Hannah Strom-Martin reviews Welcome to Bordertown: New Stories and Poems of the Borderlands, the latest installment in the shared-world anthology series, this time edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner. She's pleased by what she finds, but wonders if the anthology's tone is less edgy and confrontational than the Bordertown setting pretends to be. Michael Levy is impressed with Lavie Tidhar's Osama, an alternate history in which the title character is the hero of pulp novels in which he carries out exciting terrorist attacks, arguing that the real Osama's death will not dull the novel's relevance or sting. T.S. Miller is equally impressed by Peter S. Beagle's latest collection of stories, Sleight of Hand.
And a reminder that the Strange Horizons fund drive is still ongoing. There are also new prizes that will be raffled off among contributors.