18 May 2015

[Fiction by S. L. Huang]


FICTION: By Degrees and Dilatory Time, by S. L. Huang

Zara’s response was the best one, when he told her his diagnosis. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I’m sorry we as scientists haven’t fixed this yet. That we haven’t fucking solved it. We should have a cure.”She was so angry. At the world. At her scientific brethren. At human progress.

FICTION: Podcast: By Degrees and Dilatory Time, by S. L. Huang, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents S. L. Huang's "By Degrees and Dilatory Time."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: Milan Jaram, by Tory Hoke

If I made something awesome and nobody saw it, there is some kind of sadness to that. Like a chef who made his best meal but nobody was around to taste it.

EDITORIAL: Fair Pay for Art, by Julia Rios

It turned out that people loved the idea of illustrations. After that story went live someone even made a donation specifically in the hopes that we would do more. . . . The only thing was that none of us (in the fiction department at least) knew anything about acquiring art.

POETRY: Ghost Irises, by Jenny Blackford

White irises float on the darkening air / like ghosts of sturdier flowers

COLUMN: Movements: Use of Anger, by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

At times, writing this column is like performing open heart surgery on myself.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Drifter issues 1-5 by Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein, reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen
Wednesday: The Chimes by Anna Smaill, reviewed by Nina Allan
Friday: Steins;gate, reviewed by Pete Davison

11 May 2015

[Reviews ]


FICTION: Cloth Mother, by Sarah Pauling

“Mazie, honey,” the mother said at nine o’clock exactly, stepping delicately through the doorway. She had been waiting, still and silent, directly outside. “It’s getting close to bedtime.” She carried a mug, using a stick of peppermint to stir the steaming chocolate. Mazie had made the mug herself. Despite the bumps, it was a good first attempt at skilled craftsmanship.

FICTION: Podcast: Cloth Mother, by Sarah Pauling, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Sarah Pauling's "Cloth Mother."

POETRY: Not With Flowers, by Deepthi Gopal

I write this to you in defence of the green growing things / I write this to you to fill the spaces you left in your wake

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Archangel by Marguerite Reed, reviewed by K Kamo
Wednesday: Strangers and Hostages by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith, reviewed by Electra Pritchett
Friday: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, reviewed by Raz Greenberg

4 May 2015

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FICTION: The Pieces, by Teresa Milbrodt

When I walk through the door I see my father has indeed gone to pieces, like a decapitated doll torn apart by an angry kid.

FICTION: Podcast: The Pieces, by Teresa Milbrodt, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Teresa Milbrodt's "The Pieces."

POETRY: Four Sea Interludes, by Kailee Marie Pedersen

And when you kiss me, your mouth tastes of brine.

COLUMN: Communities: A Theory of the Narrative Multiverse, by Renay

Teen Wolf is one of my favorite fandoms.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, reviewed by Christina Scholz
Wednesday: Casanova: Sloth by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bae and Fabio Moon, reviewed by Martin Cahill
Friday: Chappie, dir. Neill Blomkamp, reviewed by Jeremy Szal

27 April 2015

[Reviews ]


ARTICLE: In A Galaxy Far, Far Away: On Classical Reception and Science Fiction, by Liz Gloyn

Every reception is influenced by the receptions that have come before it.

ARTICLE: Representing Marginalized Voices in Historical Fiction and Fantasy, by Joyce Chng, David Anthony Durham, Kari Sperring, and Vanessa Rose Phin

Writing always feels like a balancing act, negotiated between the assumed centerwhose voices and privileges and needs have been so drummed into me that they operate almost at an unconscious leveland the margins, the silent majority whose stories are deemed not to matter. 

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club: Hild by Nicola Griffith, by Dan Hartland, Erin Horakova, Victoria Hoyle, and Maureen Kincaid Speller

"I was equally beguiled by the fact that the novel is structured like a life is structured as opposed to a novel: around the seasonal shifts of the year, the rituals of daily experience, the cultural and personal rites of passage from childhood to adulthood."

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, by Maureen Kincaid Speller, Molly Katz, Dan Hartland, and Aishwarya Subramanian

"The characteristics of epic fantasy—the orcs and dwarves, the axes and magic, but also the narrative structures and reading protocols its dominance of commercial fantasy fiction have encouraged—have permeated our culture so thoroughly that it is hard to see the word "ogre", read about a swordfight, or follow a questing band of medieval-ish protagonists without certain assumptions being cued for us."

POETRY: An Inventory of Ghosts, by Natalia Theodoridou

Underneath my skin, I come and go.

POETRY: Podcast: April Poetry, by Jaymee Goh, Jenn Grunigen, Gwynne Garfinkle, Salik Shah, and Natalia Theodoridou, read by Anaea Lay, Jenn Grunigen, Gwynne Garfinkle, Salik Shah, and Lana Lee

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents poetry from the issues.

COLUMN: To Explore Strange Old Worlds, to Seek Out Old Civilizations: Conferencing Greece and Rome and Science Fiction, by Tony Keen

Liz Gloyn writes elsewhere in Strange Horizons about the current state of play in terms of scholarship; here I review what is the third conference in four years to address the area.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: How to Live on Other Planets edited by Joanne Merriam, reviewed by Shaun Duke
Wednesday: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, reviewed by Foz Meadows
Friday: Nước (2030) reviewed by Benjamin Gabriel

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