Category Archives: October 2010

Solaris, Issue 175, Summer 2010

When talking about short fiction in the French Canadian SF scene, one name stands out: Solaris. It is not only one of the oldest ongoing genre magazines (only Analog and F&SF are its seniors), its quality is reflected in the … Continue reading

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Shimmer, Issue 12

What kind of magazine is Shimmer? What kind of stories do Beth Wodzinski and her staff choose for inclusion, do they hold true to their criteria, and in the end do all of the components mix and match and meld … Continue reading

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Sybil’s Garage, no. 7

Sybil’s Garage no. 7 marks its growth with a new format in its print version and a movement from ISSN to ISBN. No. 7 contains eighteen stories of various lengths (along with poetry and a long essay on Quentin Tarantino’s … Continue reading

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Bolivia: A sci-fi country

Bolivia is not a country of science. Obviously there are universities and patents, research and technological advances, but this happens largely through foreign aid, or in minimum percentages compared with other countries. The reason for that is due to lack … Continue reading

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France – a land of literature, and imaginary fiction?

If someone had to describe France, what features would they first choose ? The French « gastronomie » is quite famous – our cheese and wine are considered leaders of the field by many. Then the monuments, of course – our Eiffel … Continue reading

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Polden, XXI Vek; October 2010

Polden, XXI Vek (Noon, XXI Century) is a Russian science fiction magazine, founded in 2002 by Boris Strugatsky. The Strugatsky Brothers, Arkady (1925-1991) and Boris (b. 1933) have dominated the Russian science fiction for decades. The magazine’s title is clearly … Continue reading

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Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2010

“Dead Man’s Run,” the longest and by far the strongest of the stories in this issue, immerses the reader in the world of amateur competitive running, making a neat metaphor for the pursuit that frames the story. In Robert Reed’s … Continue reading

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Mount København

Kasper Colling Nielsen: Mount København. Publisher: Gyldendal, 2010. 176 pages, DKK 229. Kasper Colling Nielsen’s debut book Mount København [Mount Copenhagen] is a wonderfully lopsided, indefinable work.

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Strange Horizons, September 20-October 18, 2010

This review of Strange Horizons is my first gig for The Portal, and here’s hoping for a long run. As you all likely know, Strange Horizons is a weekly pro e-zine featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews.  Though I’m just … Continue reading

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Bull Spec, Issue #3, Autumn 2010

Bull Spec is a quarterly print magazine (also available as a PDF) published in North Carolina by Samuel Montgomery. It’s a mix of fiction and nonfiction, though by page count there is a lot more nonfiction in this issue, consisting … Continue reading

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Paraíso Líquido

Luiz Bras: Paraíso Líquido Terracota This is a book you won’t be able to read in English in the near future. Published as a free edition under the auspices of the government of the State of São Paulo, Paraíso Liquido … Continue reading

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Ideomancer, Vol. 9, Issue 3: September 2010

Leah Bobet’s editorial for the September issue of Ideomancer is interesting because it helps to give shape to this quarter’s selection of stories, identifying a common thread linking the three pieces – namely, the subject of relationships. But what’s also … Continue reading

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Some sort of introduction to Danish science fiction

With only 5,5 million inhabitants, speaking their own language, and with a long history of maintaining a mono-ethnic culture, Danish science fiction literature is in every way a small subject for study. Some attempts have been made to publish a science … Continue reading

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Editors’ Note, October/November 2010

Welcome, readers. Some of you may have heard about us online, and some of you probably met Val in Columbus. Hi! The Portal is a free, volunteer-run, online review of short-form science fiction, fantasy, and horror from around the world. … Continue reading

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