2018 Balticon Schedule

I’m a Special Guest at Balticon this year!

My schedule is:

Friday, May 25

4pm – Freelancing in the Publishing Industry
Christina M. Frey, Neil Clarke, John Edward Lawson
How can one survive on their own in the wild, ever-changing world of genre publishing? Hear some stories and advice from people who have!

Saturday, May 26

11am – Kaffeeklatsch: Neil Clarke

12pm –  Dangerous Voices Variety Hour

2pm – Recognizing Predatory Business Practices
D.H. Aire (moderator), James R. Stratton, Neil Clarke, Rosemary Claire Smith, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How to look for signs that you might not be dealing with a legitimate company – including common tactics such as pay-to-play, signing over derivative works, and others.

3pm – Making a Good Book Cover
J. R. Blackwell, Starla Huchton, Neil Clarke, Jabari Weathers
What makes a cover eye-catching? How might different audiences interpret the same imagery? Our panelists will go through the design process.

Sunday, May 27

12pm – Are Advances in Technology Making Spec Fiction Harder To Pull Off?
Carl Cipra (moderator), Larry Niven, Sarah Pinsker, Neil Clarke, Nicky Drayden, Catherine Asaro
Is it possible for writers to keep up with the rapid pace of technological development? Can we we “future-proof” the challenges our characters face so there won’t be an “app for that” by the time the book comes out?

1pm – Autographs: Neil Clarke and Ted Weber

3pm – Ask Me Anything: Editors & Publishers
Walt Boyes (moderator), Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Ian Randal Strock, Jeff Young
A panel of professional editors and publishers answer questions from the audience.

4pm – Kickstarter, Patreon, and Crowdfunding Your Novel
Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, Michael R. Underwood, Neil Clarke, Lawrence Watt-Evans
In the traditional model, an author is paid per book sold. How has crowdfunding changed the way writers work and publish?

9pm – Tales From the Slush Pile
Joshua Bilmes, Neil Clarke, John Edward Lawson
Editors share tales of some of the gems they’ve received, and give advice on how to avoid becoming fodder for future panels like this.

Monday, May 28

11am – Pitches We’re Sick Of (and Ones We Want to See)
Sarah Avery (moderator), Joshua Bilmes, Neil Clarke
Agents and editors discuss trends in submissions.

12pm – Writing for Themed Anthologies
Jean Marie Ward, Alex Shvartsman, T. Eric Bakutis, Neil Clarke
Anthologies offer an excellent opportunity for writers to get their work out to new readers. Writers and editors discuss where to look for submission opportunities, how to write to a theme, and tips on catching an editor’s eye (for the right reasons).

2018 Chesley Award Nominees

Here are the nominees for the 2018 Chesley Awards! (The Chesley, named for the great astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell, started in 1985 as a means for the SF & Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements in a given year. This year’s awards are for works and achievements in the period from January 1st to December 31st 2017.)

Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dLNApxEe8czyUsoeA

  • Tommy Arnold Horizon by Fran Wilde, Tor, September 2017
  • Marcela Bolívar Julia by Peter Straub, Centipede Press, December 2017
  • Julie Dillon Final Girls by Mira Grant, Subterranean Press, April 2017
  • Donato Giancola Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr., Tor, July 2017
  • John Harris The Man in the Tree by Sage Walker, Tor, September 2017
  • Elizabeth Leggett Retrograde by Peter Cawdron, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2017
  • Marc Simonetti The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, Grim Oak Press, August 2017

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book or Ebook
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MThpAouoVebnSZ3V2

  • Julie Dillon Beyond the Stars: New Worlds, New Suns – A Space Opera Anthology edited by Ellen Campbell, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, April 2017
  • Aly Fell Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire, DAW, March 2017
  • Jaime Jones The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, Tor, October 2017
  • Miranda Meeks The Fisher of Bones by Sarah Gailey, Fireside Fiction, October 2017
  • Gene Mollica Call of Fire by Beth Cato, Harper Voyager, August 2017
  • Dave Palumbo Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor, Tor, January 2017
  • Stephen Youll Acadie by Dave Hutchinson,Tor, September 2017

Best Magazine Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2jF2th7EMhaC2PGb9

  • Julie Dillon Clarkesworld #128 May 2017
  • Ingrid Kallick Cricket Magazine January 2017
  • Eddie Mendoza Clarkesworld #130 July 2017
  • Reiko Murakami Lightspeed #82 March 2017
  • Sergei Sarichev Clarkesworld #126 March 2017

Best Interior Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JEWYafv1NidMuNcj9

  • Gregory Manchess Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess Saga Press, October 2017
  • John Picacio “When the Devil Drives” by Melinda Snodgrass Tor.com July 2017
  • Dan Dos Santos The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by Patrick Rothfuss DAW, October 2017
  • Omar Rayyan Goblin Market by Christine Rosetti Donald M. Grant, Jan. 2017
  • Marc Simonetti The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks Grim Oak Press, August 2017
  • Sam Weber “These Deathless Bones” by Cassandra Khaw Tor.com, July 26, 2017

