This month, we have original science fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley (“The Traditional”) and M. Bennardo (“Water Finds Its Level”), along with SF reprints by Maureen F. McHugh (“Interview: On Any Given Day”) and Sean Williams (“The Missing Metatarsals”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Damien Walters Grintalis (“Always, They Whisper”) and Dennis Danvers (“Leaving the Dead”), and fantasy reprints by Holly Black (“The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue”) and Richard Parks (“The Man Who Carved Skulls”). For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “The Garden” by Eleanor Arnason, and of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with Gregory Maguire and Karen Russell.
In this issue, we have original science fiction by Desirina Boskovich (“Deus Ex Arca”) and acclaimed indie bestseller Hugh Howey (“Deep Blood Kettle”), along with SF reprints by Kathleen Ann Goonan (“A Love Supreme”) and the legendary Robert Silverberg (“Schwartz Between the Galaxies”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Anaea Lay (“The Visited”) and Swedish sensation Karin Tidbeck (“A Fine Show on the Abyssal Plain”), and fantasy reprints by Bruce Sterling (“Dinner in Audoghast”) and Christopher Barzak (“Smoke City”). We also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Jane Yolen and Brandon Sanderson. And for our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “Bellony” by Nina Allan, and our featured novel excerpt is The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata. Cover by Armand Baltazar.
Novella: “Things Undone” by John Barnes
Novel Excerpt: The Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: Matt Tkocz, Interview: Angélica Gorodischer, Interview: Philip Pullman.
Science Fiction: Jake Kerr (“Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince”), Rich Larson (“Let’s Take This Viral”), Holly Phillips (“Three Days of Rain”), Angélica Gorodischer (“The Sense of the Circle”).
Fantasy: Sarena Ulibarri (“The Bolt Tightener”), Lisa Tuttle (“The Dream Detective”), Felicity Savage (“Ash Minette”), Karen Joy Fowler (“Lily Red”).
Novella: “The Happiest Dead Boy in the World” by Tad Williams
Novel Excerpt: The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: Yannick De Smet, Interview: Lois McMaster Bujold, Interview: Steven Erikson.
Science Fiction: C.C. Finlay (“The Infill Trait”), Carrie Vaughn (“Harry and Marlowe Escape the Mechanical Siege of Paris”), Robert Reed (“Eight Episodes”), Maureen F. McHugh (“Interview: On Any Given Day”)
Fantasy: Genevieve Valentine (“Abyssus Abyssum Invocat”), M. Bennardo (“The Herons of Mer de l’Ouest”), Marly Youmans (“Prologomenon to the Adventures of Chílde Phoenix”), John Crowley (“Exogamy”).
Novella: “The Fear Gun” by Judith Berman
Novel Excerpt: Impulse by Steven Gould
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: Alexandra Knickel, Interview: Cory Doctorow, Interview: Lemony Snicket.
Science Fiction: Matthew Kressel (“The Sounds of Old Earth”), Jonathan Olfert (“Lifeline”), Cherie Priest (“Addison Howell and the Clockroach”), Theodora Goss (“Child Empress of Mars”).
Fantasy: A.C. Wise (“With Tales in Their Teeth, From the Mountain They Came”), Kristine Kathryn Rusch (“Purity Test”), Daniel Abraham (“The Cambist and Lord Iron”), Jeffrey Ford (“Daltharee”).
Novella: “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Novel Excerpt: Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: Luis Lasahido, Interview: Junot Diaz, Interview: Alastair Reynolds.
Science Fiction: D. Thomas Minton (“Dreams in Dust”), Ken Liu (“The Perfect Match”), Yoon Ha Lee (“Swanwatch”), Marta Randall (“Lazaro y Antonio”).
Fantasy: J.T. Petty (“Family Teeth, Part 5: American Jackal”), Sarah Langan (“Family Teeth, Part 6: St. Polycarp’s Home for Happy Wanderers”), Brian Evenson (“An Accounting”), Kelly Link (“Catskin”).
Novella: “West” by Orson Scott Card
Novel Excerpt: The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: Erik Schumacher, Interview: Alastair Reynolds, Interview: Terry Brooks.
Science Fiction: Sandra McDonald (“Searching for Slave Leia”), Tom Crosshill (“A Well-Adjusted Man”), Eleanor Arnason (“Ace 167”), Tobias S. Buckell (“A Game of Rats and Dragon”).
Fantasy: Jeremiah Tolbert (“La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza”), Richard Bowes (“Seven Smiles and Seven Frowns”), Aliette de Bodard (“As the Wheel Turns”), Carrie Vaughn (“A Princess of Spain”).
Novella: “Dragonfly” by Ursula K. Le Guin
Novel Excerpt: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: R.J. Palmer, Interview: David Brin, Interview: Ursula K. Le Guin.
Science Fiction: “Flowing Unimpeded to the Enlightenment”—Robert Reed, “Nearly Departed”—Pat Cadigan, “Art of War”—Nancy Kress (SF), “Bear and Shifty”—Benjamin Parzybok.
Fantasy: “The Black Bird”—David Barr Kirtley, “Spindles”—L.B. Gale, “Beyond the Reach of His Gods”—Brian Ruckley, “The Suicide’s Guide to the Absinthe of Perdition”—Megan Arkenberg.
Novella: Walter Jon Williams (“The Green Leopard Plague”)
Novel Excerpt: Greg Egan (The Eternal Flame)
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: Frank Hong, Artist Showcase: Galen Dara, Interview: John Scalzi
Science Fiction: Adam-Troy Castro (“My Wife Hates Time Travel”), Brooke Bolander (“Sun Dogs”), Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette (“Boojum”), and Harry Harrison (“The Streets of Ashkelon”).
Fantasy: Nina Kiriki Hoffman (“Monsters, Finders, Shifters”), Peter Sursi (“The Seven Samovars”), Scott Edelman (“The Last Supper”), and Holly Black (“Heartless”).
Novella: Joe Haldeman (“A Separate War”)
Novel Excerpts: Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Steals the Show)
Nonfiction: Artist Showcase: Hrvoje Bešlić, Interview: Kim Stanley Robinson, Interview: Seanan McGuire (a/k/a Mira Grant)
Fantasy: Kat Howard (“Breaking the Frame”), Linda Nagata (“A Moment Before It Struck”), Wil McCarthy (“The Necromancer in Love”), Delia Sherman (“Cotillion”)
Science Fiction: Ken Liu (“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”), Caroline M. Yoachim & Tina Connolly (“Flash Bang Remember”), Charlie Jane Anders (“Love Might Be Too Strong a Word”), Michael Swanwick (“Slow Life”)