Strange Horizons

Strange Horizons is an online speculative fiction magazine. It also features speculative poetry in every issue.

Strange Horizons
Editors-in-chiefJane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde
Former editorsNiall Harrison
Susan Marie Groppi
Mary Anne Mohanraj
CategoriesSpeculative fiction
FounderMary Anne Mohanraj
First issueSeptember 2000
OCLC number56474213

History and profile

It was launched in September 2000, and publishes new material (usually some combination of fiction, articles, reviews, columns, poetry, and/or art) 51 weeks of the year. The magazine was founded by writer and editor Mary Anne Mohanraj.[1] It has a staff of approximately fifty volunteers, and is unusual among professional speculative fiction magazines in being funded entirely by donations, holding annual fund drives.


Susan Marie Groppi won the World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional in 2010 for her work as Editor-in-Chief on Strange Horizons.[2] The magazine itself was a finalist for the Best Website Hugo Award in 2002[3] and 2005,[4] and for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine every year from 2013 through 2018.

The short story "The House Beyond Your Sky" by Benjamin Rosenbaum, published in 2006[5] in the magazine, was nominated for a 2007 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.[6] "Selkie Stories Are For Losers" by Sofia Samatar was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 2014. Other stories in Strange Horizons have been nominated for the Nebula and other awards.[7] Three stories published in Strange Horizons have won the Theodore Sturgeon Award.


See also


  1. ^ Walter, Damien (June 13, 2014). "A digital renaissance for the science fiction short story". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Locus Publications (2010-10-31). "Locus Online News » World Fantasy Awards Winners". Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  3. ^ "2002 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2002-09-02. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  4. ^ "2005 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  5. ^ Elena, Lara. "Strange Horizons Fiction: The House Beyond Your Sky, by Benjamin Rosenbaum, illustration by Vladimir Vitkovsky". Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  6. ^ "2007 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  7. ^ "Strange Horizons Awards". 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  8. ^ Harrison, Niall (April 3, 2017). "Moving On". Strange Horizons. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Glyer, Mike (3 April 2017). "Strange Horizons Announces New Editors-in-Chief". File 770. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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Claude Lalumière

Claude Lalumière (born 1966) is an author, book reviewer and has edited numerous anthologies. A resident of Montreal, Quebec, he writes the Montreal Gazette's Fantastic Fiction column. He also owned and operated two independent book stores in Montreal. He and Rupert Bottenberg are co-creators ofère's own fiction consists mostly of short stories tending to dark fantasy. In a review of his first collection, Objects of Worship in Strange Horizons, Anil Menon characterised the title story and two others as generating "that wondering disquiet so hard to achieve with other literary genres" and noting that they were already being studied in writing courses.

Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation

"Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation" by K.N. Sirsi and Sandra Botkin is a 1998 science fiction short story by Raphael Carter. It was first published in the anthology Starlight 2.

Deborah Coates

Deborah Coates is an American author. She grew up in western New York, and currently lives in Ames, Iowa. Her stories have been included in Strange Horizons, SCIFICTION, Best American Fantasy 2008, Year's Best Fantasy 6, and Best Paranormal Romance.

Graham Sleight

Graham Sleight (born 1972) is a British writer, editor and critic, specialising in healthcare and science fiction. He is Head of Governance and Contracts at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and editor of the science fiction peer-reviewed literary magazine, Foundation. His criticism has appeared in Strange Horizons, The New York Review Of Science Fiction, and Vector and he writes a column for Locus. He has written introductions for several volumes in the Gollancz Sf Masterworks series. He was a judge of the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2005 and 2006, and is Managing Editor of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE3).

The 2012 Hugo Award for Best Related Work was given to the SFE3. Sleight accepted the award from emcee John Scalzi on behalf of the editors, saying, "We set out to build this really for the whole of the SF community... for any and all who are hungry for information about science fiction."Sleight frequently writes about Doctor Who. He co-edited The Unsilent Library, a book of essays about the Russell T Davies era of the show, and provided commentary on the 2011 BBC DVD release of "The Ark". His book The Doctor's Monsters: Meanings of the Monstrous in Doctor Who was published in 2012 by I.B. Tauris.

Katherine Kurtz

Katherine Irene Kurtz is an American fantasy writer and author of sixteen historical fantasy novels in the Deryni series. She also wrote several occult alternate history novels in her Templar series, and urban fantasy novels in her Adept series.Her 1970 debut novel, Deryni Rising, was one of the first fantasy novels written in a mode closer to historical fiction than to mythology or legend, as was common in the then-popular high fantasy works such as those by J. R. R. Tolkien. Writing in Strange Horizons, Kari Sperring calls Kurtz the "first writer of secondary-world historical fantasy", noting her close attention to the importance of faith in pre-modern Western societies and her portrayal of magic as a formal, ritual practice as opposed to the "picaresque and informal" way magic was depicted in other fantasy of the time.Kurtz's works were popular in the 1970s until the early 1990s, but are no longer widely read.

M. K. Hobson

M. K. Hobson (born January 21, 1969) is an American speculative fiction and fantasy writer. In 2003 she was a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her debut novel The Native Star was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award. She lives in Oregon City, Oregon.

