written by David Steffen Strange Horizons is a freely available online speculative fiction zine that also publishes nonfiction and poetry. Their editor-in-chief is Niall Harrison. Their fiction editors are Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owoyo, and Vajra Chandresekera, and their podcast is edited, hosted, and usually read by Anaea Lay. They publish a variety of styles […]
Strange Horizons is a freely available online speculative fiction zine that also publishes nonfiction and poetry. They publish a variety of styles of stories and have regularly attracted award nominations in recent years.
All of the stories and poetry in the zine are published in the podcast.
Jeff Carlson was a shortlister for the Campbell, a finalist for the Dick, and a first placer for WOTF. He is the author the alien Frozen Sky series and the post-apocalyptic Plague War series. His latest novel is the post-apocalyptic Interrupt. His short stories have appeared in Asimov’s and Strange Horizons. His short story collection is Long Eyes. His stories have been published in 16 languages.
Ann LeckieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ancillary Justice swept the awards. (See the list below.) The sequel, Ancillary Sword, is due in October 2014. The third novel in the trilogy will be titled Ancillary Mercy. Lecke is a Clarion graduate, former VP of SFWA, founder of GigaNotoSaurus, and former slush editor for Podcastle. Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Subterranean Magazine.
written by David Steffen
And the next category up in Nebula nominees, voted by professional SF and fantasy authors, stories from 7500-17,500 words. As I work my way up in the category lengths I generally enjoy less of the stories because the longer categories could often do with significant trimming.
So I was surprised and pleased after only really digging one of the stories in the Short Story category, that this category did much better.
written by David Steffen
You can find a full list of the 2013 Nebula nominees here. This is a review of the short stories nominated this year for the Nebulas, which are chosen by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Strange Horizons editor Julia Rios, in an interview with SFWA, said of Tom GreeneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Zero Bar,Ã¢â‚¬Â published last year: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It knocked my socks off because it brought up so many things IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d experienced in my own life.Ã¢â‚¬Â Greene recently sold Ã¢â‚¬Å“Another ManÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s TreasureÃ¢â‚¬Â to Analog. Greene has a Bachelor in English, a MFA in creative writing, and a Ph.D. in English literature. But he struggled for thirty years to discover why his stories were being rejected and how to write marketable fiction. In this interview with Diabolical Plots he explains what he learned in the process. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Zero Bar,Ã¢â‚¬Â probably GreeneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best story, was significantly revised at the request of the above mentioned Rios. Greene explains why he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a knee-jerk reaction to these suggestions. He also shares some profound insights into why vampire stories are so popular and why the vampire myth has endured in fiction for so long.
Semiprozine is one of those Hugo categories that’s a little hard to understand. They can’t be professional magazines, where professional means that either the magazine provides more than 1/4 the income of any person or is owned/published by an entity that provides more than 1/4 the income to any one person. And it has to pay its contributors or staff in something other than copies of the magazine, or is only available for paid purchase.
As it happens, all five of the semiprozine nominees are magazines that I’ve read before.
Technology is constantly changing the way we do so many things, and writing is no exception. How exactly? I’ve broken down the answer to that question into a set of categories. Keep in mind that all of this is through my own perspective on writing, which has been primarily speculative fiction short stories.
Is there anything I’ve left out, related to any sort of writing? Leave a comment!