February Magazines

This post should have gone up on Friday night or Saturday morning, but I was busy hobnobbing with mayors and the like so it has been a bit delayed. Here’s what we have from the February magazines.

Clarkesworld has three science fiction stories. The first, “Gravity” is from Erzebet Yellowboy whose work I know so I’m sure that will be good. As usual, it is available in audio, read by Kate Baker.

The second story, “The Wanderers” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, sounds very interesting. Here’s how it begins:

We came to your planet because we knew that you, the peoples of Kill Bill and Saw and Vietnam and Columbine Massacre would understand us.

Oh dear.

Story three is “Vacant Spaces” by Greg Kurzawa. As usual, the second and third stories will be podcast later in the month.

There is a non-fiction article about SF and social media. Jeremy’s interview subject for the month is the fabulous Karen Lord, and probably by coincidence Daniel Abraham’s Another Word column reflects some of the themes of The Best of All Possible Worlds.

In his editorial the newly cyborged Neil Clarke gives the results of the 2012 readers’ poll. The top three stories are:

  1. “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard
  2. “Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente
  3. “Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson

It would not surprise me to see all three on the Hugo ballot this year.

And finally this month’s cover is “Concrete 9” by Chinese artist, Yang Xueguo.

Issue 77 of Clarkesworld is, of course, available from the bookstore.

Over at Lightspeed, we have a new story by Genevieve Valentine, which is always something to look forward to. There’s an interview with Maureen McHugh, and a reprint story from John Crowley. The ebook exclusive content includes a novella by Tad Williams and an except from Karen Lord’s The Best of All Possible Worlds, which definitely makes it worth buying.

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