Best Gaming Related Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/o6sjoSdFjZFJjJSG8

  • Kari Christensen Chandra Gremlin Wrangler Heroes of the Realm WotC September 2017
  • Melissa Gay Offering Sagaborn RPG Core Rule Book Lone Wanderer Entertainment August 2017
  • Piotr Jabloński Moaning Wall Magic card for Hour of Devastation WotC July 2017
  • Jaime Jones The Ur- Dragon Magic card for Commander 2017 WotC, August 2017
  • Sara Winters Compulsive Research Magic card for Modern Masters 2017 WotC, March 2017

Best Product Illustration
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zif6qgngtQkyNjB02

  • Kari Christensen Call of Cthulhu, FilmQuest Festival, 2017
  • Julie Dillon American Gods Promo art for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post, 2017
  • Annie Stegg Gerard Stormy Serenade, DragonCon Tshirt art 2017
  • Adam Hughes In a Galaxy Far, Far Away LE Art Print by Acme Archives, July 2017
  • James Jean The Shape of Water teaser poster FOX Searchlight, December 2017
  • Rachel Quinlan Knight of Cups, 78 Tarot Astral 2017

Best Color Work – Unpublished
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/geXR3MLbGco6VQa89

  • Serena Maylon Erebor Watercolor and Gouache
  • Alessandra Pisano Kindred Spirits Oils
  • Cynthia Sheppard Deconstructing Wonderland Digital
  • Charles Urbach Not All Treasure is Gold Colored Pencil
  • Eric Velhagen Respite Oils

Best Monochrome – Unpublished
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XEWnQPNhy3ivGe1e7

  • Ed Binkley “Thistledown” Digital
  • Bobby Chiu “Romeo and Juliet” Digital
  • Karla Ortiz “Ada” Oil
  • Christine Rhee “Gumiho” Graphite
  • Shawn E. Russell “Release” Graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson “Dragon Drum” Ink
  • Kaysha Siemens “Pensive” Oils

Best Three Dimensional Art
Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BWFvrV6pBwPxvOuf1

  • Skink Chen “Resentful Beast” Painted cast resin
  • Ellen Jewett “The Burden of Motion and Ambition” Cold porcelain and polymer clay
  • Colin & Kristine Poole “Gift of the Faun” Bronze
  • Forest Rogers “Octopoid Descending” Kato polyclay
  • Lisa Sell “Manifesting Orb Dragon” Aves Apoxie Sculpt
  • Vincent Villafranca “Fever Dream #17” Bronze

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke Clarkesworld
  • Christine Foltzer Tor.com Publishing
  • Irene Gallo Tor Books/Tor.com
  • Lauren Panepinto Orbit Books and for Muddy Colors blog articles
  • Cynthia Sheppard Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Achievement

  • Richard Hescox
  • Alan Lee
  • Gregory Manchess
  • William O’Connor
  • Allen Williams

2018 Sturgeon Finalists

Just received this press release. Congratulations to all the finalists! (And a special cheer to the three from Clarkesworld!)

LAWRENCE, KS – 16 April, 2018
for immediate release

This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected, announced Christopher McKitterick, Director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The awards will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 22, 2018.

2018 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award

  • “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue,” Charlie Jane Anders. Boston Review: Global Dystopias, Oct 2017.
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance,” Tobias S. Buckell. Cosmic Powers, ed. John Joseph Adams. Saga Press.
  • “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine,” Greg Egan. Asimov’s, Nov/Dec 2017.
  • “Sidewalks,” Maureen McHugh. Omni, Nov 2017.
  • “The Martian Obelisk,” Linda Nagata. Tor.com, July 2017.
  • “The Secret Life of Bots,” Suzanne Palmer. Clarkesworld, Sept 2017.
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” Sarah Pinsker. Uncanny, March 2017.
  • “A Series of Steaks,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad. Clarkesworld, Jan 2017.
  • “Fandom for Robots,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad. Uncanny, Sept 2017.
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience,” Rebecca Roanhorse. Apex, Aug 2017.
  • “We Who Live in the Heart,” Kelly Robson. Clarkesworld, May 2017.

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. It was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The Campbell Conference has been held each year since 1978 at the University of Kansas. It includes a Friday-evening banquet where the annual Theodore A. Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Award are given; a Saturday round-table discussion with scholars, scientists, and writers of science fiction; and other events.

Sincerely,
Jason Baltazar
Outreach Coordinator, Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction
http://sfcenter.ku.edu

The Best Science Fiction of the Year – 2018 Submissions

The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4 will be published by Skyhorse/Start under their Night Shade Books imprint in early 2019. I am presently considering all science fiction stories (short stories, novelettes, and novellas) originally published in English in 2018. (Translations are allowed as long as their first English language appearance is in 2018.) To keep things simple, I will be using the publisher’s copyright, magazine’s cover date, or posting date (primarily for online fiction) to determine eligibility. Serialized works will be considered published at the time of the final installment.

