CURRENT ISSUES: Periodical SF, Fantasy & Horror

 

 

 

 

 

Current Issues is an occasional feature (mostly monthly) that provides a round up of the content of periodical SF, fantasy and horror.

Periodical logos link directly to that publication’s website. Active links within the body of the text link to the story or article in question (there’s an awful lot of ‘free’ stuff out there).

We will tend to feature the paying markets here, but are more than happy to include additional publications that are offering fiction in our fields; if you would like your publication included here, please contact us directly.

Fiction
Wither And Blossom | Oka Ja Kukinto
By: Suvi Kauppila
I have outlived my parents and my little brother. My memory isn’t what it used to be.

Oka Ja Kukinto | Wither And Blossom
By: Suvi Kauppila
Olen saatellut lepoon vanhempani ja pikkuveljeni. Muistini ei ole enää entisensä.

Faces and Thoughts | څېرې او اندېښنې
By: Abdul wakil Sulamal
Translated by: James Caron
He had commissioned one of those mansions that people have nowadays, furnished with marble and stone, that he had just moved into two weeks ago.

څېرې او اندېښنې | Faces and Thoughts
By: Abdul wakil Sulamal
دا چې خداى ( ج) څنګه پرې دا هر څه لورولي وو ، دا اوږده کيسه ده ، خو صاحب چې اوس په کومو شنو او سروکې لوبېده ، هر سړى ورته ګوته په غاښ او هک پک حيران و . نه يې د پيسو شمېر کېده او نه هم د راز راز موټرو ، بنګلو او نورو حسابونو کتابونو … داسې ماڼۍ چې نن سبا دى په کې دېره و او پوره دوه اونۍ د مخه يې نوې رانيولې وه ، کله په خوب کې هم نه وه ليدلې او نه خو هم له ده سره کله داسې تصور

Reprint
Shira | שירה
By: Lavie Tidhar
Nur remembered a paragraph from one of Tirosh’s poems, from the single book he published, two years before the twentieth century came to an end: “The morning rises: another train station…”

שירה | Shira
By: Lavie Tidhar
נור נזכרה בבית אחד משיר של תירוש, מהספר היחיד שהוא פרסם, שנתיים לפני סוף המאה העשרים: “הבוקר עולה; עוד תחנת רכבת. השמיים בכחול כהה ופנסי הרחוב דולקים; אנשים, כמו תיבות טבועות של אוצרות עתיקים, יושבים במצולותיהם. מוקדם מדי להתחיל בפעולות חילוץ: לשעה קלה, לפני שהשמש תזרח, אנחנו לבד.” היא לא אהבה את הדימוי, לא מצאה בו את המקוריות הדרושה כדי להפוך את השיר למשהו מעבר למשני, אבל עדיין… היא חשבה עליו עכשיו, מכיוון שבדרכו שלו, תירוש תפש, בשיר, מהות מסוימת של מסע. לתחנה היה שם רשמי בו לא נעשה שימוש; עבור תושבי העיר, לפחות, היה לה רק שם אחד, שילוב

Poetry
Celestial Nirvana—written by the Curiosity Rover upon landing on Mars | 星球湼槃─為好奇號登陸火星而寫
By: Ko Hua Chen | 陳克華
Translated by: Annie Sheng
I traveled eight and a half months to finally pay a visit to / Earth’s brother, separated and scattered a distance away

星球湼槃─為好奇號登陸火星而寫 | Celestial Nirvana–written by the Curiosity Rover upon landing on Mars
By: Ko Hua Chen | 陳克華
走了八個半月終於得以拜見

Podcasts

Podcast: Wither And Blossom
Art by: Suvi Kauppila
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Translated by: Suvi Kauppila
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Suvi Kauppila’s “Wither And Blossom.”

Podcast: Wither And Blossom – Finnish
By: Suvi Kauppila
Podcast read by: Suvi Kauppila
Translated by: Suvi Kauppila
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Suvi Kauppila’s “Wither And Blossom – Finnish.”

Podcast: Faces and Thoughts
By: Abdul wakil Sulamal
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Abdul wakil Sulamal’s “Faces and Thoughts.”

Podcast: Faces and Thoughts – Pashto
By: Abdul wakil Sulamal
Podcast read by: Abdul wakil Sulamal
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Abdul wakil Sulamal’s “Faces and Thoughts.”

Podcast: Shira
By: Lavie Tidhar
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Translated by: Lavie Tidhar
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Lavie Tidhar’s “Shira.” The original Hebrew language version of this story was first published on the Israeli SFF Society website, by editor Nir Yaniv. It is also a reprint of the English version, originally published in The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow, 2008.

