what do you want to see? Chat with some of our staff and writers, and enjoy your tea.

We're also a co-sponsor of this year's Floomp, on Saturday evening, and you can find various SH contributors and staff across the programme. It looks like being a good con! Hope everyone who's going has a great time.

On History

posted by Niall Harrison on 4 May 2015 | Comments (0) »

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 quite pleased with how this has worked out, so we're going to be doing some additional themed strands in the future -- not that all of our material will be squeezed into a theme, or that we will only publish material on these themes, of course. Anyway, you can see some of our future ideas on our non-fiction guidelines page, and for reference, here's all of the "history" material:

Stranger Horizons, April 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 30 April 2015 | Comments (0) »

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. Cat Rambo's fantasy novel, Beasts of Tabat, is out from Tabat Press. Mary Robinette Kowal's latest novel, the fifth and final volume in her Glamourist Histories, is Of Noble Family. Aliya Whiteley's new novel Skein Island (more here) is out from Dog Horn Publishing. And Joanne Merriam has two anthologies out through Upper Rubber Boot: Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, and How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens (both of which feature a number of SH contributors).

New stories everywhere! Zen Cho's latest is "Monkey King, Faerie Queen", in Kaleidotrope. Sarah Pinsker's "Today's Smarthouse in Love" is in the May/June F&SF (which is on newsstands now). The latest Apex included A.C. Wise's "Silver Buttons All Down His Back", and Octavia Cade's "Crow", the latest in a series of stories about the future of New Zealand's fishing industry. this month featured Vandana Singh's "Ambiguity Machines: An Examination", Sabrina Vourvoulias' "The Ways of Walls and Words", and Usman Malik's novella "The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn." The latest Farrago's Wainscot features Paul Jessup's "The Days of Talking Mountains", Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's "Dance Our Shoes to Pieces", and Romie Stott's "Every Hand a Winner." Karen Munro's "The Dead Must Make Way for the Living" appeared at Necessary Fiction. James S. Dorr's "Dead Lines" appeared at Daily Science Fiction. Orrin Grey has a story in Giallo Fantastique, edited by Ross E. Lockhart. L. S. Johnson has one story in the anthology Strange Tales V from Tartarus Press, and another picked as the winner of the 2015 OddContest. Alison Wilgus' "The Last Wild Place" appeared in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. Mat Joiner has a new tale, "Half The War is a Memory of Trees", in Not One of Us #53, just out. Andrew Kozma's "Coin in My Mouth, Coins on My Eyes" appeared in Juked. Virginia M. Mohlere's flash, "A Million Tiny Ropes", appeared in The Journal of Unlikely Coulrophobia, along with Carlie St. George's "Break the Face in the Jar by the Door." A podcast note: Kate Heartfield's "Traveller, Take Me" appeared at Podcastle. And a reprint note: Gwynne Garfinkle's SH story "In Lieu of a Thank You" has been reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk.

Just a few updates on the poetry front. Stone Telling released its joke issue, including work by Susannah Mandel, Mari Ness, Emily Jiang, Jaymee Goh, Alexander Seidel, and others. Margarita Tenser has a poem in the latest issue of Meniscus. Jeannine Hall Gailey's "Post-Apocalypse (With HGTV Magazine)" was featured on the Rumpus. Sara Norja's "The World in Springtime" appeared in The Stare's Nest. A. J. Odasso's "Your last word on earth" is in Star*Line 38.2. Deborah P. Kolodji's haiku "eerie notes" is in the latest Eye to the Telescope, along with work by Mari Ness, Ruth Berman, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo, and others. And Jessy Randall's "Are All of These Shovels Our Shovels? appeared at Eclectica.

And some non-fiction to finish. Sofia Samatar explains why everyone should be reading Carmen Maria Machado; and Carmen reviewed classic lesbian novel Rubyfruit Jungle for Uncovered Classics. Ada Hoffmann has reviewed Michelle Sagara's Silence and T. Michael Martin's End Games for Disability in Kidlit's Autism Month. Abigail Nussbaum has thoughts on Daredevil. The latest Mad Norwegian Press Doctor Who collections is Companion Piece, in which women celebrate the companions that have mattered to them; it includes essays by Gwynne Garfinkle, Foz Meadows, Nina Allan, Amal El-Mohtar, and others. Electra Pritchett has a retrospective review of Kate Elliott's Highroad Trilogy at SF Misstressworks. Matthew Cheney ponders The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction. Maureen Kincaid Speller writes about John Mullan's wrongness about fantasy. And Nina Allan has read the Clarke shortlist.

