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.
    Best,
    Karen

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