Hobson's short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Sci Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and ChiZine. Her work has also appeared in anthologies such as Polyphony 5 and Polyphony 6 and Medicine Show. Hobson's story "The Hand of the Devil on a String" appeared on the 2008 Best American Fantasy recommended reading list, and her other work has received Honorable Mentions in "Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror" and "Year’s Best Science Fiction."

She is the author of the Veneficas Americana historical fantasy series. The first novel in the series, The Native Star, was published by Bantam Spectra on August 31, 2010. The sequel, The Hidden Goddess, followed on April 26, 2011. The third novel, The Warlock's Curse, begins a new duology and follows characters from a new generation. Hobson has described the style of the first two novels as "Bustlepunk.".She is also a co-host of the fantasy podcast PodCastle, a sister podcast of Escape Pod. In the past, she was co-editor—with author Douglas Lain—of the surrealist/anarchist 'zine Diet Soap.

Marge Simon

Marge Baliff Simon (born 1942) is an American artist and a writer of speculative poetry and fiction. Her poems, short fiction, and illustrations have appeared in hundreds of publications, including Amazing Stories, Nebula Awards 32, Strange Horizons, The Pedestal Magazine, Chizine, Niteblade, Vestal Review, and Daily Science Fiction.

Paul Melko

Paul Melko (born May 22, 1968) is an American science fiction writer whose work has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Live Without a Net.

His first professional story appeared in Realms of Fantasy in 2002. His first novel, Singularity's Ring, appeared from Tor Books in February 2008. He lives near Columbus, Ohio.

Ripples in the Dirac Sea

"Ripples in the Dirac Sea" is a science fiction short story by Geoffrey Landis. It was first published in Asimov's Science Fiction in October 1988.

Rose Lemberg

Rose Lemberg (born 27 September 1976) is a bigender, queer author, poet, and editor of speculative fiction. Their work has appeared in publications such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Uncanny Magazine.

Sam Hall (story)

"Sam Hall" is a 1953 science fiction novelette by Poul Anderson. It was first published in Astounding Science Fiction, in August 1953.

Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker is a science fiction and fantasy short fiction author whose stories have appeared in publications such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lightspeed, along with multiple "year's best" collections. A four-time finalist for the Nebula Award, Pinsker won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novelette. Her fiction has also won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and been on the shortlist for the Tiptree Award.

Sonya Taaffe

Sonya Taaffe is a Massachusetts-based author of short fiction and poetry. She grew up in Arlington and Lexington, MA and graduated from Brandeis University in 2003 where she received a BA and MA in Classical Studies. She also received an MA in Classical Studies from Yale University in 2008.

Taaffe was first published in 2001, with "Shade and Shadow" in Not One of Us, "Turn of the Century, Jack-in-the-Green" in Mythic Delirium, and "Constellations, Conjunctions" in Maelstrom Speculative Fiction.Taaffe often writes for the small press magazine Not One of Us, for whose website she is the contributing editor. She served as a co-editor in the Poetry Department of Strange Horizons magazine alongside A.J. Odasso and Romie Stott until 2016.

Taaffe proposed the name Vanth for the moon of dwarf planet Orcus to its discoverer Mike Brown, which was approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

The House Beyond Your Sky

The House Beyond Your Sky is a science fiction short story written in 2006 by Benjamin Rosenbaum.

The story is about Matthias, a priest of an extremely ancient and highly advanced race of beings, who inhabit a cold and dying universe. Matthias maintains a library of virtual universes, including the one inhabited by humans. However, he has also begun to construct a new, real universe, attracting the attention of one of the most powerful members of his race. So, as he watches a sorrowful little girl with an abusive father in one of his virtual worlds, Matthias prepares for the arrival of this pilgrim, who has an interesting proposal.

The House Beyond Your Sky was nominated for the 2007 Hugo award for Best Short Story.

Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss (born September 30, 1968) is a Hungarian American fiction writer and poet. Her writing has been nominated for major awards, including the Nebula, Locus, Mythopoeic, World Fantasy, and Seiun Awards. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Year's Best volumes.

Usman T. Malik

Usman T. Malik is an award-winning speculative fiction author from Pakistan. His short fiction has been published in magazines and books such as The Apex Book of World SF, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, and Black Static and in a number of "year's best" anthologies. He is the first Pakistani to win the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction. He has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award, and has twice been a finalist for the Nebula Award.

Utopia, LOL?

"Utopia, LOL" is a 2017 science fiction short story by Jamie Wahls. It was first published in Strange Horizons.

Will Ludwigsen

Will Ludwigsen is an American writer of horror, mystery, and science fiction. His work has appeared in a number of magazines including Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Weird Tales, and Strange Horizons. He has also published three collections, including the highly praised In Search Of and Others.

Will McIntosh

Will McIntosh (William D. McIntosh) is a Hugo-Award-winning science fiction author. He has published dozens of short stories in magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Interzone. His stories are also frequently reprinted in different "Year's Best" anthologies. McIntosh's first two novels, Soft Apocalypse, and Hitchers were published by Night Shade Books in April 2011 and February 2012, respectively.

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