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28 July 2014

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ARTICLE: The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium, by Juliet E. McKenna, Kari Sperring, Nina Allan, Dan Hartland, Martin Lewis, and Maureen Kincaid Speller

The Worldcon returns to the UK this year. It seems an apt moment, therefore, to ask: what has changed in the years since 2005, and what is happening in British SF today?

ARTICLE: Looking Forward, Looking Back: An Interview with David Kopaska-Merkel, by Romie Stott

The current president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and longtime editor of Dreams & Nightmares weighs in on the current state of speculative poetry and whether we'll still be writing poems in 500 years.

POETRY: VIMVIMRECOIL, by Heather Knox

It's said she gave birth to the pigs but she couldn't because her husband didn't die until she became a witch until the sea

POETRY: Podcast: July Poetry, by Randi Anderson, Bogi Takács, Juan Martínez, Leslianne Wilder, and Heather Knox, read by Randi Anderson, Bogi Takács, Julia Rios, Anaea Lay, and Erin Millstone

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

COLUMN: Communities: Open at Your Own Risk, by Renay

Recently, I completed the third and last iteration of Coverage of Women on SFF Blogs project that I began in 2011.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: In Other Words, edited by Saira Ali and Julia Rios, reviewed by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Wednesday: The Way Inn by Wil Wiles, reviewed by Nina Allan
Friday: The Happier Dead by Ivo Stourton, reviewed by David Hebblethwaite


21 July 2014

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FICTION: Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale, by C. S. E. Cooney

I could’ve changed him back. The transformation spell would take research, focus, a not inconsiderable outpouring of stored magic, but in the end, it was entirely doable. Thing was, I rather liked my monster as a monster.

FICTION: Podcast: Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale, by C. S. E. Cooney, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents C. S. E. Cooney's "Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale."

POETRY: Grandmother, by Leslianne Wilder

We hadn't disliked the grandmother we'd had / But she was a wolf now

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Revolutions by Felix Gilman, reviewed by Alix E. Harrow
Wednesday: The Moon King by Neil Williamson, reviewed by Matt Hilliard
Friday: Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, reviewed by Phoebe North


14 July 2014

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FICTION: The World Resolute, by E. Catherine Tobler

The trees are growing hollow here. The trees are long dead, striping the snowy land with dark shadows. The hag sits among shadows and trees alike.

FICTION: Podcast: The World Resolute, by E. Catherine Tobler, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents E. Catherine Tobler's "The World Resolute."

POETRY: Metamorphosis, by Juan Martínez

Then the hallway / turned into / a car

COLUMN: Me and Science Fiction: Books and the Death of the Middle Class, by Eleanor Arnason

I’m not planning to write about shopping malls, but [. . .] I am planning to write about the ways that books and art are affected by the fact that the middle class no longer has “the fucking money.”

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Transformers: Age of Extinction, reviewed by Adam Roberts
Wednesday: Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg, reviewed by Matthew Cheney
Friday: No Harm Can Come to a Good Man by James Smythe, reviewed by Anne Charnock


7 July 2014

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FICTION: Chopin's Eyes, by Lara Elena Donnelly

In the drawing room of Franz Liszt's mistress, no one is looking at Chopin's eyes.

FICTION: Podcast: Chopin's Eyes, by Lara Elena Donnelly, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Lara Elena Donnelly's "Chopin's Eyes."

POETRY: A Self-Contained Riot of Lights, by Bogi Takács

I reach into my nose and pull out a rainbow tapeworm / as a token of goodbye

COLUMN: Intertitles: A Million Ways to Die in the West, by Genevieve Valentine

A nameless drifter has the only thing he calls his own stolen from him by a band of thieves; amid a world of lawlessness where the quickest draw makes the law, he sets out to get it back.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, reviewed by Alix Heintzman
Wednesday: Beowulf: a Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell, by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, reviewed by Adam Roberts
Friday: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge, reviewed by Lila Garrott



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