Neil Clarke

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

Month: June 2012

The Troika by Stepan Chapman

Stepan Chapman’s updated and definitive edition of his 1997 Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel, THE TROIKA, is now available in ebook format from Ministry of Whimsy Press / Cheeky Frawg Books.

Beneath the glare of three purple suns, three travelers – an old Mexican woman, an automated jeep, and a brontosaurus – have trudged across a desert for hundreds of years. They do not know if the desert has an end, and if it does, what they might find there. Sometimes they come across perfectly-preserved cities, but without a single inhabitant, and never a drop of rain. Worse still, they have no memory of their lives before the desert. Only at night, in dreams, do they recall fragments of their past identities.

But night also brings the madness of the sandstorms, which jolt them out of one body and into another in a game of metaphysical musical chairs. In their disorientation and dysfunction, they have killed each other dozens of times, but they cannot die. Where are they? How can they escape?

From this quest form, Stepan Chapman has fashioned a poignant and powerful story of redemption in which pathos is leavened by humor and pain is softened by comfort. It is the story of deranged angels, deadly music boxes, and cellular transformation. It is also the tale of Alex who wanted to be a machine, Naomi, who spent 20 years as a corpsicle, and Eva, who escaped the whale emperor of her native land. The novel alternates between the three characters’ attempts to discover where they are with their search for identity through the dream stories which reveal their fragmented pasts. The Troika’s satisfying conclusion brings closure to one of the most harrowing journeys ever into the heart of surrealism and the human soul.

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Readercon 2012

Readercon is fast approaching and this year's program is now available. I'll be on one panel:

Saturday July 14, 11:00 AM    ME    Genre Magazines in the 21st Century. Scott H. Andrews (leader), Steve Berman, Neil Clarke, Shawna McCarthy, Gordon Van Gelder.What goes into keeping genre magazines fresh and afloat in current times? In this open discussion, magazine professionals provide advice to would-be editors and publishers regarding securing distribution, finding material, marketing and promoting, etc. along with success and cautionary stories.

I'll also be hanging out at the Clarkesworld table in dealer's room selling off old inventory at deep discounts and promoting Wyrm and Clarkesworld Magazine projects. 

If you're attending Readercon and know that there are books or magazines still listed on our old website that you'd like, send me a list and I'll try to bring them. Figure that unsigned trade edition books will probably be $1 paperback, $5 trade paperback or $10 hardcover. (Signed books, limited editions and rarer small press titles will be priced individually.)  I may play with prices over the course of the weekend because I really want this stuff gone. If you want a substantial quantity (10 or more), we can wheel and deal via email in advance. Best place to reach me is at the magazine email address neil (a t) clarkesworldmagazine.com. Dealers welcome. Orders must be picked up at the con.

June Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The June 2012 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

APRIL 2012 – ISSUE #69

FICTION
* "Immersion" by Aliette de Bodard
* "If The Mountain Comes" by An Owomoyela
* "You Were She Who Abode" by E. Catherine Tobler

NONFICTION
* Energizing Futures: How SF Fuels Itself by Stephen Gaskell
* Neither the Billionaire nor the Tramp: Economics in Speculative Fiction by Jeremy L. C. Jones
* Another Word: Assimilation, Multiculturalism, and Me by Daniel Abraham
* Editor's Desk: Clarkesworld by the Numbers by Neil Clarke

PODCAST
This month's stories will be released in audio form on the 1st, 14th and 21st. Read by Kate Baker.

COVER ART
Target Detected by Max Davenport

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