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Month: February 2016

The Berlin Quarterly

I’ve been sitting on this news for a long time, but the publisher has finally broken the news…

I am the guest fiction editor for a special science and science fiction issue of The Berlin Quarterly, a European print review of long form journalism, literature, and the Arts.


Despite being headquartered in Berlin, each issue is published in English and copies are available in New York, London, and a number of other locations inside and outside of Germany.

Their budget permitted me to select four reprints, so in this issue you’ll find:

  • “Slipping” by Lauren Beukes
  • “Tying Knots” by Ken Liu
  • “A Brief Investigation of the Process of Decay” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn

Can’t wait to get my hands on an issue!

My Boskone Schedule

I’m attending Boskone this weekend and here’s my schedule:

Small Presses & Magazines: Welcoming the Unexpected

Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Griffin (Westin)

Authors in the slipstream, weird, magical realism, or speculative literature categories can have a hard time finding the right home for their work. With stories that aren’t always a good fit for the larger genre markets, it’s still important to find quality publishers. Such homes exist in both the literary and SF/F/H publishing communities. This panel will take a “deep dive” into the world of small presses and magazines, presenting fantastic venues and discussing hard-learned lessons such as publishers that promised more than they could deliver. Whether you’re looking for good work a little off the beaten path or trying to find potential new markets for your writing, this panel is for you.

Julia Rios (M), Kate Baker, Neil Clarke Shahid Mahmud

Kaffeeklatsch 2: Neil Clarke

Friday 18:00 – 18:50, Harbor I-Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)

How Story Works

Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Marina 2 (Westin)

Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton claims in his TedX talk that “the fundamental promise of a story is that this tale will lead somewhere that is worth your time.” Is there more to story than a well-told promise? What is story? How is it constructed? What compels us to consume story in all its forms?

Darrell Schweitzer (M), Neil Clarke, Chris Irvin, Paul G. Tremblay, Gary K. Wolf


Autographing: Neil Clarke, E.C. Myers, Charles Stross, E. Lily Yu

Saturday 15:00 – 15:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

The Economics of Magazine Publishing

Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

Many publish for love, others for prestige. Some even manage to turn a profit. From circulation to ad revenue, staff turnover, and content acquisition, what factors are critical to the sustainability of magazines and e-zines? What’s the cold hard truth on the bottom line of your balance sheet?

Julia Rios (M), Neil Clarke, Shahid Mahmud, Steve Davidson

Inside the Editing Process

Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Harbor III (Westin)

How does the editorial process work? Editors must deal with a variety of writers, each with his or her own style, preferences, and agenda — while keeping an eye on management, markets, and much more. How does the revision process proceed? What do editors really do?

John R. Douglas (M), Neil Clarke, Steve Davidson, Stacey Friedberg, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Galactic Empires Guidelines

Galactic Empires

Nothing quite captures the imagination of a science fiction reader or author more than the galactic empire: vast, ancient, and full of secrets! From tales of sweeping space opera battles to stories of palace intrigue, from renegade freedom fighters to dangerous princes and princesses, and more, these galaxy-spanning stories both define—and challenge—the field.


Publisher: Night Shade Books
Editor: Neil Clarke

Rate: One cent per word advance against pro-rata share of royalties
Length: 2000 – 20000 words
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English language (translations welcome)
Format: .doc or .rtf


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February Issue of Clarkesworld

FICTION (stories will be podcast throughout the month)

  • “The Fixer” by Paul McAuley
  • “That Which Stands Tends Toward Free Fall” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • “In the Mist of Life” by Nick Wolven
  • “Between Dragons and Their Wrath” by An Owomoyela and Rachel Swirsky
  • “Blood Dauber” by Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore (reprint)
  • “Mercurial” by Kim Stanley Robinson (reprint)


  • Six Quirks of the Human Genome by Dan Koboldt
  • Sapient Animals and Memory Particles: A Conversation with Lawrence M. Schoen by Chris Urie
  • Another Word: Very Close Now by Fran Wilde
  • Editor’s Desk: The Roundup by Neil Clarke


  • “Power Surge” by Julie Dillon

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