The Portal is a free, volunteer-run, online review of short-form science fiction, fantasy, and horror from around the world. We review work in English and also provide English-language coverage of short fiction markets, anthologies, and genre literary activities in many language communities. Launched at the World Fantasy Convention this weekend, The Portal's first issue offers reviews... Continue Reading →
The Portal Archive: Shimmer, Issue 12
What kind of magazine is Shimmer? What kind of stories do Beth Wodzinski and her staff choose for inclusion, do they hold true to their criteria, and in the end do all of the components mix and match and meld into a compelling collection of modern fantasy fiction? “Seek Him i'th’ Other Place Yourself” by... Continue Reading →
The Portal Archive: Sybil’s Garage, no. 7
Sybil’s Garage no. 7 marks its growth with a new format in its print version and a movement from ISSN to ISBN. No. 7 contains eighteen stories of various lengths (along with poetry and a long essay on Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), ranging from science fiction to fantasy, to magic realism, to fable, and in... Continue Reading →
The Portal Archive: Bolivia: A sci-fi country
Bolivia is not a country of science. Obviously there are universities and patents, research and technological advances, but this happens largely through foreign aid, or in minimum percentages compared with other countries. The reason for that is due to lack of investment in R&D departments of major industries and university departments. This does not prevent... Continue Reading →
Gwacheon International SF Film Festival
In a recent blog entry by Gord Sellar, he mentions Korea's Gwacheon International SF Film Festival which started yesterday and will end on November 7, 2010. If you happen to be in the area, of just curious as to the films that are included, do check out the website.
The Portal Archive: France – a land of literature, and imaginary fiction?
If someone had to describe France, what features would they first choose ? The French « gastronomie » is quite famous – our cheese and wine are considered leaders of the field by many. Then the monuments, of course – our Eiffel Tower, and more or less Paris as a whole might pop into the mind. But... Continue Reading →
Ignotus Awards 2010
Over at Sue Burke's blog, she posted the results of the Ignotus Awards. In her own words: "The Ignotus Award is Spain's equivalent to the Hugo, awarded at the annual convention, called Hispacon, sponsored by the Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror. The 2010 awards were presented October 11 during Hispacon XXVIII, held... Continue Reading →
The Portal Archive: Polden, XXI Vek; October 2010
Polden, XXI Vek (Noon, XXI Century) is a Russian science fiction magazine, founded in 2002 by Boris Strugatsky. The Strugatsky Brothers, Arkady (1925-1991) and Boris (b. 1933) have dominated the Russian science fiction for decades. The magazine’s title is clearly derived from their novel Noon, XXII Century. In May 2007, the magazine became a 176-page... Continue Reading →
The Portal Archive: Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2010
“Dead Man’s Run,” the longest and by far the strongest of the stories in this issue, immerses the reader in the world of amateur competitive running, making a neat metaphor for the pursuit that frames the story. In Robert Reed’s novella, runner Lucas and the rest of his “pack” chase the man that they believe... Continue Reading →
Aliette de Bodard’s Servant of the Underworld released in the US!
With all the excitement yesterday, we didn't even realise it was Aliette de Bodard's US release day! Aliette's first novel, Servant of the Underworld, published by Angry Robot Books, is now available across the United States. Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan – the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only... Continue Reading →