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Holiday Greetings

The tacky 50’s Santa that lives in our front window wishes you all a Merry Christmas.

So do we. 

Chinese fiction and reaching a global audience

I was reading Tobias Buckell’s blog the other day and something he said started some buzzing inside my head:

“At panels I sometimes point out that the largest SF magazine in the world is SF World, with a 300,000 print run (and an estimated pass along that puts it in a million readers), compared with largest SF circulating magazine in the English speaking world being under 30,000.”

I’m hoping that some of you can help me follow-up on the three big things that have come to me:

1. I’m realizing that I am completely ignorant when it comes to Chinese science fiction and fantasy authors.  Since I can’t read Chinese, I’m particularly interested in learning more about short fiction that has been translated to English.  Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?

2. What is the current state of online magazines in China?  I think it would be very interesting to compare notes with them.

3. I want to figure out how to make Clarkesworld Magazine more globally accessible.  It seems that two big problems are promotion and language, both of which will require significant assistance from people outside our current staff.  This seems like an interesting opportunity and if there are people who have had experience with such things, I’d love to chat with you.  (books(at)

Best Clarkesworld Story of 2007?

Over on the Clarkesworld Magazine forum, I’ve set up a poll to allow people to pick their favorite Clarkesworld Magazine story published 2007.  To make things easier, you can pick up to three.  The poll will remain open for 30 days, at which time we’ll announce our winner.

Vote Here

I’ve just updated the forum software and started tweaking some of the settings, so if you have any problems please let me know.  Thanks!

Orm the Beautiful by Elizabeth Bear

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bear!

Her January 2007 Clarkesworld story, Orm the Beautiful, has been selected for volume two of Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year.  The Night Shade Books website has the book listed for publication in March.

More Clarkesworld Fun with Facebook

As a companion to the existing Facebook Page for Clarkesworld, I’ve created a Facebook Group for Clarkesworld.  There seems to be advantages to both, but I keep finding myself thinking that Facebook would have been wiser to combine the two.  For example, Pages would benefit from the invitation system and Groups could benefit by having the ability to add applications, like RSS feeds.  Anyhow, my little experiment continues and you are all invited to join:

Clarkesworld Magazine Facebook Group (created 24 hours ago and already over 50 members)
Clarkesworld Magazine Facebook Page (created a few weeks ago and only has about 35 members)

So, what do you think of these things?  I’m definitely finding it a better place than Myspace, despite the fact that over there, we have just under 500 friends.  Facebook just seems to have potential.

Clearing my name…

Yikes! As a card-carrying music snob, I must make it clear that I am in no way related to the person going by the name Clarkesworld over on YouTube.  I wouldn’t be caught dead posting Ashlee Simpson music videos.

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