Neil Clarke

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

Month: October 2009

Crash Bang Boom a Trip to Capclave

I spent this past weekend at Capclave in Maryland and had a great time. I spent a lot of time in the dealer’s room and the panels were great. I had a chance to spend some time chatting with Sheila Williams (one of the GoHs), Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Edmund Schubert (Intergalactic Medicine Show), John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed and F&SF), Sean Wallace (Fantasy), and many many others.

By the way, Harry Turtledove fans, WSFA Press is back for the first time in years and started with a Guest of Honor book by Turtledove. Reincarnation: six stories never-before-reprinted, an original story, story notes, and an introduction by Sheila Williams. There is a signed limited and a trade edition. Grab one for your collection!

Oh and if you are a Lewis Shiner fan, they’ve dug up copies of the slipcased signed limited edition of Edges of Things that they published years back. Great book.

Next year’s guests are Connie Willis, Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer. Looking forward to that one and hoping WFSA has a book for them!

And now that I’m done promoting the good of the weekend….

Less than 10 minutes after leaving the hotel, my van was struck from behind by a Nissan Pathfinder. The driver looked away from the road (must have been for a while) and when she looked up, I was stopped in front of her. BAM!  She hit the van hard enough to push it several feet forward and into the car in front of me. That was with the breaks on. Fortunately, no one was hurt. I’m still a bit achy, but it could have been much worse. My insurance company (Progressive) gets an A+ for handling everything. Over $4k in damage and I’m not paying a penny of it. Repairs – handled. Rental car – handled. Driver that hit me, a big fat F for not paying attention. Oh and the Maryland police… you also get an F for caring more about the traffic flow than the people in an accident. Shame on you.

Last Drink Bird Head Coming Soon

Coming soon from The Ministry of Whimsy!

LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD
Flash Fiction for Charity

Contributors include Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Brian Evenson, Henry Kaiser, Gene Wolfe, Hal Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Rikki Ducornet, Holly Phillips, Stephen R. Donaldson, K.J. Bishop, Michael Swanwick, Ellen Kushner, Daniel Abraham, Jay Lake, Liz Williams, Tanith Lee, Sarah Monette, Conrad Williams, and Marly Youmans. (See the ordering page for a full list of contributors.)

All proceeds from this book will go to ProLiteracy, an organization that "champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies."

LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD will be launched at World Fantasy Convention. Check out Jeff’s blog for details about the launch party.

ORDER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR COPY AND TO SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE.
Preordered copies will be signed by at least one
contributor or editor or available for pickup at WFC.

My Capclave Schedule

I’ll be a guest and dealer at Capclave this coming weekend. Here is the most recent schedule they have for me:

Saturday, October 17th

5:00PM NEW MEDIA
Barbara Krasnoff (m), John Joseph Adams, Scott Andrews, Davey Beauchamp, Neil Clarke
Webcomics.  Manga.  YouTube videos.  Pseudo- blogs (fiction in blog format).  Twitter fiction. Podcasts.  What are they?  How do they work?  How can I get them?  How can I get involved? What’s worth the audience’s time?

Sunday, October 18th

10:00AM EDITOR PANEL
Neil Clarke (m), John Joseph Adams, Christopher M. Cevasco, George H. Scithers, Sean Wallace, Sheila Williams
What do editors look for? What trends are they seeing? What do they want to see in manuscripts? Do editors still work with writers and if so how?

1:00PM SMALL PRESS
Mike Walsh (m), Neil Clarke, Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, Sean Wallace
How do you set up a small press and market the books? What role do the small press have in today’s market? What role does the internet play?

2:00PM ONLINE FICTION
Brenda Clough (m), Diane Arrelle, Neil Clarke, Edmund Schubert, J. J. Smith, Sean Wallace
Is the fiction published in online magazines different from that in the print magazines and if so, how? What online fiction sources are the best? How do readers and writers find out about online sources?

I had hoped that I’d get on the SAVE THE MAGAZINES panel on Saturday, but it looks like that one filled up, so I’ll probably sit and watch from the audience.

When I’m not on panels, you should be able to find me in the Dealer’s Room during these hours:

Friday: 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm

If there are certain books people want me to bring from the bookstore or Wyrm, let me know soon so I can pack them up this week.

So, who else will be there?

If you are looking for something to do in the Philadelphia area on Friday night

This Friday night at 9, I’ll be a guest of The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. I’m scheduled after their 8:00 business meeting, which takes place at  International House in Philadelphia. If you’ll be in the area, please stop by. Visitors are welcome.

What will I talk about? Most likely, it will circle around short fiction, online magazines, small press and other things like that. It will be a poll the audience sort of talk and head off in the direction that interests them the most.

October Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The October issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available online. If you enjoy it, please consider a donation, book purchase, or just spread the word.

FICTION
Spar by Kij Johnson
Spar (AUDIO VERSION) by Kij Johnson, read by Kate Baker
Of Melei, of Ulthar by Gord Sellar

NONFICTION
Keeping Ahead of the Fear: A Conversation with Ken Scholes interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Forevermore: The Iconic Poe of the 21st Century by G.A. Buchholz

COVER ART
OH SHIT by Sean Donaldson

 

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