Neil Clarke

The Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

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Eamonn Strikes Again….

MEET THE NEW FACE OF TERROR

This is my youngest son. He’s four and readers of this blog know that he’s been a bit of an adventure this year. To recap, earlier this year, he woke us in the middle of the night and had to be rushed to the hospital. This innocent little boy is also the person who bruised my rib a few months ago. And there is so much more.

Well, Eamonn has struck again…

My wife is taking a class this weekend and won’t be back until Sunday. She left me alone with the boys, which is something that usually turns into something half party, half whirlwind housecleaning. Today, during the fun section of our day, Eamonn (as he often does) went upstairs to play while I stayed downstairs with Aidan. Nothing out of the ordinary.

But wait… it’s too quiet. Eamonn isn’t quiet. Not even when he sleeps.

I go upstairs. No Eamonn.

I check the bathrooms. No Eamonn.

I check the front door. Locked.

Now I’m calling him. Louder. Louder. LOUDER.

Not a peep. Eamonn can’t play hide and seek without giggling, so I’m beginning to think he’s hurt somewhere. The back door is locked. The basement locked. I’ve been through all the rooms a few times. Bathtub empty. Under the sink, no. Under the bed, NO. I’m very seriously concerned and his brother has now joined the hunt.

We’re running around for what feels like forever (but more probably 30 seconds) when I cross paths with Aidan again in the living room and hear something.

“Shhhh! Did you hear something?”

“No” (knowing Aidan, this was a silly question. I swear, a bomb could have rocked the house and the answer would still be “no”)

I think it was upstairs and with Aidan hot on my heels, we get up there in time to see Eamonn crawling out from the comforter on my unmade bed, grinning like a cheshire cat and totally naked. (don’t ask)

I am so doomed when he becomes a teenager… if I live to see it.

Readercon Schedule and Last Chance to Vote

Just a few pieces of news to report:

Readercon is next week and I have my schedule:

Dealer’s Room: Friday 4-7, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-2.

I’ll also be at Paul Tremblay’s reading for “There’s No Light Between Floors” from Clarkesworld Magazine.

Friday 2:30 PM. Reading (30 min.)

Today is the last day to vote in the StorySouth Million Writers Award for Best Online Fiction.  Catherynne M. Valente’s “Urchin’s, While Swimming” is slugging it out for the top spot.   It’s been a real nail-biter these last few days with the top three trading lead between them.  You can read the top ten stories and vote here.

Gender and Clarkesworld

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion about gender distribution in magazines.  Now that I have the complete list of stories for the first 12 issues of Clarkesworld Magazine, I decided to do some math:

All Stories (24)
Male: 10*
Female: 15

The mathematically inclined among you are probably thinking, “10+15=25, not 24.”  You’re right.  Our second issue contained a collaboration between two male authors, so I counted that story as 2 male authors.

The two stories in each issue are split between solicited stories and open submissions. 

Solicited Stories (12)
Male: 6*
Female: 7

From the Slush (12)
Male: 4
Female: 8

Not bad at all.  I wish I could say the same for my other venture, Wyrm Publishing.  I have announced three books and have a fourth in the wings pending contract.  All four authors are male: Wolfe, Stross, Buckell, and JV (initials only until I have the contract).  I do hope to give more balance to the catalog over time and if the next proposal is accepted, I’ll be taking a step in that direction.  Looking at my personal wish list, it seems that balance is not an impossible goal.  I trust you people will call me on it if I fail to come through.  🙂

Voting Reminder

Catherynne M. Valente’s story, Urchins, While Swimming has made the StorySouth Top Ten Online Stories of 2006. Personally, I think it’s the best of the bunch and if you agree, I encourage you to go vote for her story now. It’s a tight race and I’d love to see her win this.

Tangent Online Review of Clarkesworld Magazine #9

Tangent Online has posted their review of this months issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.

THE ORACLE SPOKE – Holly Phillips
“The story’s point of view alternates between Caldwell and Cassandra, and both are well-drawn, intelligent characters. Cassandra’s story, in particular, is moving, as we discover more about her plight as voice of the Oracle, and what it might mean for a real human being to be trapped in such a circumstance. The tale’s ending is chilling. A very strong story.”

MOON OVER YODOK – David Charlton
“This is another well-written story, with likeable characters and a very real menace. I haven’t read any stories set in this background before, and found it fascinating from that aspect alone.”

Favorite quote:
Clarkesworld is fast becoming one of the most consistent and reliable venues for finding good fiction, particularly online. This issue is probably the best of the year so far. Definitely worth checking out.”

You can read the full review here.

Shocklines Bookstore Closing

It looks like 2007 is turning into a bad year for online genre bookstores.  We announced that Clarkesworld Books was closing a few months ago and now Shocklines, perhaps the biggest online horror bookstore, is closing.  Matt explains here.

My sympathies go out to Matt.  I know this wasn’t an easy decision.  It’s hard to give up something you put so much time and effort into. 

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