Science Fiction Novella Recommendations

Care to recommend some science fiction novellas published in the last 15 years?

My 2014 Philcon Schedule

I’ll be at Philcon this weekend. They just posted the schedule, so here’s where I’ll be:

Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)—Setting Up a Crowdfunding Project (1826)
Panelist discuss what worked, what didn’t and why. How can you promote one to make sure it is a success?Danielle Ackley-McPhail (mod), Rob Balder, Neil Clarke, Gil Cnaan, Alex Shvartsman, Alyce Wilson

Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza V (Five)—Local Small Press Magazines (1895)
Philadelphia and its environs is host to a number of small press magazines like SPACE AND TIME, CLARKESWORLD and PHOBOS. Come and hear what their editors have to say about running them and what sort of stories they’ve looking for.
Hildy Silverman (mod), Neil Clarke, Bernie Mojzes

Sat 10:00 AM in Autograph Table—Autographs – Neil Clarke, Alex Shvartsman (2022)
Alex Shvartsman (mod), Neil Clarke

Sun 2:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—Crowd-funding as a Publishing Strategy (1743)
How successful is it? What is the impact of crowd-funding on publishing in general
Rob Balder (mod), Kyle Cassidy, Neil Clarke, Gary McGath

World Fantasy Award Winner

After three prior World Fantasy Award nominations, I had grown accustomed to sitting in the back of the room and staying there as the winners were declared. No stress. We knew we wouldn’t have to get on stage… “Magazines never win.” I’m eating those words today.

2014 World Fantasy Award Winner: Special Award Non-Professional
Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace for editing Clarkesworld Magazine

Completely unprepared, Sean and I made our way to the stage. (Kate was on a family vacation in Disney.) Unlike the Hugos, I remember being on stage. I acknowledged that we expected to be staying in our seats and hadn’t written anything. I told everyone that this was the first time my family accompanied me to a ceremony, and I was very happy they were there for this moment. I thanked the judges, everyone involved in Clarkesworld, and our readers. I also warned my children that if they misbehaved on the way home, I would put the award in their room. I then turned it over to Sean. (These are the events as they played in my head. If I stood there and said BIM-BIM-BIM-AYEEEYEEEEEE for a few minutes, that would not shock me.)

We returned to our seats stunned and watched the rest of the slate of winners take the podium. It’s an honor to be among such an amazing group of people.

Afterwards, they took lots of pictures. Some serious. Some goofy. We had a lot of fun…. and then we all had to run. It’s so sad that the award ceremony is the last thing we do at World Fantasy Con. I would have liked the opportunity to celebrate a little with the people who helped make it possible.

Here’s a picture Lisa took of Sean and I with all three awards:

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BIM-BIM-BIM-AYEEEEEEEEEEEE!

November 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The November 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

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NOVEMBER 2014 – ISSUE #98

FICTION

“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs” by Matthew Kressel
“Pernicious Romance” by Robert Reed
“The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009″ by Ken Liu
“Cody” by Pat Cadigan
“The Vorkuta Event” by Ken MacLeod

NONFICTION

“We’re All Dreaming,” Arctor Said: Drugs in Science Fiction, from the 1960s to the Present by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Anywhere with Pillars: A Conversation with Jo Walton by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Another Word: Free Advice from a Full-Time Author. Worth Every Penny Paid by Wesley Chu
Editors Desk: Translation is Important by Neil Clarke

PODCAST

This month’s stories will be released in audio form over the course of the month. Read by Kate Baker.

COVER ART

Homecoming by Kuldar Leement


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Capclave 2014

I will be at Capclave in Gaithersburg, Maryland this coming weekend. I’ll have a Clarkesworld table in the dealer’s room (and plenty of copies of UPGRADED). I’m also scheduled to be on a few panels. Not sure why they all have six participants. That will make things a bit different.

Friday 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace

Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine. What’s worked for you? What hasn’t? How do you handle the intellectual property rights? How do you publicize your product? How do you get it into stores? What should your website look like? If you’re publishing books do you want to do print copy and e-books? Only e-books (and maybe some POD)?

Saturday 11:00 am: Anthology Builder

Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Robert Greenberger, David G. Hartwell, Mike McPhail, Alex Shvartsman

So you want to edit and publish an anthology. How do the stories get picked? How do you come up with a theme? What sells and what doesn’t? How do authors produce readable fiction in the straitjacket of an original themed anthology? How do you properly curate your anthology?

Saturday 1:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans

So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds – what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.

Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing
Saturday 8:30 pm: WSFA Small Press Award Ceremony

(“Bits” by Naomi Kritzer, from our October 2013 issue is a finalist)

Clarkesworld’s Eighth Anniversary

When we launched Clarkesworld, people muttered that it would be dead in a year. This month we published our eighth anniversary issue. A big thank you to the team, our authors, our readers, and all those motivating naysayers!