Not One of Us – Call for submissions

I’m currently working on NOT ONE OF US, a reprint anthology focusing on the theme of aliens on Earth. I would like to see stories about alien invaders, refugees, colonists, observers, and more.

Publisher: Night Shade Books
Formats: Ebook, Print, and Audio
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Payment: 1 cent/word against a pro-rata share of royalties
Submissions Window: Submissions will be open today through February 5th, 2018.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

  • Science fiction reprints (no original stories) published within the last 20 years
  • 3000-22000 words in length
  • English language (translations are welcome)
  • Stories must take place on Earth and include aliens

HOW SHOULD YOU LET ME KNOW ABOUT A STORY?

If you are an editor or fan and would like to recommend a story for consideration, please leave a comment on this post or send email to neil@clarkesworldmagazine.com.

If you’re an author and have a story you would like considered for this anthology, please submit a copy in .doc or .rtf format at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/anthology/

Multiple submissions permitted.

Clarkesworld in 2017 – Hugo Award Eligibility

It’s January, which for some people means it is time to start figuring out what stories to nominate during this year’s awards cycle. Each year, I assemble a list to help our readers figure out what Hugo Award categories best apply to the people or works associated with Clarkesworld.

Eligible for Best Short Story (alphabetical by author)

Eligible for Best Novelette (alphabetical by author)

Eligible for Best Novella

Eligible for Best Professional Artist

Above Authors Eligible for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • A. Brym
  • Eleanna Castroianni
  • Burt Courtier
  • Simone Heller
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Finbarr O’Reilly
  • D.A. Xiaolin Spires
  • Suzanne Walker

I’m eligible for Best Editor (short form) for editing the following in 2017:

Clarkesworld Citizens

Patreon has decided NOT to implement the awful fee structure they proposed! (If you don’t know about this, don’t worry. It’s not happening anyway.) In the last few days, we lost about six months worth of gains at Patreon. It’s been brutal, but totally understandable. I was vehemently opposed to the changes and made sure to let them know about it.

I’ve worked with Patreon for four years and have come to trust people in the company. This last week was a total aberration and I’m planning on sticking with them. I’m less trusting now, but willing to give them a chance to earn it back. Some of our supporters might not feel the same way and I totally understand that. Several have asked that we provide an alternative, so for the last few days, I’ve been working on a new monthly subscription and pledge site:

https://clarkesworldcitizens.com

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that people who are already supporting us leave Patreon, Amazon, etc. There’s value in having a third party handle the support and all that. However, it pays to have options. It probably would have saved me a lot of headaches this week if I had this in place then. Regaining that lost income will be a challenge, one that is compounded by a $500/month increase in my health insurance premiums that starts next month. Augh.

Back to work!

The Great Wall

While I was in China last week, I managed to take a trip out to see the Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall. All I can say is wow. So glad I went. Here are some pictures, but they will never do it justice. Click on them for full view.

Out Today! More Human than Human

Out today! My latest anthology from Night Shade Books:

MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN
ISBN-10: 1597809144
ISBN-13: 978-1597809146

The idea of creating an artificial human is an old one. One of the earliest science-fictional novels, Frankenstein, concerned itself primarily with the hubris of creation, and one’s relationship to one’s creator. Later versions of this “artificial human” story (and indeed later adaptations of Frankenstein) changed the focus to more modernist questions… What is the nature of humanity? What does it mean to be human? These stories continued through the golden age of science fiction with Isaac Asimov’s I Robot story cycle, and then through post-modern iterations from new wave writers like Philip K. Dick. Today, this compelling science fiction trope persists in mass media narratives like Westworld and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, as well as twenty-first century science fiction novels like Charles Stross’s Saturn’s Children and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl. The short stories in More Human than Human demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing . . . of what it is to be human . . . of autonomy and slavery and oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an alluring and recurring conceit.

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Table of Contents

  • “Dolly” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee
  • “The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald
  • “And The Ends of The Earth For Thy Possession” by Robert B. Finegold
  • “Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points” by JY Yang
  • “The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees” by John Barnes
  • “Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “Brisk Money” by Adam Christopher
  • “Act of Faith” by Fadzlishah Johanabas
  • “The Caretaker” by Ken Liu
  • “Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots” by Sandra McDonald
  • “We, Robots” by Sue Lange
  • “The Education of Junior Number 12” by Madeline Ashby
  • “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia
  • “The Man” by Paul McAuley
  • “The Robot’s Girl” by Brenda Cooper
  • “.identity” by E. Catherine Tobler
  • “American Cheetah” by Robert Reed
  • “Artifice” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “Small Medicine” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “I, Robot” by Cory Doctorow
  • “Bit Rot” by Charles Stross
  • “Angels of Ashes” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “The Old Dispensation” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “Today I am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker

Cover Art by Donato Giancola.

November trip to China

In just under a week, I’ll be in China. So far, this is what I have on my schedule:

11/8 – Leave for Chengdu, China
11/9 – Arrive in Chengdu
11/10-12 – Fourth China (Chengdu) International SF Conference
      11/11 – Interview, Chengdu Radio (with Regina Kanyu Wang)
      11/12
            10-11am, Panel: Exchange our worlds via words, Moderator: Regina Kanyu Wang,
                  Panelists: Neil Clarke, Chen Qiufan, Joanne Li, Meng Qingshu
            16:30-17:30pm, Master of the Future Award Ceremony (organized by Sci-Fi Space)
            20:00-21:30, Sci-Fi Space Campus Event at Sichuan University
11/13 – Pandas
11/14 – Fly from Chengdu to Beijing
11/15 – Meeting with Storycom
11/17 – Storycom Press Conference & Party
11/18-19 – Chinese Nebula Weekend
      11/18 – Signing (with Xia Jia)
      11/19
            9:00-12:00
, Forum: Chinese science fiction going internationally
            14:30-18:30, Chinese Nebula Award Ceremony
11/20 – Leave Beijing, Arrive Newark, NJ

I’m still working out what I’ll do on the 16th. I’m told I really need to see the Great Wall while I’m there, so maybe that will land there. I also have to set aside some time to buy a few things for my family.