Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Strange Horizons Magazine

A Mortal Legend by Marcelo Cohen  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 06/26/17
(Magical Realism) A girl who sells ice cream at the airport copes with body parts appearing in the ice cream vats.
A Slumbering Storm by Rafaela Ferraz  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/03/17
(Modern Fantasy) Eva goes to a mysterious hotel in an out-of-the-way town to try a sleep cure for her ennui.
Airswimming by Aisha Phoenix1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 10/09/17
(Modern Fantasy) Imani mourns the loss of her grandfather, so she goes to a clinic where sufferers of chronic grief can get over it by learning to “airswim.”
(Modern Fantasy) In the Azores islands, as the world’s last snake woman heads home from her bookstore and gets ready to reincarnate herself, she reminisces about the excavation of Knossos, which she had known in its glory.
BlueBellow by Alexis Pauline Gumbs  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 01/16/17
(Horror) Serena comes to London for a set of business meetings, but is haunted by mermaids calling to her from the mirrors. Or are they zombies?
Bombyx mori by Kerstin Hall  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 01/09/17
(Metafiction) Cynae lives in a house in the woods, where she making a living spinning silk. She has reasons to want to be alone.
Concessions by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali2  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueStrange Horizons 03/06/17
(Near-Future SFF) Bilqis,  the only real doctor in a dying community of religious exiles, finds something strange when she examines a pregnant woman.
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Darner by Jonathan Laidlow  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueStrange Horizons 06/19/17
(Horror) Temple’s new thesis supervisor takes her down town to show her the city in a way she’s never seen it before.
(Magical Realism) In a riverside village in Ecuador, a girl identifies with a mythical figure who once sought help in the river of the condor.
Human Pilots by J.B. Park  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 08/21/17
(Military SF) Wounded in battle, Captain Carla Perea was the only pilot in the recovery center, but today she’s joined by Captain Sun Gaang.
Judo by Rasha Abbas1  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 10/30/17
(Literary Fiction) A young woman is fascinated by a young man whom she only sees from her window.
Krace Is Not a Highway by Scott Vanyur1  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 10/02/17
(Post Apocalypse) HiQIRR was built to rate national highways and report problems, but no one listens anymore. Only Krace, and he wants HiQIRR to look for other surviving humans.
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Lacuna by Lane Robins  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 04/10/17
(Modern Fantasy) Father Jean-Paulo has come to Lacuna to bring an old dying priest home, but the golem girls in the Burlesk are a powerful distraction.
(Historical Fantasy) In 1968 Montreal, Gus joins the FLQ and helps mount terrorist attacks in the name of Quebecois independence.
Light, Like a Candle Flame by Iona Sharma  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 05/15/17
(Planetary SF) The Terravine colony has grown to where it needs to build a sewage plant, and, as Magistra Descendant, Sara is right in the middle of it.
London Calling by Philip A. Suggars  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 02/20/17
(Slipstream) Ingrid can talk to the soul of the city, and she has something she wants from it. And vice versa.
Love Pressed in Vinyl by Devon Wong1  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 04/03/17
(Horror) It’s not healthy to listen to the music on the record, and Malik is determined to destroy whoever made it.
(High Fantasy) The kingdom’s security depends on its goddesses, so it’s a big problem that they all want to die.
Oshun, Inc. by Jordan Ifueko1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 09/18/17
(Modern Fantasy) Yemi serves the Nigerian goddess, Oshun, answering the prayers of believers, but she works out of the LA office, which handles Americans of Nigerian descent, and she never gets the best cases.
(Modern Fantasy) Nina knows that owls appear to warn us of impending catastrophe, but what does it mean when one of them keeps harassing you?
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Sasabonsam by Tara Campbell  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 12/11/17
(African Folklore Horror) In the darkness, a Sasabonsam hangs from a tree waiting for suitable victims to walk underneath. You shouldn’t go out alone.
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Seeds by Margaret Wack1  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 04/17/17
(Post Apocalypse) In the ruins of the world, Snow learns that hope for the future lies to the north, and she makes plans to go there.
Terra Nullius by HanuΕ‘ Seiner2  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 03/20/17
(Alien Invasion) Only juvenile aliens are capable of original thought, so we can't even tell the adults that they're destroying our world. Reaching the juvenile's means going deep inside the enormous females.
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(Apocalypse) A plague has turned almost everyone in the world into birds, but Maria is determined to make her way home and find her husband.
The Darwinist by Diaa Jubaili2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 10/30/17
(Modern Fantasy) Shafiq has a birthmark on his face shaped like a banana. This may have some connection to his father’s belief that people came from monkeys.
The Dead Father Cookbook by Ashley Blooms1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/17/17
(Horror) The narrator wants to bring her father back from the dead, but first she has to trick her brother into helping eat his cremated remains.
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(Slipstream) The narrator grows up in a thinly-disguised Ukraine where things are gradually falling apart.
(Cambodian Horror/Mystery) Thirteen years after Dara’s sister Sopha disappeared, a foreign film crew comes to their village asking awkward questions about what really happened to the little girl.
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The Monkey King Sleeps by Su-Yee Lin  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 01/02/17
(Mainstream) Young Kai takes a German couple up one of the Karsts near Guilin, China, to explore one of the caves.
(SF) In an age where death and dying are rare, the narrator’s mother decides she’s had enough of life.
Them Boys by Nora Anthony2  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 11/06/17
(Modern  Fantasy) The narrator and her best friend explore the beach where other teens hang out, but the real action is in the little cave with the boys from the sea who have tails instead of legs.
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(Space Opera) The empire “harvests” psionics and integrates them into their FTL starships. A starship content with her lot foresees a violent future when she recounts her story to a girl reluctant to be harvested.
(Alternate History) Back in the fifties, the Benefactors came to Earth and made some people “geniuses.” Now, as those people die, the Benefactors “harvest” their bodies. Akeem hates them for this, and he fears his grandmother might be next.
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(Horror) At a drunken party, Scarlett tells the new boy a ghost story she’d promised her now-dead best friend she’d never repeat.
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(Alternate History Fantasy) Captions on pictures from a very different WWII than the one in the history books.
unfurl/ed by Jes Rausch  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 08/14/17
(SF) The Arnos power grid has a problem, but the entities that run the power satellite are having difficulties of their own—including not knowing how long ago this problem started.
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Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 06/05/17
(SF Humor) After Charlie is unfrozen, Kit guides him around the future. It’s, like, TOTALLY not what he expected, and yet, like, kinda familiar, LOL.
Watershed by Allison Jamieson-Lucy  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 09/11/17
(Fantasy) When Koha sees Ihiteru walking on the river, she persuades her to stay a few days and help her. Riverwalkers never stay long, but she hopes this will be an exception.

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