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26 January 2015

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FICTION: The Truth About Owls, by Amal El-Mohtar

She used to wish for eyes the color of her father's, the beautiful pale green-blue that people were always startled to see in a brown face. But she likes, now, having eyes and hair of a color those same people find frightening.

FICTION: Introduction to "The Truth About Owls", by Amal El-Mohtar

This is the story that was supposed to be about owls and ended up being, in part, about Israel's bombing Lebanon in 2006.

FICTION: Podcast: The Truth About Owls, by Amal El-Mohtar, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Amal El-Mohtar's "The Truth About Owls."

ARTICLE: An interview with Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein, by Niall Harrison

"The project grew and changed as we worked on it because in the end what we really cared about was putting together a collection of really good stories."

ARTICLE: Fractal History: An Interview with Jo Walton, by Liz Bourke

"Sometimes he's so insightful and brilliant, and sometimes he's barking mad, so that you can go from "Yes yes yes!" to "Oh Plato, no!" so fast you get whiplash. I find that tension very productive."

POETRY: Meatspace, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

when I swallow, sometimes / I see stars, big ones / or Kardashians

POETRY: Podcast: January Poetry, by Marinelle G. Ringer, Daniel Ausema, Samantha Renda-Dollman, and David C. Kopaska-Merkel, read by Marinelle G. Ringer, Daniel Ausema, Julia Rios, and Ciro Faienza

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

COLUMN: Me and Science Fiction: Dystopia, Dark Urban Fantasy, Zombies, and Monsters from the Deep, by Eleanor Arnason

When I’m in a bookstore, looking at new releases, I notice an abundance of dark urban fantasy, grimdark fantasy, zombie novels, and (to a lesser extent) novels set in Lovecraft’s universe.

EDITORIAL: The 2014 Readers' Poll (and new staff), by Niall Harrison

The results of this year's Readers' Poll, and a welcome to our new Art Directors.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: I've Got A Time-Bomb by Sybil Lamb, reviewed by Ryan Elliott
Wednesday: Predestination, reviewed by Jeremy Szal
Friday: The Swan Book by Alexis Wright, reviewed by Octavia Cade


19 January 2015

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FICTION: The Animal Women (Part 2), by Alix E. Harrow

“Tell me a story,” Candis asked the women, and hoped they heard: Tell me who you are, tell me where you come from. Ursa laid her wide palm flat on the porch. “Our stories are dangerous, and they belong to us.”

FICTION: Podcast: The Animal Women (Part 2), by Alix E. Harrow, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Alix E. Harrow's "The Animal Women (Part 2)."

POETRY: Retirement, by Samantha Renda-Dollman

It took a long time to save for it but the gravity up here is kinder on my bones

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple, reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen
Wednesday: The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, reviewed by Mark Granger
Friday: The Wilds by Julia Elliott, reviewed by Stephanie Chan


12 January 2015

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FICTION: The Animal Women (Part 1), by Alix E. Harrow

She found the animal women in March of 1968 on the day the Little Sandy thawed, which was the same day Mrs. Whittson made her read in front of the entire sixth grade class. The words on the page piled up like dogs fighting in her throat. Candis rolled them in her mouth, syllable by syllable: And if you wrong us, shall we not re-venge? But nothing came out, and Mrs. Whittson laughed with everyone else.

FICTION: Podcast: The Animal Women (Part 1), by Alix E. Harrow, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Alix E. Harrow's "The Animal Women (Part 1)."

POETRY: Orthography in the Lands of Yahm, by Daniel Ausema

all words must be gone / by the high tide's turn / or be declared false, anathema

COLUMN: On Book Fairs, Conventions, and Communities, by Liz Bourke

I want to talk about a contrast I noticed between the cultures of the two different events.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar, Reviewed by Maximillian Edwards
Wednesday: Bitch Planet #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, reviewed by Nino Cipri
Friday: A Killing In The Sun by Dilman Dila, reviewed by K. Kamo


5 January 2015

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FICTION: Vacui Magia, by L. S. Johnson

On that first day, as you settled her into her new bed, she had seized your hand and whispered, I only wish I could have met your daughter. I know she’ll be beautiful.

FICTION: Podcast: Vacui Magia, by L. S. Johnson, read by Anaea Lay

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents L. S. Johnson's "Vacui Magia."

POETRY: Scythia, by Marinelle G. Ringer

Slow-shoulder enthroned, bull’s eye- / wise, the bare-chested minotaur / holds a scepter

COLUMN: Intertitles: Oh, the Cleverness of Me!: Masculinity and the Horror Show, by Genevieve Valentine

There's no shortage of films about men, of course (when has there ever been?), but this year saw an influx of films that questioned both the masculine ideal and the otherworldly quality of masculine expectation.

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews

Monday: 2014 in Review, by our reviewers
Wednesday: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, reviewed by Adam Roberts
Friday: Vintage Visions: Essays on Early Science Fiction, edited by Arthur B. Evans, reviewed by Karen Burnham



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