New story: Peerless

I have a new story up at Strange Horizons, called “Peerless.”

This is a good time to say that Strange Horizons is a really excellent speculative fiction magazine–and not just because they said yes instead of no, and were super-attentive with edits and made my story better–although shouting out Jed here for exactly that.

Apart from having made my day a whole lot better, they also publish work by top-notch, accomplished writers…as well as by the little folk, like me.  For instance, this issue reprints a story by Carol Emshwiller, with an intro by Gavin J. Grant.  And if you leaf through their archive, you get stories by Joan Aiken, Cat Rambo, Theodore Sturgeon, N.K. Jemisin, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, M.K. Hobson, Donald Barthelme, Leslie What, Jay Lake, Cory Doctorow, Jo Walton…et cetera.*

That’s just the fiction–they publish poetry, reviews, and criticism too.  And it’s all free to read.  I have no idea how they do it, but I’m so delighted to have my little story nestled down in that feathery bed with all those greats.  Did I mention Ben Parzybok, author of the delightful Couch, has a story in there too?  I guess I just did.

In conclusion, and you can quote me:  I HARTH STRANGE HORIZONS.

shoeshineImage courtesy The Library of Congress


*  Given how the publishing industry has been showing its butt lately, I think it’s also worth noting that Strange Horizons is (and has been for a long time, looks like) a steady publisher and reviewer of work by women.  In response to the VIDA count, they posted their figures here.


6 responses to “New story: Peerless

  1. Just read “Peerless,” and absolutely loved it. I was just skimming Strange Horizons– not intending to read anything, just intending to see what they’d posted recently–and the voice of your story grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. It was so vivid and beautiful, that it’s made my morning that much brighter. I’ll be glancing upward today just a bit more, and dreaming just a bit larger. Thanks for writing such a wonderful story!

    • Hi Jared–thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad you liked the story and that it might make your day a little brighter. That’s the highest possible praise!

  2. Thank you for the unexpected beauty of that story.

  3. Hey great piece Karen. Really loved the ‘cackling comet stream’

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