Clarke Day 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 8 April 2015 | Comments (0) »

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, the Kitschies gave us Allan, Gibson, Okorafor, Smith, and Wiles (with Smith winning), plus Byrne, Chambers, Eyre, Itaranta, and Yanagihara (with Eyre winning). The BSFA showcased Allan, Hardinge, Hutchinson, Ings, Leckie, North, Okorafor and Williamson, with Leckie taking the prize. For the Clarke I predicted Byrne, Gibson, Hutchinson, Leckie, Mandel and Okorafor, and hoped for Allan, Byrne, Faber, Mitchell, Swift, and Yanagihara. And what have they given us, in the end?

The Girl With All The Gifts by MR Carey (Orbit)
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate)
Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta (HarperVoyager)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (Orbit)
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (Picador)

Put another way, that's one from the Kitschies, two from the BSFA, two from my prediction, and one from my wishlist. But 2014 had a very deep bench. The winner of the BSFA Award isn't shortlisted, nor is either winner of the Tiptree Award (I can live without Jo Walton, but the absence of The Girl in the Road strikes me as a serious omission), and the winner of the Kitschies wasn't submitted. There's no Jeff VanderMeer -- an unexpectedly complete washout in UK awards so far -- no Nnedi Okorafor (and nothing from Hodderscape at all, which seems off), no Adam Roberts (whose Bete I haven't yet read, but has been reviewed as one of his best), no Nina Allan (the biggest omission?), no Hanya Yanagihara, no EJ Swift, no William Gibson, no Simon Ings, no Peter Watts, no David Mitchell, no Ann Leckie …

So what do we have?

We have a list of six first-time nominees (which I believe has not happened since 1991), hailing from Canada, Finland, the Netherlands via Scotland, and three times from England (the last year without an American being 2008); we have three men and three women (back to 2002 for that), an all-white list (true most years, sadly), and one writer in (self) translation (and I think you have to go all the way to 1988 to find another translated nominee). Five publishers represented, putting Orbit on a 7-5 lead over Gollancz as the publisher with the most nominations this decade. In marketing terms, we've got two commercial-genre titles (Carey and North), two literary-genre (Hutchinson and Itaranta), and two genre-literary (Faber and Mandel). They comprise a zombie story, a missionary-to-aliens story, a near-future thriller, a near-future collapse, a further-future dystopia/collapse, and a repeated life. Compared to last year we've come back down to Earth, and closer to now. The presence of Hutchinson and Itaranta makes Europe a venue in a way it hasn't been on recent shortlists; on the other hand, the absence of Okorafor and Byrne keeps us on that continent, and the absence of Ings, Allan and Roberts means we don't get a good look at England.

What of quality? It's arguably the strongest list since 2010, yet not a list I am greatly in love with myself.

The Girl With All The Gifts has done very well, and has many fans, but I drifted away from it part-way through; I'll give it another go now. AS Moser reviewed it for us: "But for the reliance on all too familiar tropes, it might have been a great book."

The Book of Strange New Things got a bit of a knock from Nina Allan in our pages: "Whether the book is an honourable failure, or so massively wrongheaded that it beggars belief, I cannot bring myself to decide." It might be my favourite review of all those Nina has written for us, and I recognise the book she describes, and yet I disagree with her verdict almost entirely. Count me instead with James Bradley, who sees in it an "interest in the deadening effects of contemporary culture." I found it a novel defined by its tone, oddly mesmerising. It's the one book from my wishlist to make the shortlist, and I'm still thinking about it.

Europe in Autumn is the one I haven't read, but it has been stealthily picking up praise from all corners. Here's Maureen Kincaid Speller: "A deceptive piece of work, seemingly straightforward, but intricately layered." David Hebblethwaite was a bit more reserved in his review for us: "the seeds of the climactic revelation emerge a little too late to work as effectively as they might; and maybe the whole novel is that bit too quiet for its own good."

Memory of Water has also been a little under the radar, and has picked up some mixed responses (Nina wasn't keen on this one, either), but Katherine Farmar's take was enthusiastic: "a carefully crafted, finely observed, and ultimately deeply moving novel." I might moderate that a little, but I'm much more on the side of the positive than negative. Like the Faber, it has a very close focus on its central character with a somewhat hazy surround, an estranging device that I found effective in both novels.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North is the book with all the buzz: the one almost everyone at Eastercon mentioned to me. Which is not to say they all liked it, but most did; Paul Kincaid's measured response here gets at the appeal, the parallax between the scale of the background and the precision of the foreground: "the emotional investment is in what affects the person, not in what shapes the world."

