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Chicon 8

I just booked my flight and hotel room for Chicon 8, so I’m one step closer to attending Worldcon this year. Despite that, I still have a reluctance to say that I’ll absolutely definitely be there even though it looks like I will.

Why?

Ten years ago, I was supposed to attend Chicon 7. I had just received my first Hugo nomination for Editor Short Form and I was excited to have the opportunity to celebrate with my fellow finalists. Everything was set. I had my flights, hotel, and membership. A month and a half before the convention, however, I had a heart attack and nearly died. I tried to maintain some hope that I could attend, but it wasn’t destined to happen. Trip canceled.

Here it is ten years later… I’m celebrating my tenth time on the ballot and it appears as though I’m set to visit the same city to mark the anniversary. To say I’m looking forward to it is an understatement.

That heart attack changed a lot of things for me and reshaped the direction of my career as an editor. It also left me with a significant amount of heart damage, which puts me at high risk with regards to COVID. All the other conventions on my list for 2022 are in driving distance, which eliminates the need for airports and reduces my risk of exposure to a more reasonable level. Toss in the recent end of mask requirements on planes and an expectation that cases will tick upwards towards the end of Summer, and you find the source of my uncertainty. I want to be wrong, but have to acknowledge that the ghost of my heart attack could strike again and keep me home.

For the tenth time

The Hugo Award finalists were announced this week and I’m honored to once again be a finalist for Editor Short Form. This is my tenth time in the category. Currently 0-9. Maybe the tenth time is the charm. I’d like to thank everyone who nominated and congratulate my fellow finalists.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Novelette finalist Suzanne Palmer. So happy to see “Bots of the Lost Arc” in the running. This is a sequel story to “The Secret Life of Bots” which won the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.

2021 Worldcon Schedule (Discon III)

I’ll be attending Discon III, the 2021 Worldcon in DC (December 15-19). Clarkesworld will have a table in the dealer’s room, but I can also be found on the program at the following events/panels:

Kaffeeklatsch – Neil Clarke
Thu 10:00-10:50 AM, Suite 325

Ask an Editor: Short Fiction Writing
Thu 2:30-3:20 PM, Blue Room

Public Hugo Finalists Reception
Thu 5:00-7:00 PM, Ambassador Ballroom

Signing – Neil Clarke
Fri 11:30 AM -12:20 PM, Autographs 3

The Small Press Takeover of Short Fiction
Fri 4:00-5:00 PM, Forum Room

The Finances of Running a Small Press
Sat 11:30 AM -12:20 PM, Forum Room

Hugo Award Ceremony
Sat 8:00-10:30 PM, Regency Ballroom

2021 Hugo Nominee

Very pleased to once again be a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form). I’m keeping great company.

A big thank you to everyone that nominated me this year.

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists!

