Thanks to all 89 of you who submitted a first line for our contest! The competition was fraught, but we’re happy to report that the voting was not impacted by dangling chads or Russians, so without further ado, we present the winning line:
Grandmother’s rocking chair is made of iron.
Thanks Josh Johnson for crafting an awesome and specific image! What’s grandmother up to with that rocking chair? We’ll soon find out. Mary Robinette Kowal will write the story that goes with this opening line, and the story will appear in the final issue of Shimmer, this November.
It’s Hugo Award season, so we’re happy to present you with a list of everything Shimmer published in 2017. Shimmer only publishes short stories–we do not traffic in the tastiness of novelettes or novellas.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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