Deadlines
Print materials must be received by November 1st. Digital materials must be received by November 15th. If your project is scheduled for publication after that date, please send galleys by the above deadlines so that I will have sufficient time to consider your work.

Rights
I will require non-exclusive World anthology rights in English in print, ebook, and audio formats for stories I select for this volume.

Delivery
I will accept science fiction stories, novelettes, and novellas for consideration in the following formats:

Print – mail to:
Neil Clarke
PO Box 172
Stirling, NJ 07980 

EPUB, MOBI, and .DOC – email to:
bestsciencefiction@clarkesworldmagazine.com

I dislike reading PDFs, so please do not send me work in this format unless you don’t have any other options and have cleared it with me in advance.

Publishers: If sending a magazine/anthology/collection that also contains other fantasy/horror/other stories, please list the titles of the science fiction stories in a cover letter or email.

Authors: I will not be able to let you know whether or not your work has been submitted by your publisher. To avoid duplication, please check with your publisher before sending a story. If your work is self-published, please include the date and location (blog, website, Amazon, etc.) your work was originally published.

Stories published in the following magazines and anthologies do not need to be submitted. I already have them. UPDATED 4/10/2018

Magazines: Analog, Apex, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Diabolical Plots, F&SF,  Fiction River, Galaxy’s Edge, IGMS, Interzone, Lightspeed, Longshot Island, Mithila Review, Mythic Delirium, Shoreline of Infinity, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and Uncanny.

Anthologies: Welcome to Dystopia

Other: Future Tense Fiction Project

Sending a book/file/story is a one-way transaction. I will not be confirming receipt or returning materials.

 

Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume Three – recommended reading

Today is the official release date for The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three. Go buy a copy and/or encourage your library to buy one. 🙂

I’ve already listed the stories that are included in this volume, but every year I have a small pile of excellent stories that I have to cut from my final list. These become the Recommended Reading section at the back of the book. I’d like to share that list with you now.

2017 Recommended Reading

  • “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue” by Charlie Jane Anders, Global Dystopias, edited by Junot Díaz.
  • “Mines” by Eleanor Arnason, Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan.
  • “Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics” by Jess Barber and Sara Saab, Clarkesworld, September 2017.“
  • Goner” by Gregory Norman Bossert, Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2017.
  • “Strange Dogs” by James S. A. Corey, Orbit Books.
  • “The Moon Is Not a Battlefield” by Indrapramit Das, Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan.
  • “The Dragon that Flew Out of the Sun” by Aliette de Bodard, Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams.
  • “A Game of Three Generals” by Aliette de Bodard, Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers.
  • “Speechless Love” by Yilun Fan, Sunvault, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Bronte Christopher Wieland.
  • “Nexus” by Michael F. Flynn, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March/April 2017.
  • “Rain Ship” by Chi Hui, Clarkesworld, February 2017.
  • “Canoe” by Nancy Kress, Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers.
  • “Soccer Fields and Frozen Lakes” by Greg Kurzawa, Lightspeed, March 2017.
  • “The Chameleon’s Gloves” by Yoon Ha Lee, Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams.
  • “The Wisdom of the Group” by Ian R. MacLeod, Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2017.
  • “What We Knew Then, Before the Sky Fell Down” by Seanan McGuire, Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction, edited by Monica Louzon, Jake Weisfeld, Heather McHale, Barbara Jasny, and Rachel Frederick.
  • “Sidewalks” by Maureen McHugh, Omni, Winter 2017.
  • “The Influence Machine” by Sean McMullen, Interzone, March/April 2017.
  • “The Proving Ground” by Alex Nevala-Lee, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2017.
  • “Books of the Risen Sea” by Suzanne Palmer, Asimov’s Science Fiction, September/October 2017.
  • “A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension” by Andrea M. Pawley, Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2017.
  • “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Uncanny, September/October 2017.
  • “The Residue of Fire” by Robert Reed, Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers.
  • “Teratology” by C. Samuel Rees, Sunvault, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Bronte Christopher Wieland.
  • “Belladonna Nights” by Alastair Reynolds, The Weight of Words, edited by Dave McKean and William Schafer.
  • “Night Passage” by Alastair Reynolds, Infinite Stars, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.
  • “Vanguard 2.0” by Carter Scholz, Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich.
  • “Eminence” by Karl Schroeder, Chasing Shadows, edited by Stephen W. Potts.
  • “Little /^^^\&-” by Eric Schwitzgebel, Clarkesworld, September 2017.
  • “Starlight Express” by Michael Swanwick, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2017.
  • “The Road to the Sea” by Lavie Tidhar, Sunvault, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Bronte Christopher Wieland.
  • “The Old Dispensation” by Lavie Tidhar, Tor.com, February 2017.
  • “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells, Tor.com, May 2017.