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closing a chapter

Oh hello there!  I haven't forgotten about this online journaling stuff.  In fact, I'm finally getting to the point where I'm ready to start anew.

But for now, I'm just poking my head up on Livejournal to share some news -- I'm stepping down as an editor of Strange Horizons.  

Even though I've been coming to this decision for a while, I find myself really emotional about announcing it now.  Working at Strange Horizons has been an extraordinary, life-changing experience, and a huge part of my world for a very long time.  It's time for me to move on, but I'm still wistful about closing that chapter of my life, and I will miss it dearly.  To all of you who've been a part of that, as readers and writers, I thank you with all my heart.  Let's forge onward and create new wondrous things.

new fiction

Yes, I'm still here, even though I haven't been visiting my LJ much lately.  More on that in a bit.  But I must drop in this morning to let you know that there's a wonderful new story by Theodora Goss up at Strange Horizons!  It's in two parts and both are up now, beginning here:

"The Mad Scientist's Daughter"

We don't judge. Who, indeed, are we to do so? We have all done things of which we are not proud. The club is a haven for us, a port in a particularly stormy world.

If you are a fan of the elegant Ms. Goss, or if you would like to become one, I highly recommend you check it out.

new fiction

Now playing at Strange Horizons, the complete two-part story, beginning here:

"Beautiful White Bodies" by Alice Sola Kim

The fall after Justine moved back home, the high school girls became beautiful. She saw it herself, from behind the counter of the coffee shop by her old high school. The beauty spread viciously: first to one girl, then two, then four, and now almost twenty.

There are so many layers to this piece that I am tempted to talk about it here. But I generally let our stories speak for themselves, so I won't say anything further to prepare you for this one, except to hope there are other readers out there who will find it as awesome and fascinating as I do. Enjoy!

new fiction

This week! At Strange Horizons! A new story, and it's a beaut:

"Tyrannia" by Alan DeNiro

The man crashes to the ground, and then lies still, and birds fly to the site of him. They land on him from head to toe. He doesn't move, and won't move again of his own volition. In his arteries, though, are the beginnings of a journey.

Also brand-new by Alan DeNiro this week is his debut novel, Total Oblivion, More or Less. It's been getting phenomenal rave reviews all over the place, and I can't wait to read it! Plus, with a fantastic cover like that, you know it'd make an uber-cool stocking stuffer.


Ryan North is a genius.

If you click through on this, don't miss the mouseover.

the z machine

Now this is some proper futuristic science: beautiful and scary.

the z machine
, new mexico
(click to view full size)


the button

I haven't had time or cash to go out to the movies in forever, and there's all kinds of good stuff out there that I'm missing! But when it comes to "The Box", I suspect I'm better off with this two-minute sketch anyway.

"It was supposed to be like a moral puzzle!"


new fiction

Suddenly the end of the year seems to be rushing towards us at an alarming speed. Must take time to smell the flowers, read the stories, etc. Why, here's a nifty one now!

A Brief Investigation of the Process of Decay, by Genevieve Valentine

There was a pause before "interested" that meant "acclimated," as if Mars was going to be just like the rez, except without oxygen.


If you're nominating short stories for any awards this year, I hope you will consider the delightful assortment available in the Strange Horizons archives. It would make us very happy to see some of our favorite stories get a well-deserved wider recognition.


Related only by virtue of the fact that Ms. Valentine is the purveyor of all things funny and has brought this skit to my attention: I have to admit there are times when I wish Jane Austen scenes would end this way.

new fiction

Good morning!  Know what's a great way to start off your week?  Reading a brand-new story at Strange Horizons.

"True Names" by Stephanie Burgis

When I let Sam sweet talk me into moving out here to the back of beyond to be his wife, it was all about the romance of the wild, the two of us standing at each other's sides against mountain lions and poisonous snakes, and me learning to be just as fierce against them as any man. Days like today somehow never got mentioned in any of his stories, back then.

We hope you will like it!

Fans of the lovely Ms. Burgis may be excited to know that her young person's novel, A Most Improper Magick, will be coming out this spring. Here is a quickie book trailer:


And for something completely different, check out last week's story:

Nomadology, by Chris Nakashima-Brown

I watched the muted television. On-screen, stop-motion set pieces illustrated a science fiction fantasy of the destruction of the state apparatus and the abolition of private property mediated by alien invasion and natural disaster. The only sound in the room was the soft clicking of aluminum knitting needles, like a DIY Geiger counter monitoring our entropic half-lives.

new fiction

This week at Strange Horizons:

"Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut" by Cat Rambo

"If you're going to be our leader, you need to look like you haven't time-travelled here from the 20th century," Dr. Arcane grumbles to Ms. Liberty. "You may have been built with the blueprints from the Stepford wives, but you don't have to keep looking like one."



Note to all interested writers: the Strange Horizons fiction department will be taking our winter break during November and December, and during those two months we will be closed to submissions.  If you want to send a story to SH before the year ends, you've got a few days left!


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karen meisner
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