Neil Clarke

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

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October Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The first issue of our second year is now available… or at least the part you’ve come to expect is. Later this month, we’ll be adding some non-fiction to our lineup. I had planned to make everything available tonight, but this past week tossed a few obstacles at me. The non-fiction side of Clarkesworld will allow for reader response, much like a blog. The way I see it, there isn’t much point in doing an online magazine with non-fiction unless people can respond to it. So, give me a couple of weeks and you’ll see the first of a few changes in place.

For now you can run off and enjoy…

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007

I’ve been told that Clarkesworld managed to get three honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: 20th Annual Collection by Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant and Kelly Link. We only had three issues (six stories) eligible, so I’m quite pleased with the results and very happy for our authors. The stories are:

304, Adolph Hitler Strasse by Lavie Tidhar (October, 2006)
Lydia’s Body by Vylar Kaftan (November, 2006)
Urchins, While Swimming by Catherynne M. Valente (December, 2006)

Cover art for the next issue

Clarkesworld Magazine‘s thirteenth issue is right around the corner. We’ll have stories by Lisa Mantchev and Kristen Mandigma, but right now I want to focus on the cover art by Naomi Chen.

I’ve worked in education for many years. For about 10 of those, my office was down the hall from the art department. I’ve seen a lot of student art, so I was completely blown away when I found out that Naomi is a college freshman.  I’m impressed.

The Ape’s Wife

A little bit of switcheroo has happened in the September Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.  “Little Conversations” by Caitlin R. Kiernan has been swapped out for “The Ape’s Wife“.  This is a great story and I’m more than happy to have it grace the pages of Clarkesworld and Realms.  If you missed it, “Little Conversations” will only be available as part of “Salammbô Redux” in the new edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder that will be published by Subterranean in early 2008. 

“The Ape’s Wife” is the longest story we’ve ever published.  It’s nearly 9000 words and I’ve had to split it in two to make more suitable for online reading. Of course, feel free to argue with me if you feel one 9K story is fine on a single page.

Before anyone asks, this does not mean we are backing off our submission guideline’s 4000 word limit.  Half the stories we publish are solicited and half come from slush.  The guidelines are aimed at the slush and while we also try to use them for the solicited stories, it doesn’t always work that way.  Consider it a perk of being a solicited author.

Toast by Charles Stross

Steve Montiglio has sent us the artwork we’ll be using for the signed limited edition of Charles Stross’ short story collection, Toast. Now, with thanks to some more magic from Mary, we have a book cover. Clicking on the image will take you to our catalog and from there, if you are so inclined, you can get a bigger version of the cover or even order the book.

This is the third cover that Steve has done for one of Charlie’s books. He has also done the Golden Gryphon covers for Atrocity Archives and Jennifer Morgue. 

A Little Help

I received a stack of promotional postcards for Realms today.

I’ll be at CapClave and World Fantasy, but there are a lot more cons I won’t be at.  If you’d be interested in helping spread the word to cons or even bookstores, drop me an email at books(at)clarkesworld.com and I’ll get you a stack. 

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