Strange Horizons III

April 12, 2010

The second step in my Strange Horizons experiment involved creating a “random story” link on the TagShadow page. You can try this out on the Strange Horizons TagShadow. I’ve also tweaked the interface a bit. Let me know what you think and I’ll start spreading this to the other TagShadows.

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.

Strange Horizons

March 23, 2010

I’ve gotten it into my head that I want to read a representative sample of what’s been published by Strange Horizons. Instead of attempting to read the over 500 stories I decided to read a random sample. I’m going to handle this in 2 steps.

  1. I’m going to enter references to all the Strange Horizons stories into TagShadow. I already have a start on this.
  2. I’m going to add a function to TagShadow that lets the user read a random story referenced on a give TagShadow… and use that function to read 40-50 random Strange Horizons stories.

I shall report on my progress.