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Crowdfunding first, this time: Sabrina Vourvoulias directs our attention to the Latino/a Rising Kickstarter, which is aiming to fund the first collection of US Latino/a science fiction, fantasy and other speculative fiction. It will be edited by Matthew David Goodwin, and feature stories from (among others) Sabrina, Carmen Maria Machado, and Daniel José Older. Read more about the project here in English, and here in Spanish.

New stories: Carmen Maria Machado has published a choose-your-own-adventure story at Yalobusha Review: "Ekphrasis." The new Hieroglyph anthology edited by Kathryn Cramer and Ed Finn includes Vandana Singh's novella "Entanglement", about which you can read a little here, and Brenda Cooper's "Elephant Angels", which you can read about here. GigaNotoSaurus featured Laura E. Price's "The Curator's Job". Daniel José Older's "Animal" appeared in Nightmare (also in that issue: Sunny Moraine's "Singing With All My Skin and Bone"). Two new stories by Seth Dickinson: "Economies of Force" in Apex, and "Anna Saves Them All" in Shimmer. Liz Argall's "Soft Feather Dance" appeared at Apex, while AC Wise's "Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" is also in Shimmer. Rich Larson's "Dreaming Drones" appears in AE. Sarah Pinsker's "No Lonely Seafarer" appeared in the September Lightspeed, while Beneath Ceaseless Skies included Stephen Ramey's novelette "Seeing". Neil Clarke's new anthology Upgraded includes work by Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Rich Larson, Mari Ness, Genevieve Valentine and others, while new Haikasoru anthology Phantasm Japan includes among its non-Japanese contributors Tim Pratt and Alex Dally MacFarlane. Margaret L. Carter's erotic paranormal romance novelette "Romantic Retreat", in which a married couple facing the husband's retirement from a Navy career stumble on a supernatural solution to their disagreements about their future, is out as an ebook from Ellora's Cave. Francesca Forrest's "Andy Phillips and the Jones Sisters" appears in Not One of Us #52, along with work by Sonya Taaffe, Liz Bourke, Finn Clarke, and AJ Odasso. And three flashes to finish: Michelle Ann King's fantasy, "Waiting to Burn"; Cat Rambo's flash fairytale, "The Mouse and the Moon", in Daily Science Fiction; and Natalia Theodoridou's sacrilegious flash piece, We Call Her Mama", in the third issue of Flapperhouse.

What about new books? Adam Roberts' new novel Bête is out from Gollancz in the UK ("'Moo', said the cow, arching one hairless eyebrow.") Octavia Cade's novella The Don't Girls is out from Masque (and if you haven't read Trading Rosemary yet, do). Tina Connolly's Copperhead is out in paperback (ahead of Silverblind in October). William Alexander's new middle-grade SF novel Ambassador is just out. AJ Odasso's second poetry collection, The Dishonesty of Dreams, is out from Flipped Eye Publishing. The second volume in Stefon Mear's "Telepath Trilogy", Immoral Telepathy is out from Thousand Faces Publishing. Joel Best has released The Dogs Are Gone, a collection of flash pieces, through Smashwords. Aliya Whiteley's post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novella "The Beauty" is out from Unsung Stories. And Jenn Grunigen's post-apocalyptic novel Skyglass is being serialised at Sparkler Monthly -- start here, or read the latest chapter here.

On the poetry front: The inaugural issue of new 'zine Liminality, edited by SH alums Shira Lipkin and Mat Joiner, includes JC Runolfson's "Sea Widow", Sofia Samatar's "Make the Night Go Faster", AJ Odasso's "The Word for Love", and work by others including Lynette Mejía, Gemma Files, Lisa M. Bradley and Erik Amundsen. Meanwhile Mat has one of his own poems, "The Bryomancer", in the aforementioned Not One of Us #52. Virginia Mohlere's found poem "Tilda Swinton Has a Life" is the latest entry in Sliver Birch Press' Celebrity Free Verse poetry series. Peg Duthie is featured poet at The Houseboat, with ten poems and an interview. David C. Kopaska-Merkel's poem "Curiosity Reports a Comet" appears in The Martian Wave: 2014, edited by J Alan Erwine, while Jenny Blackford has two poems in A Slow Combusting Hymn, a collection of work about Newcastle (the Australian one) and the Hunter Region, edited by Kit Kelen and Jean Kent. Jessy Randall's "A Different Kind of Stupid" appears in the October-November Asimov's. The latest Ideomancer features "The Glass Men" by Alexandra Seidel. And Elizabeth Barrette's September poetry fishbowl theme was "healing and growth."

Nonfiction! The September NYRSF includes Ursula Pflug's "Around the Gyre", an essay on Ruth Ozeki's novel A Tale for the Time Being. Lawrence Schimel translated "Exilium Ergo Sum", an essay by dissident Cuban author Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (whose Abandoned Havana is forthcoming from Restless Books), for Words Without Borders. L. Timmel Duchamp has put a new essay online: "Real Mothers, a Faggot Uncle, and the Name of the Father: Samuel R. Delany's Feminist Revisions of the Story of SF." Adam Roberts has been busy at Sibilant Fricative, with reviews of Memory of Water, Europe in Autumn, Howard Jacobson's J and more. Nina Allan has some thoughts on J in comparison with David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks. Dan Hartland is blogging his way through this year's Booker Prize contenders. In the latest Clarkesworld, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro interviews Ann Leckie. Meghan McCarron has an essay at The Toast: "Awkwardly Dapper: The Strange Exhilaration of Buying, and Wearing, a Suit." And Abigail Nussbaum has posted an essay on "The Problem of Mike Peterson: thoughts on Agents of SHIELD and Race."

 



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