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Keep Your Horizons Strange

It’s time for the Strange Horizons Annual Fund Drive. This year, Strange Horizons celebrates their Crystal Anniversary. That’s 15 years of amazing short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews, all of it available to hungry speculative fiction readers for free. Unless I’m mistaken, Strange Horizons is one of the earliest and longest-running online speculative fiction magazines. They’re trendsetters, if you will, and the work they publish is consistently fantastic. But rather than rambling on about how awesome Strange Horizons is, I’ll let the stories speak for themselves. Here are a few of my favorites from over the years:

The Palm Tree Bandit by Nnedi Okorafor

The Grammarian’s Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason

A Coffee Cup/Alien Invasion Story by Douglas Lain

The Water-Poet and the Four Seasons by David J. Schwartz

Cinderella Suicide by Samantha Henderson

Minty Bags a Squidboy by Michael Hulme

The End of Tin by Bill Kte’pi

We Love Deena by Alice Sola Kim

Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehadeh

The Magician’s House by Meghan McCarron

Kimberley Ann Duray is Not Afraid by Leah Bobet

Nine Sundays in a Row by Kris Dikeman

The Spider in You by Sean E. Markey

Nira and I by Shweta Narayan

A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, as Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc by Helen Keeble

And Their Lips Rang with the Sun by Amal El-Mohtar

Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut by Cat Rambo

Beautiful White Bodies by Alice Sola Kim

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Grinnell Method by Molly Gloss

Selkie Stories Are For Losers by Sofia Samatar

Inventory by Carmen Maria Machado

You Have to Follow the Rules by Ada Hoffmann

Difference of Opinion by Meda Kahn

The Serial Killer’s Astronaut Daughter by Damien Angelica Walters

21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus One) by LaShawn M. Wanak

The Final Girl by Shira Lipkin

Never the Same by Polenth Blake

Santos de Sampaguitas by Alyssa Wong

Kenneth: A User’s Manual by Sam J. Miller

The Animal Women by Alix E. Harrow

The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zaci by Benjamin Parzybok

It Brought Us All Together by Marissa Lingen

And that’s really just a small sampling of what Strange Horizons has to offer. Their 15 years of history is worth celebrating, as is all the fantastic work they’ve published. Support Strange Horizons, and help them continue to publish amazing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for years to come!

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Sunday Pimpfest II

Monday is sort of like Sunday, right? Either way, it’s a good day for pimping. Allow me to point you to various things around the web that I think are awesome, and think you should know about as well.

The first two are two gorgeous short stories on a theme, hunting: Game by Maria Dahvana Headly, whose work is brilliant in general, and you should seek it out wherever you can, and Arrow by my friend, Barry King. He’s got a great post about how the story came to be, and its journey to seeing print, which you should read as well.

Moving away from fiction, or rather specific fiction, the Strange Horizons Fund Drive is up and running for 2012. Support a year of incredible fiction, and get a chance at some great prizes while you’re at it.

Finally, some fiction in support of a good cause. Another friend of mine, Fran Grote, will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society for every copy of her novel Fire in the Henhouse sold during the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

That’s it for this week. What fabulous things have you discovered lately that you want the world (or the small section of it that occasionally wanders by this blog) to know about?

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Fill the Rocket

It seems I’ve been remiss in mentioning this year’s Strange Horizons Fund Drive. As it turns out, time is the boss of me. I’d just got around to accepting that September had arrived, and now it’s almost over. Luckily, it’s not too late to support this wonderful publication, and you can even win some nifty prizes in the process. If you have a few dollars to spare, I highly recommend supporting Strange Horizons. They provide incredible fiction on a weekly basis, and it’s free! What’s not to love?

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Book Lust

It really hasn’t been that long since I bought new bookshelves. Allowing for the fact that I have to keep at least one shelf-cube open for the dog to sleep in, they’re already starting to get perilously full. Of course, this will not stop me from running out and acquiring new books every chance I get.

Among the things I currently have my eye on is Catherynne M. Valente’s new book, The Habitation of the Blessed. I adore her work so basically, if she wrote it, I want to read it, end of story. The book has its own website here, and you can read about some of the fun stuff that Cat is doing to promote the book here. The launch event in NYC sounds downright awesome. She’ll also be in the Philly area, doing not one, but two reading/signing events…both while I’m out of town. This is me sad.

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The Many Faces of Fandom

Kyle Cassidy has posted his photo gallery of fans from Worldcon/Anticipation. The pictures, as with all his work, are fabulous. Go check them out!

Speaking of fans, the fans of Strange Horizons are an incredibly awesome lot of people who have collectively donated over $13,000 towards the magazine. The fund drive will remain open until the end of the month, so there’s still time to donate if you want to support this wonderful source of free speculative fiction online.

And in reasonably unrelated news, DF Lewis, editor of the Nemonymous series, contributes to the 5th Estate website, discussing the series and the concept of anonymous anthologies in general.

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Keep Your Horizons Strange

It’s that time of year again –┬áStrange Horizons fund drive time. For nearly ten years, Strange Horizons has been publishing fantastic (in both senses of the word) fiction, free of charge. Despite their occasionally questionable taste in authors, if you are a fan of speculative fiction, then they deserve your support. Head on over, make a donation, and keep the free fiction flowing. Heck, you might even win yourself a fabulous prize.

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Bits and Pieces

The Fix posted a very positive review of January’s Strange Horizons, including some kind words about Sisters of the Blessed Diving Order of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew.

storySouth’s Million Writers Award is now open for nominations. Self-nomination is allowed, so I did, cuz everyone else is doing it. Also, if there are going to be any cliffs, and the jumping off thereof, I’m totally up for that too.

Finally, go read this: On the Human Plan by Jay Lake. It’s quite good.

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Long Title, Short Review

I get a kick out of Free SF Reader’s reviews – one or two sentences capturing the spirit of the story and a score out of five. For example, their review of Sisters of the Blessed etc., “We don’t help dead men, stupid.” 3 out of 5. Nice.

Speaking of reviews, The Internet Review of Science Fiction also had good things to say about the story. Huzzah!

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Short Story, Long Title

My short story, Sisters of the Blessed Diving Order of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew is now available over at Strange Horizons. Go check it out!


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