2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List was published last week and it includes the following stories from Clarkesworld Magazine:


Short Stories

Congratulations to our authors!

Oh and I am very flattered that The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One made their list of recommended anthologies.

Locus uses this list as the foundation for their annual poll and survey. Winners will be announced at the Locus Awards ceremony later in the year. The poll should be online shortly.

Clarkesworld and 2016 Award Eligibility

It’s that time of year again. People are beginning to fill out the award ballots and if you are considering nominating us or any of our stories, here’s a quick list to help you figure out what goes in what category.

As has been the case for the last few years, Clarkesworld Magazine is not eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. By Hugo rules, we are professional and therefore ineligible in this category.

I am still eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (short form).

If you want to nominate one of our 2016 stories, the Hugo and Nebula Awards consider them eligible in the following categories (according to word count):

Short Stories



WSFA Small Press Award 2016

This weekend, the WSFA Small Press Award winner was announced at Capclave. We had three stories on the ballot (“Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer, “The Empress in all Her Glory” by Robert Reed, and “Today I am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker) and a long history of other finalists since this award first launched. On several occasions, it has been joked that we are the Susan Lucci of this Award… many nominations, but never a win.

Sadly, Naomi, Robert, and Martin were not able to attend. I have a small stack of unread acceptance speeches from our prior finalists, but nothing in hand from this year’s crew. Naturally, this was realized just before dinner that evening–the award ceremony was to follow–, so I came up with a quick emergency plan.

When they announced that “Today I am Paul” won, I made my way to the stage, briefly stopping to thwack a friend (I believe he started the Susan Lucci reference). When I reached the stage, I said something along the lines of:

“So, I’ve been told that we’re the Susan Lucci of this award, so at dinner, I decide to see what she had to say when she finally won her Emmy and it works, so…”

I then read a slightly reworded version of the first paragraph of her acceptance speech and then went on to say that in all seriousness, thank you. I know that Martin would have liked to have been there, but the cost of travel being what it was, etc. Instead he was at a convention more local to him that weekend. I mentioned that I knew the story was very personal to Martin and that this award would mean a great deal to him. I forget what else I said, as is typical to these moments.

At one point, the crowd mentioned I should call him, but I didn’t have his number, so we took pictures instead. The audience cheered while I took their picture, then had me capture shots of the screen and, for some reason, the ceiling. I then retreated to the sidelines to try to reach Martin by email and Twitter. The actual award showed up later, so I took pictures of that and his certificate as well. After I noticed he surfaced on Facebook, I posted photos to his wall for all to see.


I couldn’t be happier for Martin. Aside from publishing it in Clarkesworld, I made it the lead story in the first volume of Best Science Fiction of the Year. It’s an amazing tale and as I mentioned, a personal–and very moving–one to boot. If you ever have the chance to hear him read it, do so.

By the way, later Martin asked if I started the speech with “Today I am Martin.” That’s why he’s the writer and I am not. Wish I had thought of that one!

Here’s a photo of the actual award. They give one to the publisher and one to the author–which I think is a really nice gesture on their part–so I’ll have one on my shelf too. I’ll be sending Martin his when the post office reopens tomorrow.


Thank you WSFA!

Hugo Award for Cat Pictures and Other Hugo Stuff

You’ve probably already heard, but “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story last weekend. It was such a pleasure to be there to see her win and even more special to me because this was the first Clarkesworld story to win the Hugo.

After the award ceremony, everyone rushes to take a look at the detail voting summary. This year “So Much Cooking” by Naomi, “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild” by Catherynne M. Valente, “Today I am Paul” by Martin Shoemaker, and “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard were on the long lists for novelette and short story. Glad to see those stories getting the recognition they deserve. (Three of them from our one hundredth issue!)

I was a finalist for Best Editor Short Form, but the award went to Ellen Datlow. Can’t complain there as Omni was the first magazine subscription I bought and SciFiction‘s closing was one of the reasons Clarkesworld launched. Her work has been one of my influences. Sheila Williams placed second. If you read my introduction to volume one of Best Science Fiction of the Year, you already know I think Asimov’s had an incredible year. I placed third, which is my best finish in four nominations, so I can be happy with that accomplishment. Thanks for voting for me!

Sixty-nine people nominated Clarkesworld for Best Semiprozine. While I appreciate the support, we haven’t been eligible to compete in that category for a few years now. I hate thinking we might have pulled nominations from someone who could have used them. Something to keep in mind for next year.

I won’t go into detail about the rest of the categories–sorry, just don’t have time–but I will say that I was fairly happy with the final results. Even when a winner wasn’t my personal top choice, books, stories, and other things I enjoyed won.

Chesley Award Winner!

I’m finally back from Worldcon. Had a great time, but it was exhausting and a day longer than anticipated. (Most Sunday flights to the NJ area were canceled due to a big storm blowing through.) A lot happened, but let’s just start with Thursday and skip right to Thursday night.

I attended the Chesley Award ceremony as a presentor for the Best Cover Paperback category and the acceptor for shichigoro-shingo, whose cover for Clarkesworld #109 was up for Best Magazine Cover.


I was also a first-time finalist for best art director. Given who I was up against:

  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Jeremy Jarvis for Wizards of the Coast
  • Elizabeth Leggett for Lightspeed
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Betsy Wollheim & Sheila Gilbert for DAW

I was more than thrilled just to be in their company and had no expectations of winning.

They sat the presenters in the front two rows. My category placed me between two amazing artists: Kinuko Y. Craft (who would later win the Lifetime Achievement Award) and John Picacio (who would later win in Best Product Illustration for a Loteria card featuring Jay Lake). Best Magazine Cover went to Tran Nguyen’s beautiful cover for Uncanny, so I figured I was done for the evening.

Then my category was announced and the unthinkable happened:


I had to scramble for something to say. Yep, completely unprepared. Never do that.

So thank you to all the incredible artists I’ve worked with and ASFA for this incredible honor. I never consider this part of my job work because it’s always so much fun. Days later, I still can’t believe it.

The award itself will arrive sometime later. A prototype was on display, but in the rush for nominee/winner pictures at the end, I completely forgot to grab a shot. I did, however, get this pin that features one of Chesley Bonestell’s paintings:



2016 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

The 2016 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists have been announced:

  • “The Art of Deception,” by Stephanie Burgis in Insert Title Here, ed. by Tehani Wessely, published by Fablecroft Publishing, (April 2015);
  • “Burn Her,” by Tanith Lee in Dancing Through The Fire, ed. by Ian Randal Strock, published by Fantastic Books (September 2015);
  • “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (January 2015);
  • “The Empress in Her Glory,” by Robert Reed, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (April 2015);
  • “The Haunting of Apollo A7LB,” by Hannu Rajaniemi in Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction published by Tachyon Publications, (May 2015);
  • “Headspace,” by Beth Cato in Cats In Space, ed. by Lawrence M. Schoen, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);
  • “Leashing the Muse,” by Larry Hodges, published in Space and Time Magazine, ed. by Hildy Silverman, (May 2015);
  • “Leftovers,” by Leona Wisoker in Cats In Space, ed. by Lawrence M. Schoen, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);
  • “Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (August 2015).

A big congratulations to Naomi, Martin, and Robert. Will one of them be the first to take home this award for Clarkesworld? We’ll find out at Capclave!