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IROSF reviews Shimmer’s autumn issue

Autumn 06 coverInternet Review of Science Fiction reviewed our autumn issue of Shimmer. Many thanks to all of our authors and artists and hearty congratulations to Silvia Moreno-Garcia, whose story “King of Sand and Stormy Seas” got a recommendation from Lois Tilton.

A man’s life comes full circle as he returns to his origins. When he was only a fisher boy, the sea had given him a gift.

The blade was blue with fine letters spelling conjures of protection. Once Lysander had taken the sword to a magician. He told Lysander the writing on the sword predicted that the man who wielded the weapon would become a hero. The magician, it turned out, had been a charlatan.

A nice depiction of the contrast between dreams and reality, and the pain of disillusionment.



I’d seen this floating around, but it hadn’t tempted me because Ken Scholes had already given my super-hero name in his story “Action Team-Ups Number Thirty Seven.” (Which you can listen to here.) But then a friend sent this quiz to me, and what’s a girl to do? I’m just hoping it’s not truly some trap by my arch-nemesis.

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
Iron Man
The Flash
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

My biggest question is… When did Catwoman become a superhero?

Anyway, this is probably more to the point anyway. What supervillain am I?

Your results:
You are Mystique

Poison Ivy
Dr. Doom
The Joker
Mr. Freeze
Lex Luthor
Dark Phoenix
Green Goblin
Sometimes motherly, sometimes a beautiful companion, but most of the time a deceiving vixen.

Click here to take the “Which Super Villain am I?” quiz…

Subscription bonus

Holiday 2006 coverIt’s not too late to get a subscription to Shimmer so you can have a copy of Jay Lake’s limited edition, signed chapbook. We’ve only printed sixty-six of these. You know you want to hold that glossy color cover and turn the lovely archival quality recycled paper interior pages. Think about settling into a chair by the fire and admiring the original interior illustration by Chrissy Ellsworth.

You know you want it. All you have to do is subscribe to Shimmer by the end of the year. The offer is good for electronic and hard copy subscriptions. That’s right. This could be yours, plus four issues of quality fiction for as little as twelve dollars. For seventeen, you could be holding the glossy cover of Shimmer as each new issue comes out.

Go on. Resolve to read more small press in 2007. Subscribe now.

John Picacio and Shimmer

I’m very, very pleased to announce that Shimmer’s spring cover will be graced by the art of World-Fantasy award-winning artist, John Picacio. For the spring issue, we’ll be taking a look at the role that art plays in fiction. For this issue, the cover art comes first and the story follows. We’ve teamed with Liberty Hall Writers to host a contest where we provide the cover image as a trigger to the writers.

We have other surprises for the spring issue as well, but I’ll wait to mention them. The contest starts on the December 22nd. To play, you must be a member of Liberty Hall by the time the contest begins.

Christmas Subscription Special

Holiday 2006 coverHey there. Shimmer has a limited-time special offer for the holidays. Anyone who buys a subscription to Shimmer between now and the end of the year, gets a signed copy of our holiday chapbook. This year’s holiday story is Christmas Season by Jay Lake.

A subscription is only $17. Already have one? Send Shimmer to a friend for the holidays; we won’t tell them that you kept the chapbook for yourself.

Private Mars Rocket

Chris Gerrib has given the Autumn issue of Shimmer a very nice review on his website, Private Mars Rocket

The first thing you notice about Shimmer Magazine is the impressive physical package. No flimsy magazine in recycled newsprint, Shimmer is perfect-bound with low-acid paper and a sturdy paperback cover. Each article or story has its own illustration to boot.

Well… not quite all of them have their own illustrations, but most do.

The Pirate Issue: Submissions are open!

Pirates! The word evokes the high seas, deep space and bootleg software. Be honest, who hasn’t wanted to be a pirate? Think of plunder, booty — Avast!

The MS Shimmer has been captured by the Dred Pirate John Joseph Adams, first-mate of the Fantasy & Science Fiction. For the Summer 2007 issue, our pages will be filled with pirate stories. What better way to celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day?

What kind of pirates? All kinds — fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, historical, futuristic, high seas, deep space — if it’s got pirates and it’s speculative fiction, Captain Adams wants it. The usual Shimmer guidelines apply, but with pirates.

