Beneath Ceaseless Skies #21, just released on July 16th, has a novelette by Sunburst Award-winning author Holly Phillips. BCS #22 on July 30 will have a new story by Campbell Award finalist Aliette de Bodard, and subsequent issues will have new stories from past BCS authors Michael J. DeLuca and Erin Cashier.
Interzone has recently published its 223rd issue, making it the longest-running British science fiction magazine (if counted by issues). The previous record-holder was New Worlds, which ran to 222 issues.
Source: Fictionmags mailing list.
Sad news reported in Locus Magazine this morning:
Locus publisher, editor, and co-founder Charles N. Brown, 72, died peacefully in his sleep July 12, 2009 on his way home from Readercon.
From the Brain Harvest website:
As writers, we’re warned constantly against resorting to tried-and-true tropes, usually for very good reason. In fact, our colleagues at Strange Horizons have assembled a very smart list of contrived plots seen too many times (http://strangehorizons.com/guidelines/fiction-common.shtml).
But here at Brain Harvest, we’d actually like to see if you can untrope the tropes, and create something interesting, solid, and, well, bad ass from these overly familiar clichés. In fact, we’re willing to stake the first annual Brain Harvest Mega Challenge on the fact that one of you out there can… in 750 words or less.
Your entries will be read by the Brain Harvest editors, and the winners chosen by our celebrity guest judge, the amazing, award-winning writer and editor, Jeff VanderMeer.
The winning entry will receive $100, publication in Brain Harvest, a hand-knitted mustache, 1 Fresh Eyes crit (up to 10,000 words) to be used on the piece of their choice, and the accolades of their peers, friends, and family.
The second place winner will receive $25, publication in Brain Harvest, and a hand-knitted mustache.
The July 2009 issue is Apex’s first since their brief hiatus. It includes:
- “She Called Me Sweetie” by Glenn Lewis Gillette
- “…That Has Such People in It” by Jennifer Pelland
- “The Frozen Sky” by Jeff Carlson
- “Foiled” by Alethea Kontis
- BEAUTY AND DYNAMITE: “Here Lies an Era” by Alethea Kontis
- Interview with Nate Kenyon
- Interview with J.M. McDermott
- Editorial: I Just Can’t Help Myself by Jason Sizemore
Issue #20 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies is now available:
The rest of the birthing was hard work, but painless. Dziko and Terra sprinkled water over the clay to soften it and kneaded the flesh together until there was no way to separate his riverbed brown from her sunset orange. Then they divided the babyflesh into two equal pieces, soon to be their children.
I like to carve. I like to sculpt. But the ironwood trees in the forest shatter even the finest blades. Father says that the war has changed them, that the magic of the battlemages has infected the land, and I have no cause to doubt him—he has been my educator and my window on the world. Bone is easier to shape.
The July issue of Ansible (their 264th issue) is now available online.
The July issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available:
Dirty Hands and Invisible Words: Speculative Fiction Book Editors Speak Out, Part 1 of 2 interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Doing Crappy Things to Good Characters: A Conversation with Jim C. Hines by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Helping Hands: Fairylands, Boneshops and More by Neil Clarke
Sea Monster by Jasper Ng
According to Jason Sizemore on the Apex blog:
“We’re pulling Apex Magazine out of hiatus and plan on releasing a new issue on the first Monday of July (July 6th).
Why now? And why the magazine?
As I’ve said before, I’m stubborn. That’s playing a role in this decision. But I also try to be sensible when it comes to expensive business decisions. This time, I have a better plan in terms of financing the magazine…”
Read their plan, here. Welcome back Apex. Best of luck!