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28 September 2015

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FICTION: The Wives of Azhar, by Roshani Chokshi

My husband had wings, so I thought he was an angel. The sight of wings can do that to fools.

FICTION: Podcast: The Wives of Azhar, by Roshani Chokshi, read by Karen Bovenmyer

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Roshani Chokshi's "The Wives of Azhar," read by Karen Kovenmyer.

FICTION: Hundred Eye, by Yukimi Ogawa

Eyes, eyes, eyes. So many eyes on my long arms. If someone gave me these eyes to punish me, they made a huge mistake.

FICTION: Podcast: Hundred Eye, by Yukimi Ogawa, read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Yukimi Ogawa's "Hundred Eye," read by special guest reader Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.

ARTICLE: Writing Better Trans Characters, by Cheryl Morgan

Authors, for the most part, have the best of intentions, so how can they avoid such missteps?

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Film Club: Jupiter Ascending, by Benjamin Gabriel, Erin Horáková, Ethan Robinson, and Aishwarya Subramanian

They aren't . . . teleological bees.

ARTICLE: Stories, Culture, and Conversation: An Interview with Roshani Chokshi and Yukimi Ogawa, by Catherine Krahe

"So often, we see the same threads in tales across the world (the rash boon, the neglected daughter, the evil wearing a sweet smile, etc. . . .)

POETRY: Rainspeaking, by Mat Joiner

We’re at seasons’ edge here. Make a door, a thrown-down wall

POETRY: Podcast: September Poetry, by Alexandra Seidel, Jenny Blackford, Carrie Naughton, Florence Lenaers, and Mat Joiner, read by Alexandra Seidel, Julia Rios, Carrie Naughton, Maxwell Singer, and Anaea Lay

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

COLUMN: Communities: Unlimited Queer Stories for Free, by Renay

When I was younger I read a lot of original stories about friendship and romance.

COLUMN: Scores, by John Clute

The feel they give is of a grasping of the new only possible if the author has been able to take a breath.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard, reviewed by Mahvesh Murad
Wednesday: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, reviewed by Adam Morgan
Friday: Loving Day by Mat Johnson, reviewed by Karen Munro

21 September 2015

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FICTION: Bodies Are the Strongest Conductors, by James Robert Herndon

On the wall above our sofa, there’s a graph that Mom drew on butcher paper. It charts the rising metal levels in my bloodstream, which she carefully measures every night. Lumpy began finger-painting on the graph with the polish, and he turned yesterday’s spike into an adult penis. “That’s awesome,” I said, my stomach roiling as if he’d painted it on my skin.

FICTION: Podcast: Bodies Are the Strongest Conductors, by James Robert Herndon, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents James Robert Herndon's "Bodies Are the Strongest Conductors."

ARTICLE: An Interview with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, by Vanessa Rose Phin

He’s a little over four thousand years old, proto-Etruscan, born to a warlord in what is now Transylvania. He’s been rattling around in my head since about 1971, and I’ve learned to go where he goes.

POETRY: Crumbs, by Florence Lenaers

I doubt my English so bad / my tongue switches flour for floor flour for floor.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton, reviewed by Marina Berlin
Wednesday: Half the World and Half a War by Joe Abercrombie, reviewed by Matt Hilliard
Friday: Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand, reviewed by Dara Downey

14 September 2015

[Fiction by Jei D. Marcade]


FICTION: The World in Evening, by Jei D. Marcade

Harley is rinsing the blood from his instruments when he hears a banging from upstairs. He pauses, hands dripping, and when the sound persists, shuts off the tap and leaves the bone saw in the inch of water swirling pinkly down the drain.

FICTION: Podcast: The World in Evening, by Jei D. Marcade, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Jei D. Marcade's "The World in Evening."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: Maggie Ivy, by Tory Hoke

I’m a very goofy person, but a fan of horror, so it’s hard for one or the other not to slip into something I’m working on.

POETRY: Bodega Dunes, by Carrie Naughton

I could travail alone, / scavenging flotsam from every / shipwrecked dream.

POETRY: The Truth of Briars, by Jane Yolen

They are sympathetic, for they smile / deep into the skin, finding blood / more moving than tears.

POETRY: The Changeling's Gambit, by Sasha Kim

they don’t tell you / the circle of mushrooms may as well / be inevitable

POETRY: Saturn Devouring His Young, by Carlos Hernandez

There lies, at the bottom of my bowl, / a swaddled stone where Jupiter should be.

COLUMN: Dragon Age and the Shape of Desire, by Andrea Phillips

Like millions of other gamers around the world, I am a tremendous fan of the Dragon Age series.

EDITORIAL: The 2015 Strange Horizons fund drive!, by Niall Harrison

This year is a big one: a big anniversary, a big target, and a potentially big change to the way we do things. (At last, there will be Strange Horizons ebooks!)

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick, reviewed by Duncan Lawie
Wednesday: Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson, reviewed by Christina Scholz
Friday: FutureDyke by Lea Daley, reviewed by Nino Cipri

7 September 2015

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FICTION: Glaciers Made You, by Gabby Reed

There are words laced through the skin that peels through my sunburn.

FICTION: Podcast: Glaciers Made You, by Gabby Reed, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Gabby Reed's "Glaciers Made You."

POETRY: Beneath the Wheeler Centre, by Jenny Blackford

—I always had a soft spot / for Queen Zenobia, he says

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis, reviewed by A.S. Moser
Wednesday: Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki, reviewed by Shannon Fay
Friday: Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout, reviewed by Mark Granger

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