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#resist

On its own, a badger may be a small thing, but en masse, badgers can do mighty things.

Simply put, we’re bringing you some quality badger goods, and every quarter, we’ll be donating profits to organizations intent on resistance and democracy for all.

Badger Josh Storey has contributed some amazing artwork for this project, beginning with a badger tribute to Rosie the Riveter. We can do it — with your help! We’ve got stickers, mugs, cards, tees, and MORE.

This quarter, all profits from our shop will benefit
The Southern Poverty Law Center.

THE SHIMMER SHOP: YAY DEMOCRACY!

 

Silver Rainbows

sapphireCongrats to Jennifer, whose comment (and name!) were chosen in our drawing to celebrate A.C. Wise’s collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again. Jennifer, here’s your drink — The Silver Rainbow!

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Silver Rainbow
From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails 

1/4 cup of blueberries

1 kiwi, chopped

1 1/2 pineapple rings, chopped

1/4 cup mango, chopped

1/4 cup raspberries

3 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 tbsp orange juice

1 tbsp pomegranate juice

Edible Gold Dragees

Edible Silver Glaze (such as Sugarflair)

In a blender, combine 1/4 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp yogurt and blend until smooth. Set mixture aside in small bowl and rinse blender. Repeat with this step with the kiwi, then the pineapple.

Next, combine mango with 1 tbsp orange juice, blend and set aside. Repeat this with the raspberries and pomegranate juice. (Note: milk, vanilla yogurt, greek yogurt, or coconut milk can be substituted for plain yogurt in any or all layers.)

Once each separate smoothie layer has been prepared, drizzle Edible Silver Glaze into a tall parfait glass, turning the glass so the silver creates a swirl pattern as it runs down the sides.

Place a small number of Gold Dragee balls at the bottom of the glass. Carefully spoon blueberry mixture on top of the Gold Dragees, followed by kiwi layer, pineapple layer, mango layer, and raspberry layer. This drink is best enjoyed with a Crazy Straw — glittery, if possible!

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This drink is time consuming, but, honey, it’s worth it. Not only is it pretty to look at, it’s even good for you. It’s got all the colors of the rainbow, plus a little silver for flair. Now some people might say rainbows are good enough on their own, but I say, if there’s an opportunity to add a little more shine to a situation, you take it. Like all good rainbows, this one even comes with its own pile of gold at the end.

Hugo Eligible

Shimmer published five issues last year, so here’s what we have for your consideration when it comes to Hugos, Nebulas, and Academ– Er.

Shimmer 19
Shimmer #19

Original Short Stories:

Artists:

  • Sandro Castelli
  • Kurt Huggins
  • Zelda Devon

Editors (short form):

  • E. Catherine Tobler
  • Ann VanderMeer

And indeed, Shimmer Magazine is eligible in the Semiprozine category.

Shimmer 19

Shimmer's New Look!
*glitter* MEOWtastic! *glitter*

As it has always done, Shimmer Magazine strives to conquer new ground in the SFF community.

As Bright and Fierce People of Indeterminate Ages, we are gravely concerned with the continued graying of our glorious genre. Why stand on these increasingly shaky and crumbling foundations when we can soar through bright and/or dark new skies only somewhat possibly potentially muddied by the deepening haze and stench of global warming myths?

We envision a world where kittens and rockets live side by side! We envision a future where fluffy balls of fluff are shot into the darkest depths of space to spread peace, love, and purrs to everyone they meet! As 2014 goes forward, Shimmer Magazine remains staunchly committed to ensuring there will always be rainbows, glitter, and kittens.

Issue #19 – Table of Contents:

Dogs Live in Vain, Catwainer Smith

Fahrenheit OMG Sunbeamzzzzz, Rae Strawberries

The Cat Who Was Purred In, James Upatree, Jr.

The Left Hand Of Petting My Tummy, Ursula Le Kitten Heels

I Eated Algernon, Daniel Macavity

The Littery, Shirley Youjest

Johnathan Strange and Mr. Whiskers, Susanna Crookshanks

Good Omeows, Neil Greebo and Terry Pixel

The Nine Billion Names of Cats, Art “Holy Cats” Clarke

The Man Who Sold the Cat a Moon Made of Cheese, R. Fineline

 

The future’s so bright pink and yellow and glitter, we gotta wear shades! Download the PDF of issue #19 and roll around in it!

In upcoming issues, you can look forward to: A Girl and her Cat, The Word for World is Yarn, I Have No Kibble and Must Scream, The Cats Men Don’t See, and the novella-length We Can Shred It For You Wholesale, and The Catnip Chronicles.

 

PEACE, LOVE, AND PURRS

Year’s Best Weird, Vol. 1

Issue 17 Cover by Sandro Castelli
Issue 17

I am super delighted to say that “Like Feather, Like Bone” by Kristi DeMeester will appear in Year’s Best Weird Volume 1, edited by Laird Barron. To check out the story with its original artwork, be sure to pick up Shimmer #17 in paper or digital formats.

