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Summary: Strange Horizons, 2012
Summary: Strange Horizons, 2012

Strange Horizons is one of the longest-running and one of the best webzines going. They made additional changes in 2012, after many changes in 2011 -- this year, there are three new fiction editors: Brit Mandelo, Julia Rios, and An Owomoyela. Niall Harrison is Chief Editor.

I counted just about 142,000 words of new fiction this year, about the same as last year, including two bonus stories issued in response to contributions during their annual fund drive. There were a total of 32 stories, four of them novelettes, five short-shorts.

My favorite four stories of the year were "Things Greater Than Love", by Kate Bachus (March 19), a moving story of mountain climbing with aliens; "The Keats Variation", by K. M. Ferebee (June 4-11), a powerful and austere ghost story; "The Grinnell Method", by Molly Gloss (September 3-10), a beautifully written story of a woman making her way as a scientist (an ornithologist) in the Pacific Northwest decades ago; and "Four Kinds of Cargo", by Leonard Richardson (5 November), a funny and also quite moving story of a spaceship run by an alien Captain obsessed with entertainment products she doesn't even understand.

Other strong stories included "Beside Calais" by Samantha Henderson (March 21), "America Thief" by Alter S. Reiss (December 3-10), "The Fourth Exam", by Dorothy Yarros (October 10), and "Wings", by Amal El-Mohtar (December 17). There was also fine work from Albert Yanex, Nghi Vo, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and Ken Liu.

I make the totals 20 SF stories of 32 pieces, at 62.5% rather more than most recent years.. Also, 10 of the stories were by men, so 31%, 69% by women, fairly normal for Strange Horizons, perhaps a bit more tilted in favor of women than in the past.

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