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6 July 2015

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FICTION: The Lone Star Sin Eaters, by Evan Berkow

We've been meeting every week for the past month. The first time I could see something in his eyes. Not exactly fear, but some itching doubt. Like maybe he should feel guilty about how things turned out, about what was happening to me.

FICTION: Podcast: The Lone Star Sin Eaters, by Evan Berkow, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Evan Berkow's "The Lone Star Sin Eaters."

POETRY: The Art of Constellations, by Stephanie Wytovich

Constellations formed in the space between us, / our stares locked as I fell into the celestial trance

COLUMN: Communities: Weight of History, by Renay

Recently, I've been having a lot of internal debates with myself about what it means to be a fan of science fiction

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Avengers: Age of Ultron reviewed by Rachael Acks
Wednesday: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, reviewed by Chris Kammerud
Friday: The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter, reviewed by Daniel Haeusser


29 June 2015

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FICTION: Introduction to "Winds that Stir Vermillion Sands", by Sabrina Vourvoulias

"Winds that Stir Vermillion Sands" isn't a translation, but it is a translator's story. Its music is played by ear, by memory; in language acknowledged to be sacred and profane, at risk and riskier than hell.

FICTION: Winds that Stir Vermillion Sands, by David Bowles

"Rodrigo’s dad scraped out a living this way: hunting through what others considered junk, looking for bits and pieces that could be resold or repurposed."

FICTION: Podcast: Winds that Stir Vermillion Sands, by David Bowles, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents David Bowles's "Winds that Stir Vermillion Sands."

ARTICLE: Victory Lap: An Interview with Jennifer Marie Brissett, by Sofia Samatar

Jennifer Marie Brissett is a writer, artist, former bookstore owner, and former web developer. Her debut novel Elysium (Aqueduct Press, 2014) received the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation and was a Tiptree Honor Book, Locus Recommended Read, and Locus Award Finalist.

POETRY: Post-Apocalyptic Toothbrush, by Betsy Ladyzhets

They left you dangling on the edge of the counter, bristles still damp, / left you as they packed up cans and boxes, flashlights and clubs

COLUMN: Me and Science Fiction: Guardians and Puppies, by Eleanor Arnason

There are mysteries in life, and one of them is why did Guardians of the Galaxy end up on the Puppies' Hugo slate?

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Wednesday: The Shore by Sara Taylor, reviewed by Nina Allan
Friday: Inside a Silver Box by Walter Mosley, reviewed by Andy Sawyer


22 June 2015

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ARTICLE: Space: A Playground for Postcapitalist Posthumans, by Karen Burnham

Instead of featuring space as a thing we will conquer, recent SF looks to space (not inner space or virtual space but outer space, the place that starts 100km above the surface of the Earth or other planets) as a setting we must adapt to and changes what it means to be human in the process.

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 1: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh

"To call any work of art "timeless" begs the question at best. Nevertheless, though, I want to say that the core of Rendezvous with Rama, the wonder and mystery and joy I feel when I read it, remains untouched by time, and whether it actually will or not it feels to me as though it always will."

ARTICLE: The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 2: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh

"This is also how I'm explaining the otherwise discordant simp interlude to myself. It's an uplift red herring! As in, maybe it's meant to get us into the uplift state of mind, to set up an implied/potential Ramans:humans::humans:superchimps relationship."

POETRY: Dronin', by Peter Medeiros

There's no way into the quarantine zone / on foot, so from my wall-screened apartment / I pilot a makeshift drone to you

POETRY: Podcast: June Poetry, by Nin Harris, Bronwyn Lovell, Lore Graham, and Peter Medeiros, read by Nin Harris, Ciro Faienza, Julia Rios, and Amber Read

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

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Manhattan Projects Vols 1-5 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra, reviewed by Alasdair Czyrnyj
Wednesday: When we were Animals by Joshua Gaylord, reviewed by Karen Munro
Friday: Dark Star by Oliver Langmead, reviewed by Dan Base


15 June 2015

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FICTION: What We're Having, by Nathaniel Lee

I want to do right by you, Frankie, even if I’m crazy and it means I’m wasting five bucks. I don’t want you to have cooked imaginary bacon.

FICTION: Podcast: What We're Having, by Nathaniel Lee, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Nathaniel Lee's "What We're Having."

POETRY: To My Creators, by Lore Graham

You can’t see beneath the exoskeleton, / this stylized mockery of female form

COLUMN: Intertitles: Have Courage: Ex Machina, Cinderella, and the Construction of the Feminine Identity, by Genevieve Valentine

The scene of feminine transformation is one of cinema's most familiar.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Vermilion by Molly Tanzer, reviewed by Karen Burnham
Wednesday: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, reviewed by Mahvesh Murad
Friday: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean ed. Kirsti Murray, reviewed by Electra Pritchett



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