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19 September 2016

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FICTION: Heroes, by Lavie Tidhar

Sometimes it feels to Spit as though she’s stuck here, in time; that it’s always bloody Berlin, and it’s always 1987.

FICTION: Dido, Retold, by A. T. Greenblatt

The crack in the ground is half-hidden by stray rubbish and forgotten underwear, fallen from the clotheslines above. It's two handspans long and infinitely deep, and from within the fissure a cold, pitiless light rises up and illuminates the courtyard with unforgiving clarity.

FICTION: Podcast: Heroes, by Lavie Tidhar, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Lavie Tidhar's "Heroes."

POETRY: Athena and Yeshua, by Gillian Daniels

when to offer wine (My blood) /and bread (My body).

EDITORIAL: Introducing Samovar, by Sarah Dodd, Laura Friis, Helen Marshall, and Greg West

Our plan is to publish respectful English-language translations of speculative fiction stories from around the world alongside the originals, and to provide readers with a closer view of different traditions through podcasts, reviews, interviews, and articles.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Hwarhath Stories by Eleanor Arnason, reviewed by Kelly Jennings
Wednesday: Stranger Things, reviewed by Richard Cooper
Friday: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, reviewed by Catherine Rockwood


12 September 2016

[Fiction by M. K. Hutchins]

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FICTION: Dragon-Smoked Barbeque, by M. K. Hutchins

Grandpa had won Tastiest Ribs at the BBQ Showdown for fifteen years running, and I wasn't about to let him down now.

FICTION: Podcast: Dragon-Smoked Barbeque, by M. K. Hutchins, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents M. K. Hutchins's "Dragon-Smoked Barbeque."

ARTICLE: Artist Interview: K. C. Garza, by Tory Hoke

Freelance is what I've always wanted to do though, so when I got laid off from my full-time, I sort of resolved to making it work.

POETRY: Sharing Bites, by Ahimaz Rajessh

And remember this is biting / bit by bit at bitterness.

POETRY: Passing Fair, by Shweta Narayan

Late at night / we'll wonder if our wish was worth the aches

POETRY: Million-Year Elegies: Oviraptor, by Ada Hoffmann

Maybe I ate you after all, / my egg, my tiny everything

EDITORIAL: Fund Drive 2016, by Niall Harrison

It's your donations that enable us to pay our contributors and to keep publishing each week.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: I Am No One by Patrick Flanery, reviewed by Nina Allan
Wednesday: Job Simulator, reviewed by Iori Kusano
Friday: Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip, reviewed by Gautam Bhatia
Fund Drive: Apocalypse: An Epic Poem by Frederick Turner, reviewed by Adam Roberts


5 September 2016

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FICTION: Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Longitudes, by Vajra Chandrasekera

There is a hidden transcript, and one of its secrets is this: try to unforget World War Zero.

FICTION: Podcast: Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Longitudes, by Vajra Chandrasekera, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Vajra Chandrasekera's "Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Longitudes."

POETRY: Taboo, by Sara Norja

It's nothing like our courtship / in the cold season.

COLUMN: Matrilines: Miyabe Miyuki: The Ethics of Alternate Realities, by Kari Sperring

I should not need to write about Miyabe Miyuki.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen
Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, reviewed by Katy Armstrong
Friday: Twelve Tomorrows edited by Bruce Sterling, reviewed by Z. Irene Ying


29 August 2016

[Fiction by Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein]

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FICTION: Sultana's Dream, by Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein

Some of the passers-by made jokes at me. Though I could not understand their language, yet I felt sure they were joking. I asked my friend, "What do they say?" "The women say that you look very mannish." "Mannish?" said I, "What do they mean by that?" "They mean that you are shy and timid like men."

FICTION: Fifty Years in the Virtuous City, by Leo Mandel

At close range she can be seen to be shaking, a hard tight focused trembling, not confined to the hands. She looks close to resonant frequency. Amrita wants to, somehow, by touching her with one finger perhaps, strike her unconscious, into some kind of healing sleep.

ARTICLE: "That Obsessive Recursiveness": An Interview with Leo Mandel, by Leo Mandel and Seth Dickinson

That attraction/repulsion thing with vulnerability again, I can mark out an author who came from fandom a mile away. Weight in small gestures, terror, gentleness.

ARTICLE: Tomorrow Through the Past: Jo Walton and Ada Palmer in Conversation, by Ada Palmer and Jo Walton

It's interesting to me that people instantly try to categorize this future into "utopia" or "dystopia" because we don't really have a category for "pretty good future with some flaws."

FICTION: Podcast: Sultana's Dream, by Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein's "Sultana's Dream."

FICTION: Podcast: Fifty Years in the Virtuous City, by Leo Mandel, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Leo Mandel's "Fifty Years in the Virtuous City."

POETRY: Podcast: August Poetry, by Kayla Bashe, Brandon O'Brien, Karen Weyant, and Shweta Narayan, read by Ciro Faienza, Romie Stott, and Shweta Narayan

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents poetry from the August issues.

EDITORIAL: The Next Horizon, by Niall Harrison

The report published earlier this month by Fireside magazine, which found that of 2,039 original stories published by 63 SF magazines in 2015, only 38 were by black authors, indicates an unambiguous failure on the part of the SF field and, because we know our own numbers and they're in the spreadsheet accompanying the report, an unambiguous failure on the part of Strange Horizons.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Explorers Guild Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala by Kevin Costner, Jon Baird, and Rick Ross, reviewed by Aishwarya Subramanian
Wednesday: Star Trek Beyond, reviewed by Tim Phipps
Friday: Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer, reviewed by Paul Kincaid



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