Strange Horizons

Tagged: Publication

US Online Magazine launched in September 2000, and published weekly ever since. Originally devised and edited by a team headed by Mary Anne Mohanraj (the first editor-in-chief) and Jed Hartman. Since then there has been a succession of editorial changes. Mohanraj stepped down at the end of 2003 to be replaced as editor-in-chief by Susan Marie Groppi with associate editors Karen Meisner and Brian Peters. Niall Harrison succeeded as editor-in-chief in 2010. Jed Hartman stepped down in July 2012 and Brit Mondelo became senior fiction editor. The current editors-in-chief are Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde.

When it began, along with Sci Fiction and soon after The Infinite Matrix, it was one of three magazines that established the internet as a vehicle for a regular science fiction magazine. Because of its shrewd revenue streaming it is the only one of the three still operating. The magazine continues to be run on a donor-funded nonprofit basis, with an all-volunteer staff.

Each weekly issue includes short fiction, an article or column, poetry, art and reviews, though the magazine has also been known to feature cartoons and comics. It is an eclectic mix and the quality has been varied, but the magazine has steadily attracted an impressive roster of contributors, including fiction by Elizabeth Bear, Eliot Fintushel, Theodora Goss, Ellen Klages, Lavie Tidhar, Tim Pratt and Liz Williams, and nonfiction by John Clute, L Timmel Duchamp, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint among others. Following the demise of Ellen Datlow's Sci Fiction, Strange Horizons is probably the most successful of the online magazines, certainly in terms of quality and originality, and has only recently been challenged by Clarkesworld and Lightspeed. Stories and poetry that first appeared in Strange Horizons are regularly selected by Best of the Year anthologies and appear on awards shortlists. The magazine has a broad definition of Speculative Fiction and it has run some unusual stories that have attracted wide attention, such as "Two Dreams on Trains" (3 January 2005) by Elizabeth Bear and "The House Beyond Your Sky" (4 September 2006) by Benjamin Rosenbaum.

Stories from Strange Horizons won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2013 and 2014: Molly Gloss's "The Grinnell Method" (3-10 September 2012) and Sarah Pinsker's "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss" (1-8 July 2013). The magazine itself won the World Fantasy Award in the non-professional category in 2010, though the magazine pays professional rates under SFWA requirements. A selection of the most representative material from the magazine's first year is Strange Horizons: Best of Year One (anth 2003) edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj.

Samovar, a sister online magazine devoted to translated fiction, was launched in March 2017. [MA/PKi]


Previous versions of this entry

Website design and build: STEEL

Site ©2011 Gollancz, SFE content ©2011 SFE Ltd.