You can find the full table of contents here, which includes three other Shimmery authors, if not for their Shimmery works: Damien Angelica Walters, A.C. Wise, and Karen Tidbeck.

Congrats to all authors — the collection looks to be amazing.

Award Eligibility

If you are nominating for Hugos, Nebulas, or Best in Badgers, Shimmer appreciates your consideration! Shimmer is eligible in the Semiprozine category and its editors in the Short Form category.

In 2013, we published #16 and #17, including the following short story works:

Ordinary Souls, K.M. Szpara
Goodbye Mildred, Charlie Bookout
Opposable Thumbs, Greg Leunig
Word and Flesh, Dennis Y. Ginoza
The Revelation of Morgan Stern, Christie Yant
The Binding of Memories, Cate Gardner
The Death and Life of Bob, William Jablonsky
The Sky Whale, Rebecca Emanuelsen
Tasting of the Sea, A.C. Wise
Lighting the Candles, Laura Hinkle
Gemini in the House of Mars, Nicole M. Taylor
The Haunted Jalopy Races, M. Bennardo
In Light of Recent Events I Have Reconsidered the Wisdom of Your Space Elevator, Helena Bell
The Mostly True Story of Assman & Foxy, by Katherine Sparrow
How Bunny Came to Be, by A.C. Wise
The Moon Bears, by Sarah Brooks
Sincerely, Your Psychic, by Helena Bell
Out They Come, by Alex Dally MacFarlane
Love in the Time of Vivisection, by Sunny Moraine
Fishing, by Lavie Tidhar
98 Ianthe, by Robert N. Lee
The Desire of All Things, by Jordan Taylor
The Metaphor of the Lakes, by Yarrow Paisley
Romeo and Meatbox, by Alex Wilson
Like Feather, Like Bone, by Kristi DeMeester
Girl, With Coin, by Damien Angelica Walters
River, Dreaming, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Fairy Godmother, by Kim Neville
We Were Never Alone in Space, by Carmen Maria Machado
The Herdsman of the Dead, by Ada Hoffman

 

 

Ann VanderMeer Guest Edits Shimmer Issue

Just over a year ago, Shimmer turned pro. Why? Because the new owners of Weird Tales made a series of missteps, and we felt that the best way to respond was to become even better ourselves. We believed that Shimmer had always been excellent; and now it was time to raise the bar for ourselves. With the generous support of Mary Robinette Kowal, we were able to do that, and now provide a strong professional home for the kind of intelligent, innovative speculative fiction that we loved at Weird Tales.

Amazing things happened after that. The speculative fiction community was incredibly supportive. Our sales soared, as did submissions.

And a guy named Patrick Rothfuss offered to contribute some more money. We knew exactly what we wanted to do with the money: hire Ann VanderMeer to guest edit our 18th issue. What better way for us to honor Ann for her excellent work?

Check out the table of contents:

In the Broken City, by Ben Peek
Atomic Age by Rachel Marsten
Psychopomp, by Ramsey Shehadeh
The Story of Anna Walden, by Christine Schirr
Anuta Fragment’s Private Eyes, by Ben Godby
Unclaimed, by Annalee Newitz
Fragments from the Notes of a Dead Mycologist, by Jeff VanderMeer
The Street of the Green Elephant, by Dustin Monk

This issue will be available in early 2014.

Honorable Mentions, Best Horror of the Year Vol. 5

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The wicked-talented Ellen Datlow has once again assembled the long list for her honorable mentions when it comes to the past year in horror and dark fiction.

Shimmer is proud to say it has a couple mentions on that list:

K.M. Ferebee’s “The Bird Country” and Dustin Monk’s “What Fireworks” from Shimmer 15! Congrats to both authors!

You can find the list here: Part One, Part Two

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

I’m pretty sure my summer anecdotes aren’t going to beat this one that came in from “Goodbye Mildred” author Charlie Bookout (Shimmer #16):

 

I’ve attached a photo of me standing in front of Stephen King’s house holding a copy of Shimmer #16. I chucked it in his yard just after the picture was taken. I hope his groundskeeper reads it and has nightmares.

We hope so, too, Charlie. We hope so, too…

Six Questions

Issue 16

Every morning, I wake and wonder: what was Beth thinking when she started Shimmer? Did she realize exactly how fantastic it would be?

Wonder no more! Beth talks with Jim Harrington over at Six Questions For…, and ponders this herself. What was she thinking? Seriously!

“Really I was very naive: there’s so much more that goes into running a magazine than the editorial side. I’ve had to learn a lot about marketing and accounting and coordinating volunteers and taxes and printers and a hundred other non-sexy things.