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 for Best New Writer.
We're also delighted that, for a second time, SH as a whole is on the shortlist in the Best Semiprozine category; many thanks to everyone who nominated us, it's as much an honour as it was the first time. Congratulations to our fellow nominees Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex and Lightspeed -- and, from me in particular, to Interzone. As a British fan, it's a thrill to be involved in a publication appearing in the same ballot as IZ, which was so much a part of my discovery of SF, and remains a lively and varied magazine.
Finally, it's wonderful to see a number of other current and former SH contributors scattered through the ballot, but I'll single out our reviews editor, Abigail Nussbaum, for her nomination in the Best Fan Writer category this year -- long overdue, and if by some chance you're reading this without also being familiar with her blog Asking the Wrong Questions, head over there right now and start reading!
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.
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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 Clarke Award shortlist includes Kameron Hurley and Ann Leckie: many congratulations to them. And in crowdfunding news, Alliteration Ink is running a Kickstarter to support Lucy A. Snyder's next book, Devils' Field; it's fully funded but runs until April 13th, if you want to support.
Lots on the poetry front this time: Ada Hoffmann's "The Parable of the Supervillain" appeared in Apex. David C. Kopaska-Merkel's "Spark" is up at Polu Texni. Deborah P. Kolodji has a haiku in the March 2014 issue of A Hundred Gourds. Jessy Randall has a collaboration with Ken Cenicola, "To Suck Your Blood I Have to Bite You", in Stirring. Andrew Kozma's "On the Fear of Being Swallowed by Literature" is in the new issue of Parody Poetry Journal. The theme of Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl this month was dragons. And the Winter 2014 Goblin Fruit includes Peg Duthie's "Spelling 'For Worse'" and Sally Rosen Kindred's "Said Rapunzel to the Wolf", Alexandra Seidel's "The Vow of Frozen Time", Sonya Taaffe's "Godfather Drosselmeyer", and more.
What about books? The Tropic of Serpents, the second novel in Marie Brennan's Lady Trent series, is out now (Hannah Strom-Martin reviewed book one for us very positively). Orrin Grey's novella Mutagenesis, a licensed work for the Iron Kingdoms game setting, was released by Privateer Press. A Full Load of Midnight, a collection of Chan Buddhist poetry co-translated by David Lunde and Mary M. Y. Fung, has just been published by Musical Stone Culture Ltd. in Hong Kong. Kristin Ann King self-published Misfits from the Beehive State, a short story collection of Utah-centred tales. Cecil Castellucci also published TIN STAR: A Simple Favor, a True 20 RPG based on her new SF novel Tin Star.
Stories: Daniel José Older's "Angie" is just up at Tor.com. Sarah Pinsker's "A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide" is in the March/April issue of F&SF. O.J. Cade has a new piece, "The Absence of Feathers", at Luna Station Quarterly. Seth Dickinson had two stories out in March: "Morrigan in the Sunglare" at Clarkesworld, and "Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation" in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Jenn Grunigen's "Cinderseed", a teaser for her forthcoming SF novel, was published by Sparkler Monthly. Ken Liu's "The Gods Will Not Be Chained" is in John Joseph Adams/Hugh Howey anthology The End is Nigh; also in the book, stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Megan Arkenberg, and Will McIntosh, among others. Liz Argall's "Love is a component of this story" appeared in Daily Science Fiction. James S. Dorr's "Avoid Seeing a Mouse", a what-might-have-been Y2K story, is reprinted in Altered America, an anthology from Martinus Publishing. And Tina Connolly's "On the Eyeball Floor" appeared in translation in the Argentinian magazine La Idea Fija.
And finally, nonfiction: K. Tempest Bradford's essay, "Invisible Bisexuality in Torchwood", was in Apex. Carmen Maria Machado's "The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf" appeared at The New Yorker blog. And Genevieve Valentine wrote about "The Full Boyle" in Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the AV Club.
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.
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 from selected works including her story "Three Young Men" from the upcoming Dybbuk Press anthology King David and the Spiders from Mars (more info - http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780976654681)
The event starts at 8pm.
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:
Congratulations to all three of them (and to everyone else with a poem on the list)!
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. In other recognition news, James Dorr's The Tears of Isis is a nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a fiction collection; and Lawrence Schimel's collection Deleted Names is on the American Library Association's Over The Rainbow List of "books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic GLBT content".
New books: Steve Berman's latest anthology is Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction, which includes Claire Humphrey's "Lilac Season", Orrin Grey's "The White Prince", Nicole Kornher-Stace's "This is Not a Love Story", and Theodora Goss's "Catherine and the Satyr", among others. Cecil Castellucci's first SF novel Tin Star is out -- the story of a human girl left for dead on a space station at the brink of a galactic war. You can read an excerpt at Tor.com. Wendy Rathbone's collection of erotic short fiction, My House is Full of Whispers, is out from Eye Scry. And Lawrence Schimel's children's book Let's Go See Papa! was released in its Japanese edition.
