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Month: February 2015

2014 Nebula Award Nominees

SFWA has just announced the 2014 Nebula Award Nominees.

So very pleased to see stories from Clarkesworld and Upgraded on the ballot:

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The Future is Forever

I’ve gone and launched another magazine. Forever Magazine is an all reprint market that features a novella and two short stories in each issue. Unlike Clarkesworld, Forever is positioned squarely as a science fiction magazine and is not available for free. Like Clarkesworld, it will be available for subscription (Amazon, Weightless, and Direct) and as standalone issues from Amazon, Apple, B&N, and Kobo.


Why? Well, I explain some of that in the editorial, but what it comes down to is I see it as an opportunity to publish more novellas and to stretch my wings as an editor. I’ve had this idea bouncing around in my head for a while, but it didn’t become practical until I was given the ability to add it to Amazon’s subscription program.

How it grows and what direction it goes depends on your response. The first goal is to cover the expenses. After that, we’ll see. I’m not ruling out adding original stories or novellas to the mix, but that has a cost that the magazine must first grow to cover.

So you can get a taste, I’m making the first issue available for free (epub, mobi/Kindle). You can always purchase it online if you like, or even get the first issue as part of the free thirty-day trial of your Amazon subscription.

The first issue features:

  • The Regular by Ken Liu (novella)
  • The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick (short story)
  • Firebrand by Peter Watts (short story)

and Ron Guyatt is our featured artist for at least the next six issues.

Boskone 2015 Schedule

I’ll be attending Boskone this weekend. Here’s my schedule.

Kaffeeklatsch: Kate Baker and Neil Clarke

Friday 18:00 – 18:50 – Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2
Kate Baker, Neil Clarke

How to Get Your Story Rejected

Friday, 8:00 PM – Marina 2
Every writer has received the dreaded rejection letter. Pros from both sides of the publishing fence share their anecdotes and tales of woe when it comes to tragic turndowns. Through the laughter and tears, you may even pick up a few tips and tricks to increase your odds with an editor!
Steven Sawicki (M), Neil Clarke, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Walter Jon Williams

Translation in SF and Fantasy

Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, Marina 4
Translated books can expand our imaginations with ideas from different perspectives and cultures. We’ll discuss why it’s important to share books via translation as well as the challenges specific to translating science fiction, fantasy, and some of our other favorite genres. Panelists also share some of their favorite “must read” translations.
Neil Clarke (M), John Chu, Fred Lerner, Ken Liu

Small Press Marketing Roundtable

Saturday 21:00 – 21:50, Burroughs
Publishers, editors, and marketing specialists from some of today’s hottest small presses share stories, tips, and advice on marketing small press works in an ever-changing landscape.
Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Steve Davidson, Ian Randal Strock

Editors — After the Draft

Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Marina 4
An editor can make a good manuscript great. No matter how perfect you think your manuscript is, there is always room for improvement, tightening, trimming … and editing. Once your manuscript is done, submitted, and accepted, what happens next? What can you expect? What do you do if you don’t agree with changes? How many people are involved in the work? Professional editors share tips and techniques for those struggling with the editing process.
Tom Easton (M), Neil Clarke, Jordan Hamessley, Beth Meacham

I’m also going to be at the Boskone Multi-Author Book Party
 on Saturday (6:30 PM, Galleria-Stage) where I will be talking about/celebrating/promoting a soon to be announced project that will be available by this weekend.

Clarkesworld – February 2015

The February 2015 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

or help us pay the bills by purchasing Clarkesworld with a subscription at:

FEBRUARY 2015 – ISSUE #101


“The Last Surviving Gondola Widow” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Indelible” by Gwendolyn Clare
“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” by Kelly Robson
“Meshed” by Rich Larson
“The Osteomancer’s Son” by Greg van Eekhout
“It Takes Two” by Nicola Griffith


What in the World Do They Want, Anyway? The Myth of the Friendly Alien by Mark Cole
A Little Paranoia: A Conversation with Liza Groen Trombi by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
The Spurred Storyteller: A Conversation With Tang Fei by Ken Liu
Another Word: YA is the New Black by Dawn Metcalf
Editor’s Desk: The Next Hundred by Neil Clarke


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


Lady and the Ship by Atilgan Asikuzun

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2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List is out. Here are their selections for Clarkesworld and Wyrm Publishing:

Clarkesworld Magazine


Short Story

Wyrm Publishing

Anthology (original)


  • The Regular by Ken Liu (Upgraded)
  • Dream Houses by Genevieve Valentine (WSFA/Wyrm)


  • “Seventh Sight” by Greg Egan (Upgraded)
  • “Collateral” by Peter Watts (Upgraded)

Congratulations to everyone on the list!

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