Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

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US Small Press magazine published originally by Gleekit, Inc, of Brighton, Massachusetts and from issue #6 (May 2000) by Small Beer Press, Brooklyn, New York; produced and edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. Published twice yearly since Winter 1996/1997 in a distinctive half-legal-size format (8.5 x 7 in; 216 x 180 mm), the early issues had minimal distribution beyond the Boston area (the first issue had only 26 copies printed and had to be reprinted a year later), and so it took everyone by surprise when Kelly Link's story from the first issue, "Travels with the Snow Queen" (Winter 1996/1997) won the James Tiptree Jr Award. Stories from the magazine were soon being reprinted in various Year's Best anthologies and the magazine grew in status without changing in appearance or purpose. It has remained the same idiosyncratic and unpredictable magazine of strange stories, poetry, essays and reviews. Few of the stories are straight science fiction, not even "Flying Over Water" (October 2000) by Ellen Klages, about childhood dreams and transformation, a fantasy that was nevertheless shortlisted for the Nebula award. Issue #20 (June 2007) was retitled Lady Churchill's Robot Wristlet but was no more technologically enhanced than any other issue. Contributors, rarely regular, include Christopher Barzak, L Timmel Duchamp (who wrote an occasional critical review column starting in issue #8 June 2001), Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, Theodora Goss, Nalo Hopkinson, Benjamin Rosenbaum, James Sallis, Lucy A Snyder, Amber van Dyk and Liz Williams. Most stories are fabulist or Magic Realism or fairy tales with a twist, but like Electric Velocipede, Farthing and Flurb, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet casts both light and shade through the environs of Speculative Fiction. A selection from the first nineteen issues was published as The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (anth 2007) edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant. [MA]

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