Category Archives: January 2011

The Key, 31 January 2011

This week we’re offering up links about Chosen Ones, an interesting blog by a Locus short fiction reviewer, new (amusing) terms for sf criticism, sf in Romania, zombies and what people have done with them, “The Secret Feminist Cabal”, what … Continue reading

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Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, #26, November 2010

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW) is a ‘zine that Small Beer Press has published for ages now (in ‘zine time at least, the first issue is dated November 1996), and has a reputation for strange, original fiction that bulges well … Continue reading

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The Warbler’s Nest by Jason McIntosh

“The Warbler’s Nest” is Jason McIntosh’s entry to the 2010 Interactive Fiction Competition. The game tied for ninth place in the competition, which surprised me, since I felt it was a better piece than several submitted works (at least, the … Continue reading

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Apex Magazine Issue #20, January 2011

January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, the god of doorways and gateways and journeys. The god of beginnings and also the god of endings.   Apex Magazine Issue #20 embraces the Janusian name by presenting three stories … Continue reading

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A Brief Introduction to Short-Form Interactive Fiction

Although part of computer culture since the mid-seventies, the genre of Interactive Fiction, commonly abbreviated IF, is often relatively new for avid readers of fiction. This may be because IF originated from a computer game and, quite frankly, many would … Continue reading

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Dark Spires

The publisher, Cheryl Morgan, has this to say about Dark Spires: I’m not going to wax lyrical about its chances in awards, because it is not that sort of book. Dark Spires was not created to compete with the blockbuster … Continue reading

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New Scientist, Flash Fiction Competition 2010

New Scientist is a for-profit popular science magazine, published since 1956, based in the UK. I find it easier to describe this magazine in negatives: it isn’t a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and it doesn’t specialize in one particular scientific field. … Continue reading

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The Key, 14 January 2011

This week we’re bringing you intriguing history, thoughts about realism, analysis of IF storytelling and techniques, a novel review, and an interrogation of what makes a ‘good’ story.

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Strange Horizons, November 15-December 20, 2010

The new editor in chief of Strange Horizons,  Niall Harrison, has announced that some changes since Susan Marie Groppi departed and he took over will manifest themselves in the new year.

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Tor.com, December 1, 2010 – January 1, 2011

Tor.com tipped their hat to the holidays this December by giving readers a strange and wondrous Christmas story from respected science fiction authors Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn. (Two additional Christmas stories, which were originally featured in 2009 and re-posted … Continue reading

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Lightspeed #7, December 2010

I enjoyed reading Lightspeed #6 enough to agree to read and review its next issue #7. I was pretty enthusiastic, because issue #7 featured reprints from Ursula LeGuin and Kristine Kathryn Rusch and, to an extent, the selected stories satisfied … Continue reading

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Apexology: Horror

Apexology: Horror is a digital only anthology of dark fiction from Apex Books.  The anthology’s editor, Jason Sizemore, states in the introduction that the anthology’s goal is to “promote the authors on the Apex roster in a cost efficient manner.” … Continue reading

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Sword and Sorceress, XXV

Sword and Sorceress, XXV, edited by Elisabeth Waters, takes the reader on a waltz through divergent worlds and heroines.  Add a dash of romance and derring-do, not to mention a generous portion of sorcery, and we’re presented with an all-encompassing … Continue reading

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The Key, 5 January 2011

. . . and we’re back! Took last week off for New Year’s. Here are some links we’d like to share about a new magazine, thoughts on literary reviewing on the internet, musings about plot, and a review of a … Continue reading

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #57 and #58

I’ve only been reading Beneath Ceaseless Skies (BCS) for a very short time. The first issue I ever read was issue #56, and I was pleased enough that I agreed to review issues #57 and #58 as well.

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Apex Magazine #19, December 2010

Apex Magazine is a monthly online magazine featuring works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  Issue number 19, the December issue, features two new stories, one reprint, and two works of poetry.  In many parts of the world, the month … Continue reading

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Apex Magazine #18, November 2010

When presented with explosive controversy, you can dive right in or look for ways to turn the publicity to more constructive ends. After a recent controversy within the SFF community over anti-Islamic statements, Apex Magazine’s fiction editor Catherynne M. Valente … Continue reading

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The Rough Guide to Modern Malaysian Science Fiction and Fantasy

The question of what exactly constitutes modern Malaysian science fiction and fantasy cannot be answered without first addressing the integral question; “Does science fiction and fantasy writing exist in Malaysia?” This post is not aimed at being a definitive guide to … Continue reading

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Crossed Genres Year Two

Submitting to Crossed Genres is an interesting exercise in interpretation and limiting one’s creativity – every month, there is a theme, and submissions should fit the theme of any given month. The themes are interpreted in a variety of ways, … Continue reading

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Editors’ Note, January 2011

Welcome, readers.

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