Strange Horizons is not a magazine in the traditional sense, with monthly or quarterly issues. It’s a website with weekly issues, each containing one short story along with other types of content, such as poetry, articles, and reviews. I selected roughly a month’s worth of issues, from March 20 to April 17 of this year.
Seeds by Margaret Wack. After an unidentified apocalypse, some girls try to sail to Svalbard to get at the seed vault.
Lacuna by Lane Robins. A lecherous priest tries to build himself a girlfriend out of discarded nude-dancer-golem parts.
Love Pressed in Vinyl. Some gay guys, a magic record, and very little plot.
Terra Nullius by Hanus Seiner. Instead of summarizing this story, I’ll post the notes I scribbled as I was reading it. I think that will give you a more authentic experience.
- A SCUBA diver gets swallowed by a fish whose guts are a planetarium.
- Soldiers are scared of something in the treetops.
- Inside a second fish, the diver finds a simulation of a burned-out village.
- I guess the soldiers are trying to sneak inside one of the fish, and maybe some of the above storylines took place six months before.
- The fish are alien invaders conquering earth.
- Fish biology is described. The large fish are females, who act as simulators to train the young. The smaller males come back at adulthood and biologically program a female to simulate whatever they’ve seen and survived.
- Inside another fish, the diver finds a simulation of an office building. Using a computer terminal there, he types a message to the fish to pretty-please quit killing all the humans.
- There’s some stuff that’s less clear than everything above.
- Is one of the soldiers a kidnapped sim-human from inside a fish?
- They’re still trying to talk the fish into playing nice with the humans.
- The end.