Neil Clarke

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

Month: November 2017

The Great Wall

While I was in China last week, I managed to take a trip out to see the Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall. All I can say is wow. So glad I went. Here are some pictures, but they will never do it justice. Click on them for full view.

Out Today! More Human than Human

Out today! My latest anthology from Night Shade Books:

MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN
ISBN-10: 1597809144
ISBN-13: 978-1597809146

The idea of creating an artificial human is an old one. One of the earliest science-fictional novels, Frankenstein, concerned itself primarily with the hubris of creation, and one’s relationship to one’s creator. Later versions of this “artificial human” story (and indeed later adaptations of Frankenstein) changed the focus to more modernist questions… What is the nature of humanity? What does it mean to be human? These stories continued through the golden age of science fiction with Isaac Asimov’s I Robot story cycle, and then through post-modern iterations from new wave writers like Philip K. Dick. Today, this compelling science fiction trope persists in mass media narratives like Westworld and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, as well as twenty-first century science fiction novels like Charles Stross’s Saturn’s Children and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl. The short stories in More Human than Human demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing . . . of what it is to be human . . . of autonomy and slavery and oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an alluring and recurring conceit.

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Table of Contents

  • “Dolly” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee
  • “The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald
  • “And The Ends of The Earth For Thy Possession” by Robert B. Finegold
  • “Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points” by JY Yang
  • “The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees” by John Barnes
  • “Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “Brisk Money” by Adam Christopher
  • “Act of Faith” by Fadzlishah Johanabas
  • “The Caretaker” by Ken Liu
  • “Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots” by Sandra McDonald
  • “We, Robots” by Sue Lange
  • “The Education of Junior Number 12” by Madeline Ashby
  • “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia
  • “The Man” by Paul McAuley
  • “The Robot’s Girl” by Brenda Cooper
  • “.identity” by E. Catherine Tobler
  • “American Cheetah” by Robert Reed
  • “Artifice” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “Small Medicine” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “I, Robot” by Cory Doctorow
  • “Bit Rot” by Charles Stross
  • “Angels of Ashes” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “The Old Dispensation” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “Today I am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker

Cover Art by Donato Giancola.

November trip to China

In just under a week, I’ll be in China. So far, this is what I have on my schedule:

11/8 – Leave for Chengdu, China
11/9 – Arrive in Chengdu
11/10-12 – Fourth China (Chengdu) International SF Conference
      11/11 – Interview, Chengdu Radio (with Regina Kanyu Wang)
      11/12
            10-11am, Panel: Exchange our worlds via words, Moderator: Regina Kanyu Wang,
                  Panelists: Neil Clarke, Chen Qiufan, Joanne Li, Meng Qingshu
            16:30-17:30pm, Master of the Future Award Ceremony (organized by Sci-Fi Space)
            20:00-21:30, Sci-Fi Space Campus Event at Sichuan University
11/13 – Pandas
11/14 – Fly from Chengdu to Beijing
11/15 – Meeting with Storycom
11/17 – Storycom Press Conference & Party
11/18-19 – Chinese Nebula Weekend
      11/18 – Signing (with Xia Jia)
      11/19
            9:00-12:00
, Forum: Chinese science fiction going internationally
            14:30-18:30, Chinese Nebula Award Ceremony
11/20 – Leave Beijing, Arrive Newark, NJ

I’m still working out what I’ll do on the 16th. I’m told I really need to see the Great Wall while I’m there, so maybe that will land there. I also have to set aside some time to buy a few things for my family.

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