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A little late this month, for which apologies; last week rather got away from me. But here's the third instalment of our new regular round-up of what SH contributors have been getting up to elsewhere. As ever, if you're a past contributor with December news, let me know. For now:

Let's start with some essays. Carmen Machado considers Michael Chabon's latest, Telegraph Avenue, for the LA Review of Books; Hunter Liguore writes on "The novella as an art form" in The Writer's Chronicle; and Nic Clarke writes about China Mountain Zhang and A Sweet Sweet Summer at Eve's Alexandria. At The Awl, Sara Polsky writes about her terrible Dan Brown ripoff novel. John Zaharick looks at Science Fiction and the Human Condition at Cobalt Review, Adam Roberts considers The Atheist Paradox at Aeon, and Jonathan McCalmont is Annoyed with the History of Science Fiction at Ruthless Culture; and L. Timmel Duchamp, following up on Jonathan's essay, writes about Science Fiction Aesthetics and Sensibility at the Aqueduct blog. And Elizabeth Barrett has been writing about serial poetry.

Ann K. Schwader and David Kopaska-Merkel are among the contributors to Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness (whose title is this month perhaps only rivalled by the anthology Zombie Jesus and Other Stories, which includes James S. Dorr's "Avoid Seeing a Mouse", and by Lavie Tidhar's new graphic novel, Adolf Hitler's 'I Dream of Ants!').

Elsewhere on the poetry front, everyone who's anyone is in Mythic Delirium 27, including Gwynne Garfinkle, Theodora Goss, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Ken Liu, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Sofia Rhei (translated by Lawrence Schimel), Alexandra Seidel, and Sonya Taaffe. And the P'rea Press anthology Avatars of Wizardry includes Bruce Boston's long poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at and Through Hashish."

The audiobook of William Alexander's newly National Book Award-winning (!) Goblin Secrets is now available at Audible. Cecil Castellucci has a ghost story in the DC/Vertigo comics anthology, Ghosts. Orin Grey's first collection of short stories, Never Bet the Devil and Other Warnings is just out from Evileye Books. And Jason Erik Lundberg's anthology, Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction, is also out.

New stories: A new Lonely Planet anthology of original travel stories, Better Than Fiction, includes work by Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Téa Obreht and SH contributor Aliya Whiteley. Issue 4 of The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, co-edited by SH contributor AC Wise, includes stories by Joanne Merriam ("The Candy Aisle"), M. Bennardo ("The Famous Fabre Fly Caper)" and Sunny Moraine ("Invasives"). Naomi Kritzer's "High Stakes" -- a follow up to her earlier story "Liberty's Daughter" -- is in the November/December F&SF. Renee Carter Hall's "Nevermore" can be found at Daily Science Fiction. Aidan Doyle's "Reading by Numbers has been reprinted in Cosmos magazine. Margaret L. Carter's "Dusting Pixie" is in the new Sorcerous Signals. And Karen Munro's "The Remedy of Dr M___" is in The Again.

On the staff news front, Romie Stott's story "A Robot Walks Into a Bar and Says..." won Arc magazine's third story competition and will appear in Arc 1.4. And the latest Outer Alliance podcast, hosted by Julia Rios, is an interview with Michael M. Jones, the editor of Scheherazade’s Facade.

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