I’m still catching up – I’m always catching up – on short fiction, movies and life in general. Some recommendations of the speculative fiction variety are Golden Lilies by Aliette de Bodard, a lovely fiction piece on the practice of foot-binding over at Fantasy Magazine, and Mammals Underfoot! An Interview with Emerging Writers by Jeff VanderMeer over at Clarkesworld Magazine.
Also related to speculative fiction, I recommend you support Ralan during his annual September fund raising drive. If you’re even remotely interested in writing and publishing speculative fiction, you should regularly be checking Ralan’s site for new markets, market updates, and other tips. And if you are checking the site regularly, you should also be supporting it – it’s only fair, after all.