Which leaves Station Eleven, winner of this year's Tournament of Books and seemingly beloved by almost everyone except me. It's the one we haven't reviewed, so I'll direct you to Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond's dissection of the book on The Writer and The Critic podcast. To be clear: it's a beautiful novel, with a wonderfully controlled structure and use of viewpoint; but it also seems to me (and Kirstyn, if you listen to the podcast) to be fatally disingenuous in its treatment of apocalypse. Christopher Priest, on the other hand, considers it "subtle, wise, beautifully written, layered, original, and often moving"; so what do I know?

What does it all add up to? A crowd-pleasing shortlist, I think; no obvious clunkers, and if I don't feel that it's quite as strong as 2014 deserved, there's at least one book for almost everybody to love. The winner is anybody's guess. I'll say that Hutchinson, North, and Itaranta are all in with a shot, Carey will probably fade on a second read, Faber will prove too divisive, and that in the end Mandel will take the prize. But we'll find out in about a month. In the meantime, I'll go and find out what everyone else thinks about this list.

Stranger Horizons, March 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 31 March 2015 | Comments (0) »

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, Nisi Shawl, and Indrapramit Das, plus a number of pieces from SH, including Tom Doyle's "The Floating Otherworld", Tina Connolly's "Turning the Apples", Rose Lemberg's "The Three Immigrations", and Tom Greene's "Zero Bar." Brenda Cooper's latest novel is Edge of Dark, from Pyr: "What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system ... and yet, that life thrived?" Genevieve Valentine's new noel Persona is out from Saga books: "In a world where diplomacy has become celebrity, a young ambassador survives an assassination attempt and must join with an undercover paparazzo in a race to save her life, spin the story, and secure the future of her young country." The third volume of Marie Brennan's "Lady Trent" series is The Voyage of the Basilisk, detailing "the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk." Stefon Mears' new epic fantasy, Twice Against the Dragon, is out from Thousand Faces Publishing. And Bill Kte'pi's horror novel Frankie Teardrop is out from Fey Publishing.

What do we have in the way of new stories? A whole lot! The new Lackington's includes L. S. Johnson's "Littoral Drift" and Dominik Parisien's "Spider Moves the World." Sofia Samatar's "Those" can be read in Uncanny; Sarah Pinsker's "When the Circus Lights Down" is in the same issue, due up in a couple of weeks. Eugene Fischer's novella "The New Mother" is in the April/May Asimov's; see a long extract here and Amal El-Mohtar's review Cassandra" appeared in Clarkesworld. Lightspeed featured Marissa Lingen's story "Surfacing"and reprinted Naomi Kritzer's "The Good Son." New anthology Cranky Ladies of History includes Nisi Shawl's "A Beautiful Stream", Foz Meadows' "Bright Moon", Sandra McDonald's "Cora Crane and the Trouble with Me", and others. Rich Larson's "Brainwhales Are Stoners, Too" is in the latest Interzone. Jenn Grunigen's "The Surprising Intellect of Combat Chickens" is out from Chromatic Press. Mari Ness's "The Fox Bride" appeared at Daily Science Fiction, as did Kate Heartfield's "Isabelle the Stupendous" and Natalia Theodoridou's "A Domestic Lepidopterist". Aidan Doyle's "Pride and Profanity" appeared at Fireside. Ada Hoffmann's "Lady Blue and the Lampreys" is in The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, edited by Claude Lalumière and David Nickle. Daniel Ausema's "Apprentice in the Steam Library" can be found in Steampunk: The Other Worlds, and Orrin Grey's "Programmed to Receive" is in the Martian Migraine Press anthology RESONATOR: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond. James Door's story "Raising the Dead" is in the Kindle anthology Airships and Automatons (print edition to follow). Sara Norja's "The Ruin" is in Luna Station Quarterly. A. C. Wise has a story in Mark Teppo's anthology XIII. Tina Connolly's "Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day" gets a full-cast reading at Podcastle. Finally, Ursula Pflug is editing an anthology on the theme of "lost toys", with Colleen Anderson; details here.

