Table of Contents | 26 June 2017
In our second issue of Samovar: a daughter tries to connect to her mother one last time, a figure assembled from dreams fails to grant a wish, antlion larvae gather stardust, and Marian Via Rivera-Womack fills us in on the state of Science Fiction and Fantasy in Spain.
By: Andrea Chapela
Translated by: Andrea Chapela
I haven’t even taken off my heels when my mother’s call comes in. I wonder if I should answer. The door hasn’t closed yet, and Gary is still reporting the house conditions: no milk in the fridge, some apples about to rot, window set to manual, heat turned off. I just want to take a bath, get into bed, and forget how hard it is to open a new greenhouse in the city. I lean against the wall, which is cold against my back. I let out a breath while the notification blinks in the upper corner of my sitefield. I could ignore the call and ask Gary to heat the water. But I should really answer. Mom has called three times already, and she hasn’t left a single message. It isn’t like her.
Ni siquiera me he quitado los tacones cuando entra la llamada de mamá. ¿Y si no contesto? Acabo de llegar; Gary todavía me está dando el estado general: falta leche en el refrigerador, las manzanas van a echarse a perder, una ventana se quedó abierta en modo manual y se apagó la calefacción. Quiero bañarme, meterme a la cama, olvidar todos los problemas de abrir un nuevo invernadero en la ciudad. Me apoyo contra la pared, dejo salir el aire mientras la alarma parpadea en la esquina superior de mi campo de visión. Podría ignorarla y pedirle a Gary que comience a calentar el agua para un baño. Debería contestar. Mamá ha llamado tres veces durante el día y no ha dejado ningún mensaje. Eso no es normal.
By: Andrea Chapela
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Translated by: Andrea Chapela
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Andrea Chapela's "The Person You Are Trying To Reach Is Not Available."
By: Andrea Chapela
Podcast read by: Andrea Chapela
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Andrea Chapela's "La persona que busca no está disponible."
By: Marcelo Cohen
Translated by: Kit Maude
The girl’s name is Lina and she works in an ice cream parlour at an airport. One morning, seeing that they’ve almost run out of pistachio flavour, she decides to open a new container and in that container she finds a human limb sticking out of the synthetic tropical green slab.
Esta muchacha se llama Lina y trabaja en la heladería de un aeropuerto. Una mañana al notar que está agotándose el sabor pistacho, decide abrir una cubeta nueva y en la cubeta encuentra, en el sintético verde tropical, incrustada, una extremidad humana. 
By: Marcelo Cohen
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Translated by: Kit Maude
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Marcelo Cohen's "A Mortal Legend."
By: Marcelo Cohen
Podcast read by: Nicolás Fiore
Presented by Anaea Lay, in this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, Nicolás Fiore reads Marcelo Cohen's "Leyenda mortal."
water warms in spring is the sense i am teaching the AI to feel
It is hard—and I speak as a freelance translator as well—to convince editors that certain authors are worthwhile. Perhaps the best way to do this is to try to work by little instalments, either publishing the kind of book that Nevsky Books wants to produce in English over the next few years or via projects such as Samovar. There is a lot of hope, though: diverse cultures and diverse writers are coming through the pipeline slowly but surely, and we need to build on that.
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