“A top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories about AI, reinventing old tropes and making us revisit the eternal question of what it is to be human.”
The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 3 will be published by Skyhorse/Start under their Night Shade Books imprint in early 2018. I am presently considering all science fiction stories (short stories, novelettes, and novellas) originally published in English in 2017. (Translations are allowed as long as their first English language appearance is in 2017.) To keep things simple, I will be using the publisher’s copyright, magazine’s cover date, or posting date (primarily for online fiction) to determine eligibility. Serialized works will be considered published at the time of the final installment.
Print materials must be received by November 1st. Digital materials must be received by November 15th. If your project is scheduled for publication after that date, please send galleys by the above deadlines so that I will have sufficient time to consider your work.
I will require non-exclusive World anthology rights in English in print, ebook, and audio formats for stories I select for this volume.
I will accept science fiction stories, novelettes, and novellas for consideration in the following formats:
Print – mail to:
PO Box 172
Stirling, NJ 07980
EPUB, MOBI, and .DOC – email to:
I dislike reading PDFs, so please do not send me work in this format unless you don’t have any other options and have cleared it with me in advance.
Publishers: If sending a magazine/anthology/collection that also contains other fantasy/horror/other stories, please list the titles of the science fiction stories in a cover letter or email.
Authors: I will not be able to let you know whether or not your work has been submitted by your publisher. To avoid duplication, please check with your publisher before sending a story. If your work is self-published, please include the date and location (blog, website, Amazon, etc.) your work was originally published.
Stories published in the following magazines and anthologies do not need to be submitted. I already have them.
Magazines: Analog, Apex, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Diabolical Plots, F&SF, Fiction River, Galaxy’s Edge, Gamut, IGMS, Interzone, Lightspeed, Mithila Review, Mothership Zeta, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny.
Anthologies: (updates pending) Cosmic Powers, Equus, Extrasolar, Five To The Future, Global Dystopias, Infinite Stars, Never Stop, The Self-Inflicted Relative, The Sum of Us, Sunvault, Visions VII: Universe, and Where the Stars Rise
Sending a book/file/story is a one-way transaction. I will not be confirming receipt or returning materials.
I’m currently working on The Final Frontier, the sister anthology to Galactic Empires. Think of this one as stories that take place long before the empires were founded. The focus is on exploration and discovery beyond one’s home world and includes topics like first contact, establishing colonies, new sciences, alien archaeology, generation ships, etc.
The Final Frontier
Editor: Neil Clarke
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Formats: Ebook, Print, and Audio
Date: TBA, 2018
Payment: 1 cent/word against a pro-rata share of royalties
What are you looking for?
- Science fiction reprints (no original stories) published within the last 20 years
- 3000-22000 words in length
- English language (translations are welcome)
- Theme is broad and does not need to focus on humans. (See above.)
How should you let me know about A STORY?
If you are an editor or reader and would like to recommend a story for consideration, please leave a comment on this post or send email to email@example.com.
If you’ve published a story you would like considered for this anthology, please submit a copy in .doc or .rtf format at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/anthology/
Multiple submissions permitted.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS AUGUST 4th 2017.
It looks like Night Shade has discounted my Galactic Empires anthology ebook to $1.99 in select stores. At the moment, it appears to be restricted to US-based stores. (I’m trying to find out if that will be extended to other countries.) Here are the places I know it’s available at the discounted price:
I’ll update this post to reflect any additions or changes. I don’t know how long the sale will last, so if you want a copy, don’t hesitate.
Here’s the cover and table of contents for my next anthology:
MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN
Night Shade Books – November 7, 2017
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.
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.
I’ve been sitting on some news for a while because I didn’t know when it would actually happen. Now that it’s finally available for preorder, I can announce Touchable Unreality, a bilingual anthology of Chinese science fiction. The stories in this anthology were translated for publication in Clarkesworld Magazine as part of our partnership with Storycom. At present, this anthology is only available in China. A US edition is being discussed.
The Shimmer Program has a great writeup featuring all the authors included in this anthology.
- Ether by Zhang Ran
- Coming of the Light by Chen Qiufan
- Mrs. Griffin Prepares to Commit Suicide Tonight by A Que
- Hunger Tower by Pan Haitian
- Security Check by Han Song
- Preserve Her Memory by Bao Shu
- Summer at Grandma’s House by Hao Jingfang
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Xia Jia
- Yuan Yuan’s Bubbles by Liu Cixin