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Time for our first contributors' new round-up of 2015! A quick congratulations to Carmen Maria Machado to start, whose SH story "Inventory" took third place in this year's Million Writers Award, and who will have two stories in The Year's Best Weird Fiction 2: "The Husband Stitch" and "Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa". Also in that anthology will be Usman T. Malik's "Resurrection Points". And if you're looking to catch up on 2014 material, there are a lot of SH contributors (and stories) on Tangent Online's Recommended Reading List -- too many to list separately.

And if you're in Portland (Oregon), Tina Connelly's "mind-bendy futuristic YA play" Box opened this week.

On to new books: Daniel José Older's Half-Resurrection Blues, first in his new urban fantasy series, is out from Roc and picking up good reviews. Jo Walton's The Just City is out from Tor, and you can read an interview with her by Liz Bourke on that very topic in this week's issue. Also from Tor is Greg van Eekhout's Pacific Fire, follow-up to California Bones. Adam Roberts' latest short story collection, Saint Rebor, is out from Newcon Press in the UK. Faith L. Justice's collection Slow Death and Other Tales is out from Raggedy Moon Books in print, ebook and audio. Rachael Acks has a collection of Captain Ramos novellas out from Musa Publishing: Sausages, Steam, and the Bad Thing. And Jenn Grunigen's serialized novel Skyglass is up to Chapter 8 at Sparkler Monthly.

What about new stories? The new Lackington's includes stories by A.C. Wise, Polenth Blake, JY Yang, Cassandra Khaw and others. Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's latest story, "Everything Beneath You", appears at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Octavia Cade's "Palimpsest" is in the latest Bards and Sages Quarterly. Daily Science Fiction has new stories by JY Yang ("Cold Hands and the Smell of Salt"), Kate Heartfield ("I'm Lonely: Immune to Apraxia, Toronto Doctor Refuses to Give up on a Cure"), Michelle Ann King ("Wrong Word)") and Sarah Pinsker ("Beauty and the Baby Beast"). James Dorr's short, "Flightless Rats", appeared at T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog. Cecil Castellucci's "The Sound of Useless Wings", prequel to her novel Tin Star, appeared at Tor.com. Uncanny's new issue includes Sam J. Miller's "The Heat of Us: Notes Toward and Oral History," plus Ken Liu's translation of "Folding Beijing" by Hao Jingfang. Lisa Nohealani Morton's "To Fall, and Pause, and Fall" is in the latest Fireside. Tiffani Angus' "Bundle of Joy" can be found at Pornokitsch. Mythic Delirium has Swapna Kishore's story "The Absence of Words." Aidan Doyle's SF story "Undeleted" appeared in Cosmos. Andrew Kozma's flash, "God Closed Down the Store", is at Grievous Angel. Rachel K. Jones' "Makeisha in Time" appeared at Podcastle. And Peg Duthie had five tweet-stories at 7x20 in the week of 12th January.

Fancy some poetry? Dreams & Nightmares issue 100, edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel is out! Including Daniel Ausema's "Seasons in a Moon Ocean", Laura Walton Allen's "Dream", and more. Details at his blog, or email for details ($8 for print, $1 for PDF). Lawrence Schimel has translated two poems by Galician poet Yolanda Castaño at Talisman. Poetry editor AJ Odasso has three of her own works elsewhere this month, two poems at Battersea Review, plus "Orbital" at Farrago's Wainscot. Margarita Tenser's "I have painted" appears in Breath and Shadow. The latest Goblin Fruit includes a number of SH alumns and staff, including poetry editor Sonya Taaffe ("After the Red Sea"), Rose Lemberg ("The Law of Germinating Seeds"), M. Sereno ("Mananaggal"), Ada Hoffmann ("Pyromancer"), Mari Ness ("Demands") and Neile Graham ("The Alchemy"). Neile also has a poem in Liminality: "The Lark, The Peat, The Star, and Our Time." Jeannine Hall Gailey's poem "A Primer for Reading 23 Pairs of Chromosomes, or, Introduction to Your Own Personal Genome Project" is in the January Mythic Delirium. And Elizabeth Barrette's January poetry fishbowl theme was "Earn Your Happy Ending."

In non-fiction, a couple of staff appearing elsewhere: senior reviews editor Maureen Kincaid Speller is part of a round-table on the value of negative reviews at Nerds of a Feather. And fiction editor An Owomoyela had a spotlight interview in Locus. Jeannine Hall Gailey has an essay, "Growing Up in the Atomic City" at the Next Best Book Club Blog. Foz Meadows has a long celebratory essay about fanfic at The Booksmugglers. Deborah P Kolodji is interviewed about her haiku and other work at Colorado Boulevard. And Jessy Randall had a list feature at McSweeney's: New Pay-Per-View Channels.

 



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