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This is always a fun time of year. As each issue comes out, we get some idea of what our readers are enjoying most, but even more than usual, 2012 was a busy year behind the scenes here, as we welcomed new fiction editors, poetry editors, and for the first time—thanks to last autumn's incredibly successful fund drive—a podcast editor. (Those of you who haven't yet subscribed to the podcast can find it in iTunes here, by the way.) So the Readers' Poll is a nice opportunity to look back at the whole of the last year in context.

In several categories, there is a clear continuity with last year. You can check out the full results for 2010 here and 2011 here, but the short version is: congratulations to Liz Bourke, Rose Lemberg and Genevieve Valentine for topping their respective categories for a second year running. (Indeed, Rose took the number one and number two spots in poetry this year.) We're always delighted to be able to publish their work. In the fiction category, meanwhile, congratulations to Rachel Acks, whose "Come the Huntsman" proved most popular. And in articles, our round-table on "Writing Climate Change" from last February was the winner—thanks again to Julie Bertagna, Tobias Buckell, Maggie Gee, Glenda Larke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Vandana Singh, and Joan Slonczewski for their time and contributions, which made the whole conversation so fascinating.

A quick recap of the rules. We asked you to vote for your favorite works from the fiction, poetry, and articles departments, and your favorite columnists and reviewers. The poll was open from 13.00 PST on 4th March 2013 until 23.59 PST on 11th March 2013. Each person could vote for up to five works or nominees, ranking them 1 (first place) to 5 (fifth place). Each first-place vote was worth five points, each second-place vote was worth four points, and so on. It was not compulsory to vote in every category, nor to use all five slots in a given category. Multiple votes on one ballot for the same item were discarded, and we required a unique email address for the ballot to be submitted. Those addresses were only used to verify the validity of ballots.

Finally, thank you to everybody who voted—and more of you did so than in either of the last two years, which is very gratifying. We'll do it all again this time next year.

The Results

Best Story

Best Poem

Best Article

Best Columnist

  • First place: Genevieve Valentine ("Intertitles")
  • Second place: John Clute ("Scores")
  • Third place (tie): Rochita Loenen-Ruiz ("Movements")
  • Third place (tie): Eleanor Arnason ("Me and Science Fiction")
  • Fifth place: Vandana Singh ("Diffractions")

Best Reviewer

  • First place: Liz Bourke
  • Second place: Lila Garrott-Wejksnora
  • Third place: Benjamin Gabriel
  • Fourth place: Sofia Samatar
  • Fifth place: Niall Alexander



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A toda la gente lectora: esperamos que disfruten mucho este especial de México de Strange Horizons. To all readers: we hope you enjoy this special issue from Mexico by Strange Horizons.
Onka miyek tlajle. Se lamajtsin itsintlan se xalxokokojtle kitlajkwilia etl.
The painful stigmata did not let me drive for long. / El doloroso estigma no me permitió conducir.
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Translated by: Ateri Miyawatl
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Translated by: Adam Coon
There is a lot of earth. An elderly woman gathers beans below a guava tree.
—Soy un tlacuache y tengo la culpa de tu extinción, Armando.
“I am a tlacuache, and your extinction is my fault, Armando.”
En el fondo del mar no hay poetas, sólo criaturas fotovoltaicas y paisajes sombríos.
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Translated by: Toshiya Kamei
No poets are found at the bottom of the sea—only photovoltaic creatures and ghostly landscapes.
Manx was an amorphous alien made of pink slime, lard, and buttercream.
By: Luz Rosales
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Manx era un alienígena amorfo rosa, hecho de babaza, manteca y crema para batir.
La materia oscura abarca ochenta por ciento del universo y, como el agar en un medio de cultivo, es lo que permite que estructuras como cúmulos o galaxias permanezcan unidas.
Dark matter makes up eighty percent of the universe. Like agar culture medium, this is what holds things like galaxy clusters—and galaxies themselves—together.
She checks the knob and the door is unlocked—she pokes her head through. Smoke from burning sage wraps around her.
Toma el picaporte y, al girarlo, descubre que la casa está abierta. Cuando se asoma, la golpea un olor a salvia quemada.
La evoco ahora: la tarde fría, el jardín insólito, las enredaderas, los pináculos, los charcos en curiosas figuras chinescas.
I see it now: the cold afternoon, the curious garden, the climbing vines, the pinnacles, the oddly-shaped puddles like Chinese letters.
I thought it was one of those reserved for tourists and ignorant throats. / pensé que era uno de esos reservados para turistas y catadores ignorantes.
drinking the symphony of the galactic parrot / bebe la sinfonia del pájaro galáctico / sk’upinbe sk’ejoj mutal yut vinajel
Some Mexican visual artists that I've really been loving are Miguel Covarrubias, Emilio Amero, and particularly Ernesto García Cabral.
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