Reviews

Monday: Orbital Cloud by Taiyo Fujii, translated by Timothy Silver
By: Rachel CordascoScience Fiction StoriesThe Worldless
by Indrapramit Das Author spotlightDeath Every Seventy-Two Minutes
by Adam-Troy Castro Author spotlightCome-from-Aways
by Julian Mortimer Smith Author spotlightFantasy StoriesPhantom Pain
by Eileen Gunn Author spotlightThe Debt of the Innocent
by Rachel Swirsky Author spotlightThe Stone Lover
by Marta Randall Author spotlightLa Peau Verte
by Caitlín R. KiernanSoccer Fields and Frozen Lakes
by Greg Kurzawa Author spotlightNonfictionEditorial, March 2017
by John Joseph AdamsTV Review: March 2017
by Joseph Allen HillBook Reviews: March 2017
by Amal El-Mohtar

Interview: Nnedi Okorafor
by Christian A. Coleman

Exclusive Paid Content

NOVELLA: Proving the Rule
by Holly Phillips

NOVEL EXCERPT: Orbital Cloud
by Taiyo Fujii

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Holly Phillips
by Robyn Lupo

March/April 2017 Vol. 41 Nos. 3 & 4

NOVELLA

Tao Zero
Damien Broderick

NOVELETTES

Soulmates.com
Will McIntosh

Three Can Keep a Secret
Bill Johnson & Gregory Frost

Kitty Hawk
Alan Smale

The Wisdom of the Group
Ian R. MacLeod

SHORT STORIES

Number Thirty-Nine Skink
Suzanne Palmer

The Ones Who Know Where They Are Going
Sarah Pinsker

Invasion of the Saucer-Men
Dale Bailey

Cupido
Rich Larson

A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension
Andrea M. Pawley

After the Atrocity
Ian Creasey

Goner
Gregory Norman Bossert

We Regret the Error
Terry Bisson

POETRY

Mount Rushmore
Marge Simon

Small Certainties
Sara Polsky

Almost Certainly a Time Traveler
Jarod K. Anderson

Surreal Axioms
Bruce Boston

Note from Olympus Mons
Robert Frazier

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Robert Borski

DEPARTMENTS

Guest Editorial: Things Change
James Patrick Kelly

Reflections: Forty Years!
Robert Silverberg

On the Net: Screen Dreams
James Patrick Kelly

Next Issue

On Books
Peter Heck

The SF Conventional Calendar
Erwin S. Strauss

Words from the Editor-in-Chief by Jason Sizemore

“Luminaria” by John Hornor Jacobs (Novelette)

Interview with Author John Hornor Jacobs by Andrea Johnson (March 8th)

“Waste” by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs (Short Story)

“Jesus Christ, Reanimator” by Ken MacLeod (Short Story)

Interview with Cover Artist Caroline Jamhour by Russell Dickerson (March 28th)

Books Worth Your Time by the Apex staff

Words for Thought: Short Fiction Review by A.C. Wise
From the Story Vaults: Paperclips and Memories and Things That Won’t Be Missed by Caroline Yaochim

Podcast Fiction


NOVELLAS

Nexus
Michael F. Flynn

Plaisir D’Amour
John Alfred Taylor

NOVELETTES

Europa’s Survivors

Marianne J. Dyson

Host
Eneasz Brodski

The Human Way
Tony Ballantyne

SHORT STORIES

Eli’s Coming
Catherine Wells

Time Heals
James C. Glass

Shakesville
Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

The Snatchers
Edward McDermott

Unbearable Burden
Gwendolyn Clare

Grandmaster
Jay O’Connell

Alexander’s Theory of Special Relativity
Shane Halbach

Concerning the Devastation Wrought by the Nefarious Gray Comma and Its Ilk: A Men in Tie-Dye Adventure
Tim McDaniel

Ecuador vs Bug-eyed Monsters
Jay Werkheiser

SCIENCE FACT

Sustainability Lab 101: Cuba as a Simulation of Possible Futures
Stanley Schmidt

PROBABILITY ZERO

Hidden Intentions
Mary E. Lowd

POETRY

Barriers
J, Northcutt Jr.

Hypothesis/Assertion
Daniel D. Villani

DEPARTMENTS

Guest Editorial: Future-Propfing the Near Future: Design Fiction for Global Education
Nickolas Falkner

