Monday, November 22, 2010

New and Noteworthy (The Portal, Strange Horizons)

Today's edition covers recent developments in two publications covering the science fiction field.

• The new short fiction review, The Portal, under editor-in-chief Val Grimm, is online now, and has recently published its first reviews and articles. The Portal differs from other reviews of speculative short fiction in its more global orientation, specifically its "providing English-language coverage of short fiction markets, anthologies, and genre literary activities in many language communities." As the masthead shows, the publication is organized to this end, with bureau heads in over a dozen countries across four continents (Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Francophone Canada, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates), along with its list of Anglophone reviewers, and its initial slate of items includes discussions of the sf scene in France and Bolivia, as well as reviews of the October 2010 issue of the Russian magazine Polden XXI Vek, and the Summer 2010 issue of the French Canadian magazine Solaris. (A link to the site can now be found in the pages devoted to "News, Reviews and Comment," just part of a bigger expansion and update of the links pages currently ongoing.)

• The web site Strange Horizons, which marked its tenth anniversary earlier this year, has just seen a change of management. Susan Marie Groppi is stepping down as editor in chief, with Niall Harrison (editor of the British journal Vector and the blog Torque Control, and formerly reviews editor at SH) taking her place. In turn, Abigail Nussbaum (perhaps best known for her blog Asking the Wrong Questions) is taking over the position of reviews editor. Once again, congratulations to both Mr. Harrison and Ms. Nussbaum on their new positions.


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