Strange Horizons brings the Strange; Peter Ball redefines the Zucchini

My four favourite Strange Horizons stories so far this year:

“Source Decay,” Charlie Jane Anders, January – a fun, bizarro future history about pop culture, history and how a myth is built over thousands of years. It’s a silly story on the surface, but the mechanics behind it are sound and thought-provoking.

“Pataki,” Nisi Shawl, April – a gorgeous piece of everyday fantasy, with a vivid main character and some very subtle forms of magic.

“Peerless,” Karen Munro – one of those stories about which I can think of little to say beyond “lovely, strange.” I enjoyed every moment.

“The All-Night Truck Stop Polka Band,” Shaenon K Garrity, June – a fun, slapstick story of a former teenage roadie confronted with superpowers, alien invasions, and the ghosts of her seedy past. Cleverly written, fast-paced and great characters – imagine if Gwyneth Jones’ Bold as Love was actually a sitcom!

And one gem from Daily SF:

“Say Zucchini and Mean It,” Peter M Ball – a cool, thoughtful reboot of the zombie apocalypse story trope, but with a different kind of epidemic. The length could make this a slight piece, but the prose is sharp and the structure interesting. Still thinking about it, weeks after I read it!

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One Response to Strange Horizons brings the Strange; Peter Ball redefines the Zucchini

  1. Karen says:

    Hi there! Thanks so much for the kind words about Peerless. I’m glad you found and liked it. Thanks too for the other pointers–I’m looking forward to following up on them.

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