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23 February 2015

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ARTICLE: Gladiatorial Combat in The Hunger Games, by Juliette Harrisson

Gladiatorial combat is a particular form of forced combat and invites parallels between the characters and the environment depicted and ancient Rome.

POETRY: Hypnotizing Pendulum, by Justin Peter Rubenis

And your body still was feeling new / to all those wooden-lizard / dice plays

POETRY: Podcast: February Poetry, by Cid V. Brunet, Alexandra Seidel, Alexandra Grover, and Justin Peter Rubenis, read by Julia Rios, Alexandra Seidel, Angelle Haney Gullett, and Justin Peter Rubenis

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

COLUMN: Scores, by John Clute

One would have to know as much about Moorcock's early life as Moorcock does to distinguish the mundane from the dance of the storyable.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman, reviewed by K. Kamo
Wednesday: Vampire Diaries: Season Six, reviewed by Joseph Leray
Friday: Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett, reviewed by Niall Harrison


16 February 2015

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FICTION: Limestone, Lye, and the Buzzing of Flies, by Kate Heartfield

“But she’s long dead,” I said. “She might even be dead in 1850. Do you mean her ghost or something?” He shook his head. “As long as there’s a smith there’s a smith’s wife.”

FICTION: Podcast: Limestone, Lye, and the Buzzing of Flies, by Kate Heartfield, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Kate Heartfield's "Limestone, Lye, and the Buzzing of Flies."

POETRY: Mother of Invention, by Alex Grover

// My son became a / website effective / yesterday without our / consent

EDITORIAL: Welcome to Lila Garrott, by Niall Harrison

This week we're delighted to welcome Lila Garrott as a fiction editor.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Night After Night by Phil Rickman, reviewed by Dan Base
Wednesday: Birdman, reviewed by Sophia McDougall
Friday: Good Omens, reviewed by Tom Speelman


9 February 2015

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FICTION: Traveling Mercies, by Rachael K. Jones

In the old stories, strangers at the door could be disguised gods, so you had to invite them in. It was a sin to turn away a guest. Atithi devo bhava. Sanskrit: the guest is God.

FICTION: Podcast: Traveling Mercies, by Rachael K. Jones, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Rachael K. Jones's "Traveling Mercies."

POETRY: Once the Dream Lionesses, by Alexandra Seidel

Once beyond the twilight there were three lionesses pacing. / "I can no longer bear the weight of days," said the first, / and her paws beat the earth, skin of a drum.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Paddington, reviewed by Erin Horakova
Wednesday: The Talos Principle, reviewed by Kristopher Goorhuis
Friday: Interstellar, reviewed by Kevin Lee


2 February 2015

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FICTION: The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zaci, by Benjamin Parzybok

He had a good memory for faces, and a good mind for numbers, Eduardo did. He lined up the torn stubs from the day’s sales. When a tourist exited he threw the stub away. Inside he had carefully placed six torn ticket stubs against the back edge of the desk. These tourists had not returned.

FICTION: Podcast: The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zaci, by Benjamin Parzybok, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Benjamin Parzybok's "The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zaci."

POETRY: He Never Offered, by Cid V Brunet

Coughing from exhaust fumes / I see one crawl behind the wet straw set up / by the grocery store to emote a rural fantasy

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Black Science Volume One by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White, reviewed by Martin Cahill
Wednesday: New Frontiers by Ben Bova, reviewed by Dan Hartland
Friday: Through The Woods by Emily Carroll, reviewed by Shannon Fay



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