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Strange Horizons


Editor/Publisher: Mary Anne Mohanraj

Genre: Fantasy, Poetry, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Non-Fiction


Strange Horizons is an online nonprofit speculative fiction magazine, paying professional rates for fiction. Every Monday we post a new story, article, and review; every month we post a poem, an art gallery showcasing an artist's work, and an editorial. We also provide archives containing most of the pieces that we've printed.

Table of Contents


The Biggest Numbers in the Universe (4/2/01)

Bryan Clair

What's the biggest number you've ever seen? Think about it fondly for a moment, because it's going to be blown away. Yes, you can always add one. Yes, you can multiply by ten, or a million. Yet the number you're thinking of is a speck on the knee of the world's smallest flea compared to what's coming.

Forgotten Classics of Science Fiction Cinema: The Monolith Monsters (3/26/01)

Glen R. Chapman

Science fiction cinema, for the most part, has sprung from the realm of low-budget, independent studios. Freed of the need to attain huge profits or enhance the reputation of 'name' actors, filmmakers could, and did, concentrate on making the movies they wanted to make.

Homer Eon Flint: A Legacy (3/19/01)

Vella Munn

The life, work, and untimely death of a pioneering science fiction author, as told by one of his descendants.

Interview: Brian Stableford (3/12/01)

Cheryl Morgan

I'm very interested in the Decadent movements in France and England, and in their aesthetic theories...I've always hoped that a more relaxed society of the future would be able to recover some of [their] doctrines...the notion of art for art's sake, the enthusiasm for alternative lifestyle fantasies, and so on.



Pale Foxes (4/2/01)

Meredith L. Patterson (illustration by Bill Reames)

Ordinary women cannot raise a blacksmith boy; he would bring secrets into their house that could bring harm to an ordinary family.

Underground (3/26/01)

Jennifer de Guzman

Fairy dust makes everything beautiful: when you're using it you look beautiful and everything looks beautiful to you.

The Calcium Efflux Conspiracy (3/19/01)

Joe Murphy

"There isn't much time. The voices behind the Illuminati have fallen silent. The New World Order has ceased its relentless quest for world domination. I predicted this; they're puppets, after all."

Desert Scene with Blue Female (3/12/01)

Ramon Arjona

Cyan's long sapphire hair ran down over her naked azure body. Her delicate blue hands moved gently between the branches of the low shrubs, as if she were searching for something.



Works from "the Frank Zappa of the art world"

Frank Wu (4/2/01)



A Tale of Collaboration (4/2/01)

Marge Simon and Bruce Boston

I open my fingers, drop the pen.

It bounces on the forest carpet,

lands on a trail of blood kisses.

Beans (3/19/01)

Jody Wallace

Gold chain man, faithless, nevertheless

worked harder to beat the beans

than he ever did to love Lynda.



The Circular World of Victor Pelevin's Life of Insects (4/2/01)

Leah Cutter

In The Life of Insects . . . the characters metamorphose from human to insect and back from sentence to sentence, sometimes pausing in a human-insect combination to emphasize the absurdities of life. It's a funny, satirical trip through post-Communist Russia.

The Kinder Side of Vampirism: Nightwalker: Midnight Detective (3/26/01)

Erin Donahoe

[Nightwalker] is a story about human (and in-human) interaction in a dangerous and violent world, and about love and heartache.

Andy Duncan's Beluthahatchie and Other Stories: Where Folklore and Fantasy Meet (3/19/01)

Chris Cobb

Fantasist and folklorist, he takes premises that are not made up, or at least are not made up by Andy Duncan . . . and creates new and strange stories out of them, which nevertheless tell the truth about the way things happened.

Harrowing Urban Fantasy: Robert Charles Wilson's The Perseids and Other Stories (3/12/01)

John Aegard

If you had to sort Robert Charles Wilson's The Perseids and Other Stories into a bookseller's bucket, you'd probably reach for the one marked 'urban fantasy' . . . . But Wilson doesn't quite fit snugly alongside the feypunk set. His speculative territory is vast and impersonal and often chilling; far closer to Lovecraft than to de Lint.



Online Magazines and Speculative Fiction: Implications for Publishers, Writers, and Readers (4/2/01)

Mary Anne Mohanraj

We're in a very experimental phase at the moment, but I predict that we're actually going to see some fine magazines shake out of this, and that they'll have very different approaches and tones from the traditional print magazines.


Updated on: 04/07/01


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