On the poetry front: Jessy Randall has some poetry comics in Ohio Edit. Wendy Rathbone's "Layover" is in the April/May Asimov's. Jenny Blackford has three poems reprinted in Neon. Uncanny has C. S. E. Cooney's "Deep Bitch." Ting Gou's "The Fig Wasp" is in The Best of the Net Anthology. Peg Duthie's "A Mermaid Mama" appeared at First Class Lit. The latest Through the Gate includes Neile Graham's "Cassandra Now", Lisa M Bradley's "Levity", and work by Sonya Taaffe, Bogi Takács, M. Sereno and Elizabeth R. McClellan to boot. Deborah P Kolodji has two haiki in Bones (pdf link). Alexandra Seidel's "On the Tree" appeared in Liminality. David C. Kopaska-Merkel's "Mountain" is in the print zine Tales of the Talisman (vol 10, no 3). Jeannine Hall Gailey's new collection The Robot Scientist's Daughter is out from Mayapple Press: "A world of radioactive wasps, cesium in the sunflowers, and robotic daughters." Not quite here yet but on the way: the special joke issue of Stone Telling. Last but not least, you can read Elizabeth Barrette's Frakenstein's Family series, gothic fluff with a queerplatonic family.

And some non-fiction to round things out. Not one but two SH alumns on the New Yorker this month: Sara Polsky with an essay on Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time andthe reinternment of Richard III; and Carmen Maria Machado with her essay, "O Adjunct! My Adjunct!" Tom Speelman wrote for The Mary Sue on Mae Jemison's appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Matthew Cheney writes about the new Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction. Renay has some thoughts on styles of reviewing.

Closing to Fiction Submissions in April

posted by Niall Harrison on 25 March 2015 | Comments (0) »

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 applying to be one of our first readers is the end of this month, too!) Fiction will be back open again in May, and other departments remain open as usual.

Stranger Horizons, February 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 28 February 2015 | Comments (0) »

'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 in the Rhysling Long Poem category; and Gwynne Garfinkle's "It's a Universal Picture" is also up for a Rhysling. Meanwhile, Sweet Poison, by Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo, has been nominated for the Elgin and a Stoker Award, and contains the poem "Eolian Conscientia" which is up for a Rhysling. And as previously mentioned, our "State of British SF symposium" from last July is nominated for a BSFA Award, up against Paul Kincaid, Edward James, Jonathan McCalmont and Karen Burnham, all of whom have contributed to SH at some point. Elsewhere on that ballot, congratulations to Octavia Cade, whose "The Mussel Eater" is nominated for Best Short Fiction, and to Nina Allan, whose The Race is up for Best Novel (and also nominated for a Kitschies tentacle shortlist). Then there are the Aurealis Awards, which include Liz Argall's story "Falling Leaves", from Apex Magazine. And congratulations to all the Nebula nominees -- no SH stories on the ballot this year, but a number of past contributors, including Usman T. Malik for "The Vaporisation Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family" (also on the Stoker ballot!), Alyssa Wong for "The Fisher Queen", Sarah Pinsker for "A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide", and Carmen Maria Machado for "The Husband Stitch", which is lovely to see.

After all that, a light month for new books: Cecil Castelluci's Stone in the Sky, a sequel to Tin Star, is out from Macmillan, while Mike Revell's debut novel Stonebird is out from Quercus; it's a middle-grade novel about a boy and his gargoyle.

New stories: The new issue of Unlikely Story is out, co-edited by AC Wise. Two poems translated by Lawrence Schimel were featured at And Other Poems: an excerpt from Care Santos' Dissection, and a poem by Jordi Doce. Susan Jane Bigelow has a new story at Apex, "The Best Little Cleaning Robot in All of Faerie." Carmen Maria Machado's "Descent" is in Nightmare Magazine, as is "The Garden" by Karen Munro. Aidan Doyle's story "Naoko's Dragons" was in Orbit Magazine. This month's Lightspeed includes "And You Shall Know Her By the Trail of Dead" by Brooke Bolander. The February Clarkesworld includes Rich Larson's story, "Meshed"; and Rich also had a story in Beneath Ceaseless Skies at the start of the month, "The King in the Cathedral." And Mythic Delirium showcased stories by two SH alums: "A Shadow on the Sky" by Sunny Moraine, and "Visitation of the Oracle at McKain Street" by Sheree Renée Thomas.

