Strange Horizons II

April 3, 2010

I’ve completed the first step of my strange horizons project. That means I’ve entered ALL Strange Horizons stories into TagShadow. I haven’t read them all yet, but I used the search categories on Strange Horizons to mark which ones were science fiction, fantasy, super heroes, etc. I entered authors and illustrators and marked which stories have a creative commons license. I used my new favorite addon to mark the stories as flash fiction (< 1,000 words), short story or novelette (7,500+ words). And I entered the year each story was published.

While entering all the data, sundry things came to my attention. I noticed that there are no stories flagged as science fiction after 2007. Plenty were flagged both science fiction and fantasy. There was one book excerpt (Lion’s Blood) . A lot of the two part stories still ran under novelette length. I was already familiar with 2 of the monthly flash fiction series Tales of the Zodiac by Jenn Reese and Other Cities and was delighted to discover a third Green Grow the Rushes, Oh by Jay Lake.

Head over to TagShadow and check out the newly updated Strange Horizons Tagshadow. You may or may not notice, but I made two pretty substantial technical improvements that should increase the performance of all TagShadows. I’ll write a more detailed post on that later as I have a few more technical updates in the pipeline.