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Summary: Strange Horizons, 2007

 Summary: Strange Horizons, 2007

Strange Horizons is one of the longest-running and one of the best webzines going. (I would say that Jim Baen's Universe now gives them a good run for the title of "best" -- and the two sites are so different that direct comparisons are pointless.) They publish a story a week. Most of the stories are short: only two this year were novelettes (serialized over two weeks) and those were short novelettes. The focus is broad -- lots of "slipstream", but also general fantasy and science fiction. The fiction editors are Jed Hartman, Susan Marie Groppi, and Karen Meisner.

I counted just under 180,000 words of fiction this year, all new. This is pretty much the same wordcount they feature every year. There were a total of 48  stories, two of them novelettes, four of them short-shorts. (Less than 52 total because a couple of the longer stories appeared over two issues, and because a couple of weeks were skipped for holidays.)

As ever the fiction was strong, though I thought it perhaps not quite as good, taken as a whole, as in 2006. I should also mention that they feature a lot of poetry, and articles, and reviews. The review section remains very interesting and often provocative.

My favorite story of the year was Tim Pratt's "Artifice and Intelligence", clever, pointed, funny, about spontaneously arising AIs -- including, perhaps, magical ones. The next three on my list were Donna Glee Williams's "Limits", about a curious world on the side of a slope of some sort, so that people live at one level and typically travel only a few levels up or down; Chris Gauthier's "Raindogs and Dustpuppets", with its lovely central image of briefly living "dogs" and "puppets" made of rain and dust -- and the races and other uses people make of these beings; and "Catherine and the Satyr", by Theodora Goss, about a woman in Regency times who desperately takes up with a capture satyr. I should also mention Will McIntosh's "One Paper Airplane Graffito Love Note", a lovely sweet romantic fantasia with some striking images; and Stephanie Burgis's "Locked Doors", about a boy living with a father who has some unusual personal issues; and Lori Selke's "Dead. Nude. Girls.", about what it says -- a strip show featuring zombies. There was also fine work from Leah Bobet (twice), A. B. Goelman, Lavie Tidhar (twice), Liz Williams, Leslie Brown, Ruth Nestvold, Marc Schultz, and Dennis Danvers.

I make the totals 12 SF stories -- 25%. And similarly, 12 of the stories were by men -- which means 75% by women. In 2006, 32 of 47 stories were by women -- 68%.

 

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