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Month: February 2011

My Boskone Schedule

Somehow I missed the arrival of my Boskone schedule. Looks like I have a few panels this weekend:

Saturday 10am Summing Up a Decade of SF, Fantasy, and Horror: 2000-2009
Neil Clarke (M), Don D’Ammassa, Jack M. Haringa, David G. Hartwell, Eleanor Wood

Let’s survey the good, the bad, and the ugly genre works of the decade just past. Bring your opinions, and keep your ears open for recommendations on great stuff you missed.

Saturday 1pm The Small Press: Bigger Than Ever?
Neil Clarke, Gavin Grant, Valerie L. Grimm, Joe Hill

Boutique publishers and small presses are publishing more of the best stuff in the field every year. True? Who? How? Why? And what about the future? What’s the role of the small press in a world dominated by e-books?

Saturday 3pm Kaffeeklatsch
Neil Clarke, Beth Meacham

Saturday 4pm Changing the Best Semi-Prozine Hugo
Neil Clarke, David G. Hartwell, Mark L. Olson (M), Ben Yalow

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Best Semi-Prozine Hugo category needs repair. Everything else is open to debate. Since four members of the WSFS committee charged with developing a proposed replacement will be at Boskone, we are taking the opportunity to have a public discussion of the issues. Everyone is welcome to as smoffy an event as you’ll ever see!

Sunday 11am The e-Book Market
Jeffrey A. Carver, Neil Clarke (M), John R. Douglas, Gavin Grant, Charles Stross, Eleanor Wood

E-books appear to be the wave of the future. How does a professional who wishes to continue to make a living surf that wave?

Sunday 2pm New Fantasy — For Girls Only?
Neil Clarke (M), Leah Cypess

The writer Shauna Roberts observes that publishers think boys won’t read about girls, but girls will read about boys [as well as about girls]. Do publishers really think that? Is it true? Why? If that’s the dominant paradigm, do fantasies where the protagonist is a kickass warrior, assassin, or thief represent attempts at overcoming it — or do girls just want to have fun?

I seem to have inherited a reading too, but I think I may have to drop that. I thought I might be able to pull together a small CW reading, but with 30 minutes and no time to recruit, it may not be worth the effort.

Quick Clarkesworld Update

It’s the middle of the month and that means a new podcast. This time around we have "Three Oranges" by D. Elizabeth Wasden. Check out the episode here, text version here, or subscribe to our podcast here.

In other news, I finished work on the ebook editions of four more vintage issues of Clarkesworld:

Issue 20 – Catherynne M. Valente, Garth Upshaw (Amazon, B&N, Direct)
Issue 19 – Jeffrey Ford, Jeremiah Sturgill (Amazon, B&N, Direct)
Issue 18 – Jay Lake, Stephen Dedman (Amazon, B&N, Direct)
Issue 17 – Stephen Graham Jones, Alexander Lumans (Amazon, B&N, Direct)

Reading Clarkesworld on your Ereader

One of the most import ways that we raise money for Clarkesworld Magazine is through the sales of ebook editions of the magazine and our annual anthologies. Every penny we make from ebooks goes straight back into paying for content. You can buy individual issues from:

and I am very pleased to say that the good folks at Weightless Books have set up a way for us to sell subscriptions. We’re still hoping to convince Amazon and B&N to offer subscriptions, but it hasn’t been all that successful. If any of our fans have an "in" with someone there, we’d love to hear about it. (I do know about Amazon’s beta magazine for Kindle program, but it’s better suited to newspapers, a lot of extra work, and would result in a watered-down version of CW).

Please help us spread the word. Marketing ebooks is a bear and getting the word out is our biggest challenge. If you buy from Amazon or B&N, please consider starring or reviewing that issue on their site. It does make a difference.


Annual Analysis of the Locus Recommended Short Story List

Now that Locus Magazine has published its recommended reading list for 2010, I can once again dig into my spreadsheets and take a look at how this year’s data reflects on the state of short stories. I’ve been monitoring the list’s short fiction category for a few years now and have always found the results interesting.

Some Quick Facts:

Final Standings:

7 – Asimov’s (+2)
7 – Clarkesworld (+2)
6 – Lightspeed (new)
5 – (+4)
5 – Fantasy Magazine (+2)
4 – Strange Horizons (-1)
3 – Subterranean (+1)
3 – Apex (+3)
3 – F&SF (-1)
3 – Is Anybody Out There?
3 – Sprawl
2 – Zombies vs. Unicorns
2 – Wings of Fire
2 – Shareable
1 – 13 other markets


  • This is the first year that there have been more stories selected from online venues than from books or print magazines.
  • Although the number of stories on the list increased by 111%, growth within the categories was not proportional. Online magazines increased their total by 212%, but anthologies/collections/chapbooks and print magazines respectively declined to 71% and 75% of last year’s figures.
  • Anthologies/Collections/Chapbooks spent the last four years at the top. This is their first decline since 2005.
  • Overall, print magazines continue to decline as a presence on the list. Three years ago, Asimov’s (alone) represented 25% of the entire list. That’s more than all of this (or last) year’s print magazines combined.
  • Notable publications absent in the short story category: Analog, Realms of Fantasy, and Interzone.
  • 38 stories are by women, giving them the majority. 20 of those stories were in online magazines. 12 stories were in print magazines. 18 in anthology/collection/chapbooks. (30 for men, 16 online magazines, 12 print magazines, 2 in a/c/c).

For the Visual People:

Clarkesworld Stories on the Locus Recommended Reading List

The Locus Magazine 2010 Recommended Reading List is in their current issue. Several stories from Clarkesworld Magazine made the cut:



Congratulations to all!  I think this may have been our best showing ever.

For those that care… I’m currently working on my annual analysis of the short fiction category and should have that data and more for you today or tomorrow. First impression: this may be the first year that online magazines dominated the category.

Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 53, February 2011

The February issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now online and available in handy-dandy ebook formats from:


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