A busy month for new poetry: Deborah P Kolodji is the featured poet in the February 2015 issue of Silver Blade, with an interview as well as some poems. Laura Walton Allen's "Andromeda" is in Tinderbox. Adrienne J. Odasso's "Queen of Cups" is at Inkscrawl, and "The Memory Thief", co-written with Dominik Parisien, is in Ideomancer, along with "Six Hundred and Thirteen Commandments" by Bogi Takács. The first issue of Cherry Tree includes Jeannine Gailey's poem, "Pinned." Peg Duthie has two poems in new anthology Toasts. Rachael K. Jones' story "Who Binds and Looses the World with Her Hands" appeared as an audio original at Podcastle. And not quite a poem, but Jessy Randall had a list at McSweeny's.

Non-fiction: Some interesting essays this month. Sabrina Vourvoulias had a piece at looking at US Latino/a writers and stories. Abigail Nussbaum and Renay ponder Jupiter Ascending. SL Huang's essay, "Why I Want More Unlikeable Female Characters" appeared at New Statesman. Carmen Maria Machado wrote about Kelly Link's new collection Get in Trouble for the LA Review of Books. Rose Lemberg wrote on the privilege and necessity of writing. Erin Horáková has a chapter on fanfiction as labor and play, and on Britpicking and cultural imperialism, in Play, Performance and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces, from Routledge. And at The Mary Sue, Tom Speelman wrote about Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

BSFA Non-Fiction Award Nomination

posted by Niall Harrison on 14 February 2015 | Comments (0) »

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 the "State of British SF" symposium we published last summer -- with essays by Juliet E. McKenna, Kari Sperring, Nina Allan, Dan Hartland, Martin Lewis, and Maureen Kincaid Speller -- nominated in the Best Non-Fiction category, up against a strong and typically eclectic field that includes work by Paul Kincaid, Jonathan McCalmont, Edward James and Karen Burnham. Other nominations that make me particularly happy: the double-nod for Nina Allan's The Race, and Tessa Farmer's artwork nomination for The Wasp Factory.

It's more than a little tempting to ask what these shortlists say about The State of British SF, since one of the themes running through our symposium was that it is at present a little rudderless. Sticking to novels, the raw demographics are (I think) four Brits across the ten nominees for the two Kitschies categories, and six of eight on the BSFA list (with Allan shortlisted for both awards). So far as the BSFA goes, it's pleasing to see Frances Hardinge and Claire North (aka Kate Griffin, aka Catherine Webb) receive their (overdue?) first nods, after several years of increasing praise for their work. This is also the first year the main BSFA list has recognised more books by women than by men, which fits with my sense that we are at the start of an overdue rebalancing of the British market in that respect. The most striking British omission is either Adam Roberts (although he was a judge for the Kitschies, and having had two novels out last year, may have split his vote for the BSFA) or the collective absence of almost any writers associated with the British Boom; the most striking omission overall, though, is Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach, effusively praised by Adam in our pages, by far the most-cited book in our year-in-review, and hoovering up enough general kudos to top Chaos Horizon's attempts to predict both the Hugo and Nebula shortlists. Without having read it myself, I still expect to see VanderMeer on the Nebula list, but I wonder if this dents his Hugo momentum very slightly; in theory BSFA members are better-represented within the Hugo voting population than usual, thanks to carry-over from Loncon. (Not that the BSFA list had much predictive value last year, mind you.) I also think the British shortlist presence might not translate to wins: I'll be surprised if the Kitschies main prize goes to anyone other than Okorafor, and the size of the BSFA shortlist -- which in itself indicates a lack of consensus about the most significant novels of the year -- may give the advantage to the books that have been most widely read already, which makes it a race between Leckie and North.

Artistically, which is the more important criterion in the end, it's hard to divine any unifying themes among the British nominees, although there are a few I have yet to investigate: Williamson, Wiles, and perhaps most intriguingly, Hermione Eyre's Viper Wine, from the Kitschies debut list. But The Race and Wolves, much though I have issues with the latter, do feel like ambitious attempts to write a contemporary British SF. We have, of course, one more UK award still to come; my sense is that 2014 was a year with a good depth of potential award nominees, so it will be interesting to see whether this year's Clarke Award emphasises the picture that's emerged so far, or takes us in another direction. In addition to those already nominated, we might consider David Mitchell, Michel Faber, Emily Mandel, EJ Swift, and Johanna Sinisalo: add in either VanderMeer or Roberts and you have a perfectly creditable shortlist with no overlap whatsoever.

Stranger Horizons, January 2015

posted by Niall Harrison on 31 January 2015 | Comments (0) »

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 Best Weird Fiction 2: "The Husband Stitch" and "Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa". Also in that anthology will be Usman T. Malik's "Resurrection Points". And if you're looking to catch up on 2014 material, there are a lot of SH contributors (and stories) on Tangent Online's Recommended Reading List -- too many to list separately.

