A More Worldly Semiprozine Hugo

After I announced that Clarkesworld was no longer eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo, someone emailed me to find out who I’d like to see replace us on the ballot. At first, I thought I’d just direct them to the Semiprozine Directory and relax a bit, but while looking over the list I realized that I had strong feelings about wanting a foreign market, particularly Interzone, making the cut this year.

interzoneSince it’s a UK publication, it’s always been a bit of a challenge to get their nice full-color print editions here, but they do have ebook editions for sale on Weightless Books and Amazon. Weightless even has PDFs for people who don’t like traditional ebooks. You can also order print copies direct from TTA Press on the Interzone website.

Interzone has been nominated for Best Semiprozine over twenty-five times and won in 1995. The current editor, Andy Cox, has yet to win. This year, they have a good chance of being nominees. With Worldcon in London, it stands to reason that more attendees than normal will be familiar and fond of their work. Check them out and decide for yourself.

If it’s not to your taste, check out some of the other magazines from outside the US (Albedo One, Andromeda Spaceways, Aurealis, Black Static, Neo-Opsis, On-Spec, etc.) and see if one of them would be a good fit. It’s past time to put some more of the world into this aspect of Worldcon.

2014 Awards Eligibility Post

Last year, Clarkesworld Magazine received its third Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. It appears as though we’ll be going out on top. The combined income from Clarkesworld (and its parent, Wyrm Publishing) has just barely crossed the threshold for semiprozine eligibility. We are NOT eligible for nomination this year. This is a very good sign for the future of Clarkesworld and gives me continued hope that someday I’ll be able to make this my full-time career. Thank you to all our subscribers, advertisers, and donors for helping us achieve this bittersweet milestone.

It has been my honor to be nominated (and lose to Sheila and Stan) for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form). I continue to be eligible in this category and hope that you will consider nominating me again.

Our stories continue to be eligible. Here’s a complete list of Clarkesworld‘s 2013 stories and novelettes:

Novelettes (7,501 to 17,500 words)
Short Stories (up to 7500 words)


An interesting side-note: While we are now “professional” in the eyes of the Hugo Awards, we are still “non-professional” by World Fantasy Award definitions. We still have a way to go there.

Pictures of the 2013 Hugo Award

The 2013 Hugo Award base designed and made by Vincent Villafranca is one of the best I’ve seen. There don’t appear to be many detailed pictures of it online yet, so I asked Lisa if she would do a little photo shoot this afternoon:


Hanging out in the backyard.


Close-up of the front of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


Close-up of the right side of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


Close-up of the left side of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


Close-up of the back of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


So pretty, Godzilla can’t keep his hands off it.


Safely at home. The 2013 Hugo for Best Semiprozine joins it’s family members from 2010 (right) and 2011 (left).


A few Worldcon highlights

Just a few LoneStarCon (Worldcon) highlights:

THE PARTIES: Having a chance to sit and talk with new and old friends was so energizing that I ended up incredibly sleep-deprived by the end of con. Way too many people to name.

OUR PARTIES: We held two parties this year. Thursday night was an open party in the SFWA suite. (Did anyone get a picture of the cupcakes?) Saturday night I co-hosted a private party with Sheila Williams from Asimov’s. Someone kindly volunteered the Presidential Suite at the top of the hotel, which is a quite floor, so we billed it as an alternative to the overheated and loud parties held elsewhere that night.

THE CHESLEY AWARDS: I was honored to be asked to hand out the Chesley Award for Best Magazine cover, particularly since half of the nominees were from Clarkesworld. Ken Barthelmey won for this cover, but couldn’t be there:



After the ceremony, I had a nice chat with Vincent Villafranca, the artist responsible for the amazing base on this year’s Hugo Award. I must own one of his bronze robots some day.

ART SHOW: Highlight for me was seeing so much of Julie Dillon’s work in-person. I’ve only seen prints of a few of her pieces, but there were several Clarkesworld covers on display and they were incredible. Small screens don’t do them justice. Now I must own some of these too. Sadly Julie had to cancel her Worldcon trip. Was looking forward to seeing her again.

JAMES PATRICK KELLY READING: The second story Jim read is in the current issue of Clarkesworld. Kate Baker joined him up-front to read the part of the wife and by the end, the two of them had the audience in tears.

THE ELEVATOR SHOUT-OUTS: It’s still somewhat surreal to be recognized at cons, but this time we had people yelling “Go Clarkesworld” from packed elevators that passed us as we headed down to the lobby. That happened three times. Never figured out which people were responsible for that one.

WHO’S STALKING WHO?: Kevin Ikenberry and I first met on my connecting flight from Houston. Our paths crossed so often that we became (jokingly) convinced that one of us was following the other. Funny way to make new friends.

PANELS: There were some misses in this category (moderation issues), but I enjoyed most of them. Was shocked to have a full kaffeeklatsch and had a great time chatting with the people who came. Signing was slow, but someone brought a cool little monster book to sign. Now I have to find one.

ROOMMATES: Sean and Jason were my roommates for the con, replicating our Reno Worldcon, but this time we were all nominees.

HUGO AWARDS: Despite being told by several people that we were favored to win, I wasn’t all that confident we would. Crazy things happen in the Hugos sometimes. Was overwhelmed when they announced that we were the winner and remember very little of what happened next. I know I was shaking and people told me I made them cry. I’m waiting for the video to get a better handle on this one. Sleep deprivation and adrenaline are an interesting mix. I ended up being up until 5AM carrying the award with me everywhere and making the rounds at the parties. The best part is that I won this award with my friends:



More on the Hugos later…

Nebula Award for Aliette

Last night, I had the pleasure of watching the Nebula Awards live from the only corner of my hotel room with internet access. Clarkesworld had three stories competing for Best Short Story (“Robot” by Helena Bell, “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard and “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes” by Tom Crosshill) and one for Best Novelette (“Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente). Situations like this are a lot like having to pick a favorite child, so I’m relieved to be unable to vote for the Nebulas. I can, however, be happy for all of them.

The ceremony ran much later than I expected (and a few time zones away), but seeing Aliette (in shock) accept the award for best short story, made it well worth the wait. Congratulations to Aliette, the other winners, and all the nominees!