Slush Reader Application 2018

If you are interested in being a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine, I highly recommend that you fill out our application. When a vacancy opens, we consider/reconsider every application turned in during the last year before soliciting new applications on social media. Quite often these positions are filled from existing applications.

A few notes:

  1. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
  2. Slush readers & other staff are prohibited from submitting stories or articles to the magazine.
  3. You should have time to read an average of five stories a day.
  4. Priority is given to writers and people considering becoming an editor.

A version of this post is reblogged every year or so with minor changes. We anticipate needing to fill two positions in March. More may open as the year continues.

Best of 2017 anthologies: Where the stories come from

Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan, Rich Horton, and I edit year’s best anthologies. Here’s the top ten sources for the 2017 stories we included.

These ten markets represent 70.6% of all year’s best appearances. Individually, they have:

Asimov’s 11.9%
Clarkesworld 11.1%
Tor.com 10.3%
F&SF 7.9%
Analog 5.6%
Infinity Wars 5.6%
Lightspeed 5.6%
Extrasolar 4.8%
Cosmic Powers 4.0%
Uncanny 4.0%

Which format has the upper-hand?

Clarkesworld Reader’s Poll – Nomination Phase

We’re bringing back our Clarkesworld reader’s poll and letting you pick your favorite 2017 Clarkesworld story and art, but we’re going to do things a little differently this time.

Phase 1 – A 24-hour flash nomination phase. Starting right now, readers can nominate up to five works in each of the following categories:

  • Best Story
  • Best Cover Art

Phase 2 – Using the data from phase one, a short list of the top nominated works will become the finalists. The finalists will be announced in our February issue and a new poll will launch and be open until February 24th.

Winners will be announced in the March 2018 issue of Clarkesworld.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN NOW AT:
https://clarkesworld-2017-nominations.questionpro.com 

The phase 1 poll is now closed. Finalists will be announced in the February issue of Clarkesworld and you’ll have another chance to vote then.

Hugo Eligibility for Best Editor Short Form

I had someone point out that I buried my own Hugo eligibility at the tail end of the list of stories eligible from Clarkesworld and was encouraged to put it front-and-center in a new post, so here it is:

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

Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3 – ToC and Cover reveal

The Best Science Fiction of the Year – Volume 3

Night Shade Books – April 3, 2018
ISBN-10: 1597809365
ISBN-13: 978-1597809368

The third volume in a new year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2017.

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Table of Contents

  • “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
  • “Holdfast” by Alastair Reynolds (Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers)
  • “Every Hour of Light and Dark” by Nancy Kress (Omni, Winter 2017)
  • “The Last Novelist, or a Dead Lizard in the Yard” by Matthew Kressel (Tor.com, March 2017)
  • “Shikasta” by Vandana Singh (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich)
  • “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s Science Fiction, September/October 2017)
  • “Focus” by Gord Sellar (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May/June 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 2017)
  • “Shadows of Eternity” by Gregory Benford (Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers)
  • “The Worldless” by Indrapramit Das (Lightspeed, March 2017)
  • “Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of My Ship” by Rachael K. Jones and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (Diabolical Plots, June 2017)
  • “Belly Up” by Maggie Clark (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2017)
  • “Uncanny Valley” by Greg Egan (Tor.com, August 2017)
  • “We Who Live in the Heart ” by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld, May 2017)
  • “A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World” by A.C. Wise (Sunvault, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Bronte Christopher Wieland)
  • “Meridian” by Karin Lowachee (Where the Stars Rise, edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak)
  • “The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse” by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers)
  • “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 2017)
  • “In Everlasting Wisdom” by Aliette de Bodard (Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “The Last Boat-Builder in Ballyvoloon” by Finbarr O’Reilly (Clarkesworld, October 2017)
  • “The Speed of Belief” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s Science Fiction, January/February 2017)
  • “Death on Mars” by Madeline Ashby (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich)
  • “An Evening with Severyn Grimes” by Rich Larson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/August 2017)
  • “ZeroS” by Peter Watts (Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” by Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams)

Cover art by Chris McGrath.

The Final Frontier – Cover and ToC reveal

THE FINAL FRONTIER

Night Shade Books – July 3, 2018
ISBN-10: 159780939X
ISBN-13: 978-1597809399

The urge to explore and discover is a natural and universal one, and the edge of the unknown is expanded with each passing year as scientific advancements inch us closer and closer to the outer reaches of our solar system and the galaxies beyond them.

Generations of writers have explored these new frontiers and the endless possibilities they present in great detail. With galaxy-spanning adventures of discovery and adventure, from generations ships to warp drives, exploring new worlds to first contacts, science fiction writers have given readers increasingly new and alien ways to look out into our broad and sprawling universe.

The Final Frontier delivers stories from across this literary spectrum, a reminder that the universe is far large and brimming with possibilities than we could ever imagine, as hard as we may try.

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Table of Contents

  • “A Jar of Goodwill” by Tobias S. Buckell (Clarkesworld, May 2010)
  • “Mono no aware” by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington)
  • “Rescue Mission” by Jack Skillingstead (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 3, edited by George Mann)
  • “Shiva in Shadow ” by Nancy Kress (Between Worlds, edited by Robert Silverberg)
  • “Slow Life” by Michael Swanwick (Analog, December 2002)
  • “Three Bodies at Mitanni” by Seth Dickinson (Analog, June 2015)
  • “The Deeps of the Sky” by Elizabeth Bear (Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Diving into the Wreck” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov’s, December 2005)
  • “The Voyage Out” by Gwyneth Jones (Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, edited by Lynne Jamneck)
  • “The Symphony of Ice and Dust” by Julie Novakova (Clarkesworld, October 2013)
  • “Twenty Lights to “The Land of Snow”” by Michael Bishop (Going Interstellar, edited by Les Johnson and Jack McDevitt)
  • “The Firewall and the Door” by Sean McMullen (Analog, March 2013)
  • “Permanent Fatal Errors” by Jay Lake (Is Anybody Out There? edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern )
  • “Gypsy” by Carter Scholz (PM Press, November 2015)
  • “Sailing the Antarsa” by Vandana Singh (The Other Half of the Sky, edited by Athena Andreadis)
  • “The Mind is Its Own Place” by Carrie Vaughn, LLC (Asimov’s, September 2016)
  • “The Wreck of the Godspeed” by James Patrick Kelly (Between Worlds, edited by Robert Silverberg)
  • “Seeing” by Genevieve Valentine (Clarkesworld, November 2010)
  • “Travelling into Nothing” by An Owomoyela (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Glory” by Greg Egan (New Space Opera, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Gardner Dozois)
  • “The Island” by Peter Watts (New Space Opera 2, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Gardner Dozois)

Cover art by Fred Gambino.