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Let's start with new stories this month. Kathrin Köhler kicks off the Booksmugglers' First Contact season with her interactive tale, "Application for the Delegation of First Contact: Questionnaire, Part B." Cassandra Khaw has a new story at The Dark: "An Ocean of Eyes." Arkady Martine's "Adjuva" appeared at Lakeside Circus. The current Apex includes "Remembery Day" by Sarah Pinsker and "A Sister's Weight in Stone" by JY Yang. Tiffani Angus' "The Final Voyage of the World's Oldest Time Traveler" is in Athena's Daughters vol 2, from Silence in the Library, along with stories by JY Yang, Carrie Ryan and others. LS Johnson's "Five Little Seeds" can be found at Wyvern Lit. The latest Uncanny includes A. C. Wise's "The Practical Witch's Guide to Acquiring Real Estate." Daniel José Older's "Ginga" and Kameron Hurley's "Elephants and Corpses" appeared at Benjamin Parzybok's "News of the Week" is in the Spring/Summer issue of West Branch Literary Journal. Jessy Randall has a story in the new Menacing Hedge anthology, and has "Maybe a Witch Lives There in Mythic Delirium. James S Dorr's "Marcie and Her Sisters" is in Reel Dark, edited by L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner. Orrin Grey's "The House of Mars" ("Edgar Rice Burroughs by way of LA Confidential") is available in the collection Slow Boat to Fast City, or as a standalone ebook. Tom Greene's "The Narrative of More" and Seth Dickinson's "Three Bodies at Mitanni" are in the July/August issue of Analog. And Gwynne Garfinkle's "The Imaginary Friend", Alexandra Seidel's "The Marriage of Ocean and Dust", and Kate Heartfield's "Skulldggers" can be found in Postscripts to Darkness vol 6. On the audio front, Drabblecast featured Andrew Kozma's "The Liver" and Sarah Pinsker's "They Sent Runners Out", while Marie Brennan's "Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics as Employed Against Lycanthropes" was at Pseudopod and Lisa Morton's "And Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness" was at Gilttership.

New books: Angels of the Meanwhile, a benefit anthology for Elizabeth R. McClellan's medical costs edited by Alexandra Erin and Rose Fox, includes work by Sonya Taaffe, Bogi Takács, Rose Lemberg, Saira Ali, Amal El-Mohtar and others, and is available on a pay-what-you-want basis from here. Cat Rambo and Fran Wilde's SFWA 50th Anniversary Cookbook is available for pre-order. Tina Connolly's YA fantasy Seriously Wicked, about a girl adopted by a seriously wicked witch, is out from Tor Teen. Grant Stone's novella The Last is out from Paper Road Press, a tale of music and mystery set on a New Zealand farm. Heather Knox's first poetry collection Dowry Meat is out from Words Dance Publishing, including an expanded version of her SH poem, "VIMVIMRECOIL". Faith L. Justice's Sword of the Gladiatrix is out now from Raggedy Moon Books. Margaret L. Carter's shapeshifter erotic romance novella "Bear Hugs" has a new edition paired with Lena Lonseon's "Alpha Mountie", from Ellora's Cave. A couple of serials to finish: the first four episodes of Daniel Ausema's Spire City have gone out to subscribers -- jump on and catch up here. And chapter 10 of Jenn Grunigen's Skyglass is available from Sparkler Monthly.

And in new poetry: Peg Duthie has found poems in the latest issue of Galatea Resurrects. The Quarterly Literature Review of Singapore has published Victor Fernando R. Ocampo's experimental, "Objets trouvés de Singapour", which draws its text from Singapore government slogans and local advertising from the last half-century. Linda Addison has three poems in the Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Edition. Uncanny has Alyssa Wong's, "For the Gardener's Daughter." Mythic Delirium has two poems by Jane Yolen: "Mortar/Pestle" and "Eating and Being Eaten." And Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl theme this month was "language shaping thought."

Non-fiction: Liz Bourke reviews: The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis for Locus, and Radiant State by Peter Higgins for Brit Mandelo and Sonya Taaffe remember Tanith Lee. Abigail Nussbaum has thoughts on Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road. Maureen Kincaid Speller was among those mind melded at SF Signal on the topic of "writing in another's universe." Sofia Samatar is interviewed at Volume 1 Brooklyn. Aidan Doyle has a short article on the Pomodoro Technique for writers, on the SFWA blog. S. L. Huang's essay on intersectionality is in Invisible 2, along with pieces by Bogi Takács, Aliette de Bodard and others. Julia Rios has an essay on the top five myths about YA, at Uncanny. And Zen Cho, Bogi Takács, JY Yang, M. Sereno and Aliette de Bodard have a round-table discussion "On Diversity" at the Booksmugglers.

Finally, a couple of congratulations! Tom Greene's "Another Man's Treasure" won first place in the Analog AnLab Best Short Story category for 2014 (tied with Kristine Kathryn Ruscha), while Usman T. Malik's "Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family" won the Bram Stoker Award for short fiction (tied with Rena Mason). And Alyssa Wong and Carmen Maria Machado are among the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards. Well done to all.

Niall Harrison is a reader and fan.
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