Neil Clarke

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

Month: January 2014

Cyber-clothes

shirt

 

Ordered.

My first cyberversary

Exactly one year ago today, I became a cyborg. The mechanical-me hasn’t had to rescue meat-me and everything is operating according to standard specifications. I’ve successfully resisted all the urges to rise up and conquer humanity. I haven’t assimilated or upgraded anyone. There’s plenty of time for that later.

Clarkesworld Authors Eligible for the John W. Campbell Award

The following Clarkesworld authors are eligible for nomination for the 2014 John W. Campbell Award:

Vajra Chandrasekra

Sofia Samatar

Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

 

If I missed anyone, please let me know.

A More Worldly Semiprozine Hugo

After I announced that Clarkesworld was no longer eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo, someone emailed me to find out who I’d like to see replace us on the ballot. At first, I thought I’d just direct them to the Semiprozine Directory and relax a bit, but while looking over the list I realized that I had strong feelings about wanting a foreign market, particularly Interzone, making the cut this year.

interzoneSince it’s a UK publication, it’s always been a bit of a challenge to get their nice full-color print editions here, but they do have ebook editions for sale on Weightless Books and Amazon. Weightless even has PDFs for people who don’t like traditional ebooks. You can also order print copies direct from TTA Press on the Interzone website.

Interzone has been nominated for Best Semiprozine over twenty-five times and won in 1995. The current editor, Andy Cox, has yet to win. This year, they have a good chance of being nominees. With Worldcon in London, it stands to reason that more attendees than normal will be familiar and fond of their work. Check them out and decide for yourself.

If it’s not to your taste, check out some of the other magazines from outside the US (Albedo One, Andromeda Spaceways, Aurealis, Black Static, Neo-Opsis, On-Spec, etc.) and see if one of them would be a good fit. It’s past time to put some more of the world into this aspect of Worldcon.

2014 Awards Eligibility Post

Last year, Clarkesworld Magazine received its third Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. It appears as though we’ll be going out on top. The combined income from Clarkesworld (and its parent, Wyrm Publishing) has just barely crossed the threshold for semiprozine eligibility. We are NOT eligible for nomination this year. This is a very good sign for the future of Clarkesworld and gives me continued hope that someday I’ll be able to make this my full-time career. Thank you to all our subscribers, advertisers, and donors for helping us achieve this bittersweet milestone.

It has been my honor to be nominated (and lose to Sheila and Stan) for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form). I continue to be eligible in this category and hope that you will consider nominating me again.

Our stories continue to be eligible. Here’s a complete list of Clarkesworld‘s 2013 stories and novelettes:

Novelettes (7,501 to 17,500 words)
Short Stories (up to 7500 words)

 

An interesting side-note: While we are now “professional” in the eyes of the Hugo Awards, we are still “non-professional” by World Fantasy Award definitions. We still have a way to go there.

The January 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The January 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

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JANUARY 2014 – ISSUE #88
FICTION
“The Clockwork Soldier” by Ken Liu
“Grave of the Fireflies” by Cheng Jingbo
“Wine” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Ship’s Brother” by Aliette de Bodard
“Utriusque Cosmi” by Robert Charles Wilson

NONFICTION
Distributed Cities by Carl Abbott
Driving through a Cloud with Pat Cadigan by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Another Word: Will Aliens be Alien? by Craig DeLancey
Editor’s Desk: Anthologies, Patreon, and the 2013 Reader’s Poll & Contest by Neil Clarke

PODCAST
This month’s stories will be released in audio form over the course of the month. Read by Kate Baker.

COVER ART
Guten Morgen by Waldemar Kazak

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