2020 Clarkesworld Stories and Cover Art

2020 Clarkesworld Stories

“Helicopter Story” by Isabel Fall (Novelette, 1/2020) (This is the replacement title for the story published in our January 2020 issue and later withdrawn by the author.)
“Monster” by Naomi Kritzer (Novelette, 1/2020)
“The AI That Looked at the Sun” by Filip Hajdar Drnovšek Zorko (Short Story, 1/2020)
“The Last to Die” by Rita Chang-Eppig (Short Story, 1/2020)
“The Perfect Sail” by I-Hyeong Yun (Novelette, 1/2020)
“The Ancestral Temple in a Box” by Chen Qiufan (Short Story, 1/2020)
“Outer” by Hollis Joel Henry (Short Story, 2/2020)
“Eyes of the Crocodile” by Malena Salazar Maciá (Short Story, 2/2020)
“Mandorla” by Cooper Shrivastava (Short Story, 2/2020)
“The Host” by Neal Asher (Novelette, 2/2020)
“Jigsaw Children” by Grace Chan (Novelette, 2/2020)
“Generation Gap” by Thoraiya Dyer (Novelette, 2/2020)
“Time Reveals the Heart” by Derek Künsken (Short Story, 3/2020)
“Coffee Boom: Decoctions, Micronized” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (Short Story, 3/2020)
“Leave-Taking” by M. L. Clark (Novelette, 3/2020)
“The Amusement Dark” by Mike Buckley (Novelette, 3/2020)
“Grayer Than Lead, Heavier Than Snow” by Yukimi Ogawa (Novelette, 3/2020)
“The Whale Fall at the End of the Universe” by Cameron Van Sant (Short Story, 3/2020)
“Distant Stars” by P H Lee (Short Story, 4/2020)
“AirBody” by Sameem Siddiqui (Short Story, 4/2020)
“A System for Investigating Recapitulation and Evolutionary Novelty” by Kyle E Miller (Short Story, 4/2020)
“The ThoughtBox” by Tlotlo Tsamaase (Short Story, 4/2020)
“Debtless” by Chen Qiufan (Novelette, 4/2020)
“Angel Pattern” by Henry Szabranski (Novelette, 4/2020)
“What Happens in Solarium Square 21” by Ashleigh Shears (Short Story, 5/2020)
“Albedo Season” by Ray Nayler (Short Story, 5/2020)
“A Stick of Clay, in the Hands of God, is Infinite Potential” by JY Neon Yang (Novelette, 5/2020)
“Quantum Fish” by Bo Balder (Novelette, 5/2020)
“The Language Sheath” by Regina Kanyu Wang (Novelette, 5/2020)
“The Translator, at Low Tide” by Vajra Chandrasekera (Short Story, 5/2020)
“The Iridescent Lake” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (Novelette, 6/2020)
“How Long the Shadows Cast” by Kenji Yanagawa (Novelette, 6/2020)
“Nine Words for Loneliness in the Language of the Uma’u” by M. L. Clark (Novella, 6/2020)
“Optimizing the Path to Enlightenment” by Priya Chand (Short Story, 6/2020)
“Own Goal” by Dennard Dayle (Short Story, 6/2020)
“Artificial People” by Michael Swanwick (Short Story, 7/2020)
“One Time, a Reluctant Traveler” by A. T. Greenblatt (Short Story, 7/2020)
“Three Stories Conjured from Nothing” by ShakeSpace (Short Story, 7/2020)
“Power to Yield” by Bogi Takács (Novella, 7/2020)
“Strange Comfort” by Tegan Moore (Novelette, 7/2020)
“The Oddish Gesture of Humans” by Gabriel Calácia (Short Story, 7/2020)
“The House That Leapt into Forever” by Beth Goder (Short Story, 7/2020)
“The Lori” by Fiona Moore (Short Story, 8/2020)
“Drawing Lines Between the Stars” by Frank Smith (Short Story, 8/2020)
“The Plague” by Yan Leisheng (Short Story, 8/2020)
“An Important Failure” by Rebecca Campbell (Novelette, 8/2020)
“The Immolation of Kev Magee” by L.X. Beckett (Novelette, 8/2020)
“Nameless He” by Robert Reed (Novelette, 8/2020)
“Blue And Blue And Blue And Pink” by Lavie Tidhar (Short Story, 9/2020)
“What Remains of Maya Sankovy” by G. D. Angier (Short Story, 9/2020)
“Lone Puppeteer of a Sleeping City” by Arula Ratnakar (Novelette, 9/2020)
“Certainty” by Isabel Lee (Novelette, 9/2020)
“Ask the Fireflies” by R. P. Sand (Novelette, 9/2020)
“Every Plumage, Every Beak” by Nin Harris (Short Story, 9/2020)
“The Book Reader” by Keishi Kajifune (Short Story, 9/2020)
“Callme and Mink” by Brenda Cooper (Short Story, 10/2020)
“To Set at Twilight In a Land of Reeds” by Natalia Theodoridou (Short Story, 10/2020)
“Wandering Rocks” by Gregory Feeley (Novelette, 10/2020)
“You and Whose Army?” by Greg Egan (Novelette, 10/2020)
“Last Wishes” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (Novelette, 10/2020)
“All Living Creation” by Xiu Xinyu (Short Story, 10/2020)
“Ashes Under Uricon” by Adrastos Omissi (Short Story, 10/2020)
“The Land of Eternal Jackfruits” by Rupsa Dey (Short Story, 11/2020)
“Death Is for Those Who Die” by Jana Bianchi (Short Story, 11/2020)
“To Sail the Black” by A.C. Wise (Novelette, 11/2020)
“Lost in Darkness and Distance” by Clara Madrigano (Novelette, 11/2020)
“Niuniu” by Baoshu (Novelette, 11/2020)
“The Murders of Jason Hartman” by Brady Nelson and Jamie Wahls (Short Story, 11/2020)
“The Love Life of John Doe” by K Raghasudhan (Short Story, 11/2020)
“The Island of Misfit Toys” by Fiona Moore (Short Story, 12/2020)
“Things That Happen When You Date Your Ex’s Accidentally Restored Backup From Before The Divorce” by Lisa Nohealani Morton (Short Story, 12/2020)
“The Last Days of Old Night” by Michael Swanwick (Short Story, 12/2020)
“Conversations in the Dark” by Robert Reed (Novelette, 12/2020)
“No Way Back” by Chi Hui (Short Story, 12/2020)
“Forward Momentum and a Parallel Toss” by AnaMaria Curtis (Short Story, 12/2020)
“Songs of Activation” by Andy Dudak (Short Story, 12/2020)

2020 Clarkesworld Cover Art

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“Zarrio” by Eduardo García

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“cattleDrive” by Colie Wertz

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“Pitstop” by Thomas Chamberlain-Keen

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“Home Planet” by Beeple

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“From the Moon to Mars” by Thomas Chamberlain-Keen

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“Plains of Forgotten Hopes” by Viko Menezes

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“Family Portrait” by Yigit Koroglu

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“Monk’s Mirror” by Joseph Diaz

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“51” by Rodion Shaldo

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“Ancient Stones” by Francesca Resta

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“Alien Scout” by Arjun Amky

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“I Hear Them” by Claudio Pilia

2020 Hugo Finalist for Best Editor (Short Form)

 
The 2020 Hugo Award finalists were announced yesterday and I am deeply honored to once again be a finalist for Best Editor Short Form. (This is the eighth time. No wins so far.)

Like many conventions, however, Worldcon (New Zealand) has had to make the difficult decision to cancel their physical convention and replace it with an online convention and award ceremony. This will be the first virtual Worldcon and Hugo Award Ceremony and I’m looking forward to taking part in all they offer. I encourage you to do so too.

Being a finalist this year has been a source of some amusement for me. My career in publishing started online with Clarkesworld and it has occupied a dominate portion of the work I’ve done over the last fourteen years. I find novelty in the fact that there’s a chance that my first win could happen during the first digital Hugo Award ceremony. Somewhat poetic even. Win or lose, however, it’s a wonderful thing to be a part of, particularly after the last six months.

I’d also like to congratulate to my fellow short form finalists: Ellen Datlow, C.C. Finlay, Jonathan Strahan, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, and Sheila Williams. Quite a fine club to be a part of, don’t you think?

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