Brin’ us yer pirate stories fer Summer 2007, th’ Pirate Issue.

Submission porthole: December 1, 2006-January 31, 2007.

Send submissions to with “Pirate Submission: Title” in the subject line.

SFRevu Column

Autumn 06 coverOh happy day! SFRevu Column gave us “Very Goods” on all the stories in the Autumn 2006 issue of Shimmer. Here is the last line of the review:

Shimmer is one of the best small press magazines out there and you should all be subscribing to it!

Shimmer Summer, 2006 review

Pam McNew just gave us a very lovely review on her website, My Love for You Is A Ruby, A Emerald, A Diamond In a Box

Shimmer, Summer 2006. This was my first reading of Shimmer, a small zine of beauty. Shiny front and back cover with beautiful, and I want to say photoworkshopped, art. So beautiful that I felt badly toting it around and about and marring it a bit from my crude habits and behavior. Nine pieces of fictions, very short pieces, smaller than flash in a couple of instances. Speculative or fantastical, of course. I’m thinking the publication tends a bit more towards literal writing than most zines, although there is a garden gnome story (not what you’d think) and an alien story (not what you’d think, but, yes, an Earth with aliens and local politics.) I should also note that there is an interview within the issue: Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta.

She goes on to say other nice things, which you should go read it.

Survived Orycon

More than survived, really. I had a great time, although I was a little stressed juggling some transit issues. Rob and I had made the decision before going to Iceland, that we would sell the car and try being carless when we came back. What this weekend has taught me is that carless is fine when I’m solo, but when I have a guest it sucks. Even with Flexcar and buses, everything got very complicated. I think it might have been fine, had we not wanted to throw a Shimmer party, which meant getting groceries down to the convention. It might also have been fine, if we had wanted to leave right after the panels ended. As it was, the first night the buses had stopped running before we were ready to leave.

But even with that, I had a great time. Most of the panels were interesting and I think I only witnessed one that was a dud. My workshop on reading aloud went well, I think. My reading on the other hand, while I think it was appreciated, did not make me happy. I didn’t have time to do my homework on the story this week and my printer ran out of ink on Saturday, which meant that I couldn’t print the story out until I got to the hotel on Sunday. It was mind numbingly stupid of me and meant I couldn’t mark the page up the way I like to. But, my audience of six didn’t seem to mind. I think they even forgave me when I realized that I had randomly inserted the word “not” into a sentence. Why does one do things like that? Anyway, I just reread the line and kept going.

I saw, but did not get to hang out enough with Jay Lake, Patrick and Honna Swenson, Ken Scholes, Jen West, Ellen Datlow, Josh English, Alma Alexander, Richard A. Lovett, Dave Slusher, Stephen Stanley, Dave Goldman, Kirsten Lincoln, Mischa and, and…you may recall that I suck with names. I am certain that I’m forgetting people.


Good day. Many panels. Shimmer party. Tired.

Orycon Schedule reminder

Here’s my schedule for Orycon. Come see me!

Fri Nov 17
2:00:pm Constructive Critiquing
4:00:pm Other Worlds or the Same Ol’, Same Ol’?

Sat Nov 18
10:00:am We Don’t Need Another Hero
11:00:am Remember to Breathe- The Secrets Behind Great Public Readings (Workshop on reading aloud)
1:00:pm Turkey Readings
4:00:pm Juggling Jobs: Survival Tips for the Beginning Writer
7:00 pm Shimmer Magazine Party

Sun Nov 19
12:00:pm The Great Writers Blog
1:30:pm Reading: Mary Robinette Kowal – Salt of the Earth
2:00:pm Love, Romance, Dark Passion and Crossing the Genre Lines
3:00:pm How to Write About Something You Know Nothing About

Shimmer: Autumn 2006 issue is out!

Autumn 06 coverShimmer
The Autumn 2006 issue of Shimmer: Available November 11.

Welcome to our second year!

The Autumn 2006 issue features our interview with Campbell-award winner John Scalzi. We’ve got new fiction from Shimmer veterans Angela Slatter and Aliette de Bodard, as well as stories from Monica Eiland, John Parke Davis, Bryan Lindsey, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Kathy Watts, and Nir Yaniv.

Get your copy of the Autumn 2006 Shimmer.