Short Biography

Neil Clarke is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor and publisher. He is the owner of Wyrm Publishing and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series for Night Shade Books.


Neil Clarke is best known as the editor and publisher of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. Launched in October 2006, the online magazine has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine four times (winning three times), the World Fantasy Award four times (winning once), and the British Fantasy Award once (winning once). Neil is also a six-time finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor-Short Form. In the nearly twelve years that Clarkesworld Magazine has been around, numerous stories that Neil has published have gone on to win or have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.

In 2012, Neil suffered a near-fatal heart attack while attending Readercon in Burlington, MA. The damage sustained in this incident later required that he undergo surgery for the implantation of a defibrillator. These events inspired both Upgraded, his 2014 cyborg anthology and his 2017 jump from his day job to become a full-time editor.

Additionally, Neil began editing Forever in 2015—a digital-only, reprint science fiction magazine. His career has since included helming The SFWA Bulletin (a non-fiction periodical published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and he has edited both original and reprint anthologies. Titles include: Upgraded, Galactic Empires, Touchable Unreality, More Human than Human, and the Best Science Fiction of the Year series for Night Shade Books. His next anthology, The Final Frontier, will be published in July, and followed by Not One of Us in November.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

Editing Work

  • Clarkesworld Magazine (Editor/Publisher), 2006 –
  • Forever Magazine (Editor/Publisher), 2015
  • The SFWA Bulletin (Editor), 2016-
  • Berlin Quarterly (Guest Fiction Editor), Issue 4, 2016
  • Clarkesworld: Year Three, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, 2013
  • Clarkesworld: Year Four, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, 2013
  • Clarkesworld: Year Five, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, 2013
  • Clarkesworld: Year Six, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, 2014
  • Upgraded, Wyrm Publishing, September 2014
  • Clarkesworld: Year Seven, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, 2015
  • Clarkesworld: Year Eight, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, February 2016
  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume One, Night Shade Books, June 2016
  • Galactic Empires, Night Shade Books, January 2017
  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume Two, Night Shade Books, 2017
  • More Human Than Human, Night Shade Books, 2017
  • Touchable Unreality, China Machine Press, 2017 (Published in China.)
  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume Three, Night Shade Books, 2018
  • The Final Frontier, Night Shade Books, 2018
  • Not One of Us, Night Shade Books, 2018
  • Clarkesworld: Year Nine.1, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, 2018
  • Clarkesworld: Year Nine.2, (with Sean Wallace), Wyrm Publishing, 2018
  • The Best of Clarkesworld, (with Sean Wallace), Prime Books, 2018
  • War Machines, Prime Books, 2018
  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume Four, Night Shade Books, 2019

Publishing Work

In addition to his work on Clarkesworld, through Wyrm Publishing, Neil has published books by Gene Wolfe, Charles Stross, Catherynne M. Valente and others. Wyrm also serves as the official publisher of the annual Clarkesworld anthologies.

  • Memorare by Gene Wolfe (signed limited)
  • Shriek: An Afterward by Jeff VanderMeer (signed limited)
  • Tides from the New Worlds by Tobias S. Buckell (signed limited)
  • Toast by Charles Stross (signed limited)
  • Unplugged edited by Rich Horton (trade paperback)
  • Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (ebook)
  • Myths of Origin by Catherynne M. Valente (trade paperback, ebook)
  • Dream Houses by Genevieve Valentine (ebook)
  • Upgraded edited by Neil Clarke (trade paperback, ebook)
  • Clarkesworld Anthologies: Realms 1, 2, Clarkesworld: Year Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine (volume one) (trade paperback, ebook)


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