The Alternate View
John G. Cramer

In Times to Come

The Reference Library
Don Sakers

Brass Tacks

Upcoming Events
Anthony Lewis

ISSUE 126, March 2017

FICTION

Two Ways of Living

Real Ghosts

Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe

Crown of Thorns

Goodnight, Melancholy

The Discovered Country

At the Cross-Time Jaunter’s Ball

NON-FICTION

SF Short Fiction Markets in China: An Overview of 2016

Howling at the Lunar Landscape: A Conversation with Ian McDonald

Another Word: Reading For Pleasure

Editor’s Desk: Recognizing 2016

PODCASTS

Two Ways of Living

Real Ghosts

Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe

Crown of Thorns

Goodnight, Melancholy

The Discovered Country

ART

Jungle Deep

Fiction

No Regrets on Fourth Street
by Lauren C. Teffeau

Shell Game
by Tom Jolly

proLong
by James Van Pelt

Defensive Posture
by Eric Del Carlo

Real Rachel Winterbourne
by Tim Jeffreys

Short on Thought, Quick on the Trigger
by Dave Creek

Last Times
by Jez Patterson

Natural Eyes
by Benjamin Sonnek

Shorter Stories

Floating Rocks
by L.L. Hill

Goddamn Marvel
by James Wesley Reid

Ligeia is Waiting
by Russell Hemmell

Articles

Drones in the Daffodils
by Wyss Institute

Mapping Time Travel
by Daniel M. Kimmel

NOVELLAS
The Man Who Put the Bomp – Richard Chwedyk

NOVELETS
Driverless – Robert Grossbach

Ten Half-Pennies – Matthew Hughes

The Avenger – Albert E. Cowdrey

SHORT STORIES

The Toymaker’s Daughter – Arundhati Hazra

A Green Silk Dress and a Wedding-Death – Cat Hellisen

Miss Cruz – James Sallis

Daisy – Eleanor Arnason

POEMS
Spacemail Only – Ruth Berman

DEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For – Charles de Lint

Musing on Books – Michelle West

Science: Robots in Your Pants – Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty

Films: The Language of Loss, Trust, and Heptapods – Kathi Maio

Coming Attractions –
Curiosities – David Langford

CARTOONS
Arthur Masear, Arthur Masear, Nick Downes

COVER
Bryn Barnard for “The Man Who Put the Bomp”


From the Cloud
Editorial

When I tried to go to England
by Sarah Hart

Wind Farmers from Outer Space
by Robert Cox

Hyter and the House That Stands
by Steve Toase

Dissecting SF: The Enduring Influence of Kafka on Speculative Fiction
by Lachlan Walter

Not Born of Woman—Artificial Wombs in the Vorkosigan Saga
by Renée Turner

More Fiction

Auspicium Melioris Aevi by JY Yang

Rising Star by Stephen Graham Jones

With Cardamom I’ll Bind Their Lips by Beth Cato

The Red Secretary by Kameron Hurley
(available Apr 04, 2017)

An Abundance of Fish by S. Qiouyi Lu
(available Apr 04, 2017)

And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker
(available Apr 04, 2017)

Poetry

time, and time again by Brandon O’Brien

Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization by Cassandra Khaw

The Size of a Barleycorn, Encased in Lead by Bogi Takács
(available Apr 04, 2017)

The Axolotl Inquest by Lisa M. Bradley
(available Apr 04, 2017)

Editorials

The Uncanny Valley by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
Essays

Act Up, Rise Up by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Resistance 101: Basics of Community Organizing for SF/F Creators & Consumers, Volume One: Protest Tips and Tricks by Sam J. Miller

Thank You, Patreon Supporters! by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

Fandom in the Classroom by Paul Booth
(available Apr 04, 2017)

A Work of Art Is a Refuge and Resistance by Dawn Xiana Moon
(available Apr 04, 2017)

#beautifulresistance by Shveta Thakrar
(available Apr 04, 2017)

Interviews

Interview: Stephen Graham Jones by Julia Rios

Interview: Sarah Pinsker by Julia Rios
(available Apr 04, 2017)

The Editor’s Word

FICTION
BRAGGING RITES
by Samantha Murray

THE TRAGEDY OF THE DEAD IS THAT THEY CANNOT CRY
by Sunil Patel

THE LOYAL ORDER OF BEASTS
by Kay Kenyon

YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE THE PAST
by George Nikolopoulos

IT TAKES A SPECIAL-SPECIAL PERSON
by Andrea G. Stewart

LOCKED ROOM
by Kevin J. Anderson

GOLF TO THE DEATH
by Alex Shvartsman

MY MONSTER CAN BEAT UP YOUR MONSTER
by Brennan Harvey

THE OBSERVER
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

YOUR GRIEF IS IMPORTANT TO US
by Yaroslav Barsukov

DO NOT CALL ME BENTO
by Tina Gower

IN THE GROUP
by Robert Silverberg

INTERVIEW
Mike Resnick
by Joy Ward

SERIALIZATION
Double Star (Part 2)
Heinlein’s First Hugo Winner
by Robert A. Heinlein

COLUMNS
From the Heart’s Basement
by Barry N. Malzberg

Science Column
by Gregory Benford

Recommended Books
by Bill Fawcett & Jody Lynn Nye

The Shark God’s Child
Jonathan Edelstein
Nightshade
J.W. Halicks
Audio Fiction Podcast:
Nightshade
J.W. Halicks
Forever magazine
Forever has reprints by Ian McDonald, T.R. Napper, and Ken Liu.
Fiction:
The Influence Machine by Sean McMullen
illustrated by Richard WagnerA Death in the Wayward Drift by Tim Akers
illustrated by Richard WagnerStill Life With Falling Man by Richard E. Gropp
illustrated by Richard WagnerA Strange Kind of Beauty by Christien Gholson
illustrated by Martin HanfordThe Common Sea by Steve Rasnic Tem

Guest Editorial by Steve Rasnic Tem

Future Interrupted: #Resistance
Jonathan McCalmont

Time Pieces: The Voyage Home
Nina Allan

Ansible Link
David Langford

Reviews:
Book Zone
Peter Tennant, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Jonathan McCalmont, Stephen Theaker, Elaine Gallagher, Duncan Lunan, Jack Deighton, John Howard, Lawrence Osborn

Mutant Popcorn
Nick Lowe

 

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