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Clarkesworld Poll: Best 2007 Story Top Ten Final Results

The Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll for Best 2007 Story closed last night. This morning I ran a program to delete any last minute ballot stuffing attempts and then started work on analyzing the data. I looked at the data a few ways to see if I could detect any problems.

Early on, some people suggested to me that we might have a problem with vote recruiting. The most obvious place to look for this would with the voters who only selected one story instead of the three they were allowed. Breaking the data apart was easy. All votes are tracked by IP address and in a few minutes I had the final results cast by singletons and multiples. Interestingly enough, the results changed in very minor ways. Nine of the top ten remained in the top ten and there was only a little movement among them. I know that there had been several attempts at ballot stuffing, but vote recruiting seems to have been insignificant, even when making the false assumption that all singletons were dishonest.

Comfortable with the final data, I can now announce the top ten Clarkesworld stories from 2007:

10 – The Taste of Wheat by Ekaterina Sedia (August)
9 – The Third Bear by Jeff VanderMeer (April)
8 – Threads of Red and White by Lisa Mantchev (December)
7 – A Dance Across Embers by Lisa Mantchev (October)
6 – Something in the Mermaid Way by Carrie Laben (March)
5 – I’ll Gnaw Your Bones, the Manticore Said by Cat Rambo (July)
4 – Excerpt From A Letter By A Social-realist Aswang by Kristin Mandigma (October)
3 – Summer in Paris, Light from the Sky by Ken Scholes (November)
2 – Orm the Beautiful by Elizabeth Bear (January)

And the #1 story is……

The Ape’s Wife by Caitlin Kiernan (September)

Thanks for voting and congratulations to our winners!

Clarkesworld Magazine Readers Poll Update

Best Short Story Published by Clarkesworld in 2007 : Poll closes in two days!

Caitlin R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Bear, Cat Rambo, Kristin Mandigma, and Ken Scholes are making strong showings.  Caitlin is a good bit ahead of everyone else, but it is anyone’s guess how the top five are going to fall out.  This is going to go right down to the wire.

Best Clarkesworld Cover in 2007: Poll closes January 31st

Another close race with several covers within striking distance of taking the lead.  At the moment, Serj Iulian’s “Cardboard Box” (the robot sitting on a box) just barely has the lead. 

Thanks to everyone who has participated so far.  If you haven’t voted yet, there is still time.  You get three choices in each poll.

Twist my arm

I’ve had several people ask me if I’d consider extending Clarkesworld Books “post-holiday, yeah we’re back, but only for this” sale.  I was supposed to close the bookstore back down tomorrow, but the requests combined with the glee my wife experiences each time another box of books leaves the house are impossible to refuse.

Clarkesworld Books will remain open until the end of the month.  Everything is still marked way down and magazines are 20% off the website price.  Please do me a favor and spread the word to your friends,  on your blogs, or even to forums.  I’ve made a goal of clearing another bookcase by the end of the month and I think I’ll need help getting the word out to accomplish that.

SFWA Qualified Market

Back in August, I announced that Clarkesworld Magazine had become a SFWA qualifying market. At least, that’s what I had been told the committee minutes reflected. Somehow, somewhere along the line, we never became part of the official list.  It seems that closing my bookstore confused the committee, suspended the process, and left us sitting in review. I’m sure this could have been resolved with a quick email, but since we were never contacted about it, it took a few months for us to notice that something was wrong. It looks like things may be back on track. The website hasn’t been updated (since August), but the Market Report in the current SFWA Bulletin says:

“Clarkesworld Magazine ( has qualified as a pro market by SFWA rules. Writers may not submit another story for a period of seven days after receiving a rejection.”

I know some of our authors had been counting on their Clarkesworld stories to help them qualify for SFWA membership, so I’m glad to see this resolved.  Thanks go to all the people who had something to do with fixing this!

Clarkesworld 2007 Cover Art Poll

(choose up to three)

A little musical help please…

There’s a little project I’m working on that may or may not lead to anything, but at this point I’m trying to compile a list of musician’s that include science fictional or fantasy themes in some of their music. I’m not looking for filkers, but will include things like the Pixies use of UFOs in several of their songs.  Any help would be appreciated.  If you can also give record titles or songs that I could check out, that would be even better.

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