A couple of editorial projects that aren't books. The second issue of Mary Anne Mohanraj's South Asian literary magazine Jaggery, went live this week; includes stories by Hasanthika Sirisena and Oindrila Mukherjee, plus poems, essays and art. And Jessy Randall guest-edited an all-poetry-comics issue of Snakeskin Magazine. The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, co-edited by AC Wise, includes "Ink" by Mari Ness and "How My Best Friend Rania Crashed a Party and Saved the World" by Ada Hoffmann, plus work by Barry King, Mary Alexandra Agner and Gregory Norman Bossert.
Not so much in poetry this month, but Sara Norja has two poems in the latest Chantarelle's Notebook: "Ninety-Eight" and "City of Stones"; and David C. Kopaska-Merkel has a poem in Spellbound, "The Changeling Remembers", while Andrew Kozma's "Rise up! Rise up!" is in the latest Passages North. David Lunde's collection of prose poems and flash fictions, The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann & Other Truths and Fictions, is out from Mayapple Press. And Elizabeth Barrette's latest poetry fishbowl was on the theme of love.
On the other hand, lots of new stories. The Lakeside Circus continues, with Rachael Acks' "A World of Speculation", FJ Bergmann's "Glossolithia", and CSE Cooney's "Threnody", among others. This month's Clarkesworld includes Natalia Theodoridou's "The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul" and An Owomoyela's "And Wash Out by Tides of War" (and reprints Vandana Singh's terrific "Infinities," one of my favourite stories by her). Paul Jessup's "Summer Cannibals" is at The Big Click, while the May (!) issue of Analog includes Tom Greene's "Another Man's Treasure." Apex has Rich Larson's "Maria and the Pilgrim" and Lucy A. Snyder's "Antumbra." Lightspeed has Ken Liu's latest, "None Owns the Air", a fantasy set in the world of his forthcoming novel; plus Jessica Barber's "Coma Kings" and Sunny Moraine's "So Sharp that Blood Must Flow." Aliya Whiteley's "Endless Art" is in Bourbon Penn; Jenny Blackford's "Six Legs, Three Heads", an SF story for kids, appears in School Magazine; and Renee Carter Hall's "The Emerald Mage" appears in Hero's Best Friend ed. Scott M. Sandridge
Non-fiction: As you may have heard, recently women destroyed science fiction (and a bunch of other genres), and a number of SH contributors had essays published during the Kickstarter: including Liz Argall with "Reading the Library Alphabetically", Anaea Lay with "Stocking Stuffers", Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam with "Stepping Through a Portal", Brooke Bolander with "Breaching the Gap", and OJ Cade with "Stomp All Over That". In reviews, Abigail Nussbaum posted an excellent piece on Her, and Liz Bourke had a prolific month at Tor.com -- in particular check out her pieces on Rjurik Davidson's Unwrapped Sky and Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor. Also at Tor.com, Alex Dally MacFarlane's second post-binary gender column looked at Mission Child by Maureen F. McHugh. And last but not least, Carmen Maria Machado had a humour piece at The Toast: What the colour of your urine says about you.
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 day left to go on that match—specifically, until noon Eastern on Friday, February 28—and Con or Bust has received just under $800 toward the matching gift.
So, now would be a good time to chip in.
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 up, the following SH stories have been selected for Year's Best volumes:
In addition, four of our stories appeared on this year's Locus Recommended Reading List: "Town's End", plus Difference of Opinion" by Meda Kahn, "Din Ba Din" by Kate MacLeod, and "Jinki and the Paradox" by Sathya Stone.
On the non-fiction front, three pieces from SH have been selected for Speculative Fiction 2013, eds. Ana Grilo and Thea James:
And then, of course, a couple of our stories have been nominated for awards!
As Jed Hartman points out, this is the first time two SH stories have been nominated for a Nebula in the same year, which is a lovely thing. Many congratulations to Sarah and Sofia, all the other SH contributors whose work is being reprinted or is recommended, and in general, all the nominees on the BSFA and Nebula ballots!
Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions (how to request assistance; upcoming cons). It is administered by Kate Nepveu (that’s me) under the umbrella of the Carl Brandon Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited by geography, type of con-goer, or con; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves.
The auction is Con or Bust's principal fundraiser for the year, and there are already lots of items up to browse -- including signed memorabilia, critique services, jewelry, and lots and lots of books. SH's contribution is a lot of three recent translated fantasies. Go check it out, and consider bidding on some items on Monday.