And if you're in Portland (Oregon), Tina Connelly's "mind-bendy futuristic YA play" Box opened this week.

On to new books: Daniel José Older's Half-Resurrection Blues, first in his new urban fantasy series, is out from Roc and picking up good reviews. Jo Walton's The Just City is out from Tor, and you can read an interview with her by Liz Bourke on that very topic in this week's issue. Also from Tor is Greg van Eekhout's Pacific Fire, follow-up to California Bones. Adam Roberts' latest short story collection, Saint Rebor, is out from Newcon Press in the UK. Faith L. Justice's collection Slow Death and Other Tales is out from Raggedy Moon Books in print, ebook and audio. Rachael Acks has a collection of Captain Ramos novellas out from Musa Publishing: Sausages, Steam, and the Bad Thing. And Jenn Grunigen's serialized novel Skyglass is up to Chapter 8 at Sparkler Monthly.

What about new stories? The new Lackington's includes stories by A.C. Wise, Polenth Blake, JY Yang, Cassandra Khaw and others. Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's latest story, "Everything Beneath You", appears at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Octavia Cade's "Palimpsest" is in the latest Bards and Sages Quarterly. Daily Science Fiction has new stories by JY Yang ("Cold Hands and the Smell of Salt"), Kate Heartfield ("I'm Lonely: Immune to Apraxia, Toronto Doctor Refuses to Give up on a Cure"), Michelle Ann King ("Wrong Word)") and Sarah Pinsker ("Beauty and the Baby Beast"). James Dorr's short, "Flightless Rats", appeared at T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog. Cecil Castellucci's "The Sound of Useless Wings", prequel to her novel Tin Star, appeared at Uncanny's new issue includes Sam J. Miller's "The Heat of Us: Notes Toward and Oral History," plus Ken Liu's translation of "Folding Beijing" by Hao Jingfang. Lisa Nohealani Morton's "To Fall, and Pause, and Fall" is in the latest Fireside. Tiffani Angus' "Bundle of Joy" can be found at Pornokitsch. Mythic Delirium has Swapna Kishore's story "The Absence of Words." Aidan Doyle's SF story "Undeleted" appeared in Cosmos. Andrew Kozma's flash, "God Closed Down the Store", is at Grievous Angel. Rachel K. Jones' "Makeisha in Time" appeared at Podcastle. And Peg Duthie had five tweet-stories at 7x20 in the week of 12th January.

Fancy some poetry? Dreams & Nightmares issue 100, edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel is out! Including Daniel Ausema's "Seasons in a Moon Ocean", Laura Walton Allen's "Dream", and more. Details at his blog, or email for details ($8 for print, $1 for PDF). Lawrence Schimel has translated two poems by Galician poet Yolanda Castaño at Talisman. Poetry editor Adrienne J. Odasso has three of her own works elsewhere this month, two poems at Battersea Review, plus "Orbital" at Farrago's Wainscot. Margarita Tenser's "I have painted" appears in Breath and Shadow. The latest Goblin Fruit includes a number of SH alumns and staff, including poetry editor Sonya Taaffe ("After the Red Sea"), Rose Lemberg ("The Law of Germinating Seeds"), M. Sereno ("Mananaggal"), Ada Hoffmann ("Pyromancer"), Mari Ness ("Demands") and Neile Graham ("The Alchemy"). Neile also has a poem in Liminality: "The Lark, The Peat, The Star, and Our Time." Jeannine Hall Gailey's poem "A Primer for Reading 23 Pairs of Chromosomes, or, Introduction to Your Own Personal Genome Project" is in the January Mythic Delirium. And Elizabeth Barrette's January poetry fishbowl theme was "Earn Your Happy Ending."

In non-fiction, a couple of staff appearing elsewhere: senior reviews editor Maureen Kincaid Speller is part of a round-table on the value of negative reviews at Nerds of a Feather. And fiction editor An Owomoyela had a spotlight interview in Locus. Jeannine Hall Gailey has an essay, "Growing Up in the Atomic City" at the Next Best Book Club Blog. Foz Meadows has a long celebratory essay about fanfic at The Booksmugglers. Deborah P Kolodji is interviewed about her haiku and other work at Colorado Boulevard. And Jessy Randall had a list feature at McSweeney's: New Pay-Per-View Channels.

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