Brief descriptions I read about "And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices" by Margaret Ronald and "Things With Beards" by Sam J. Miller convinced me to subscribe right then to a year of Clarkesworld Magazine, and I'm so glad I did.
Many of my favorite writers contributed stories to this anthology after they visited with Microsoft about cutting edge technology and speculation about the future.
The poems and flash fiction in this issue tend to feature ornery characters, leading to lots of humor and dark twists.
Several absolutely fantastic and often chilling flash horror, fairy tale, and science fiction stories.
Promising first issue.
All the praise. There are many aspects about The Fifth Season to praise, but it certainly tapped my interest in fantasy with science fiction trappings, especially a healthy dose of geology.
I remember fondly buying a few editions of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling in the 1990s. I was in my twenties and while many of the stories and their level of craft were opaque to me at the time, I felt I had stumbled onto a magical tradition.
The thrill of Her is that in addition to all the ways we can relate to the characters, there is something alien and uncanny about the proceedings that tickles the imagination.
Most of my favorite works this year were not published in 2013; this just happens to be the year I finally got around to them.
With a host of promising new productions, independent online filmmakers are leaving fan films behind for projects based on original or licensed content.