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Short Story Titles Meet Wordle

I’ve been a bit surprised by all the attention to my list of top ten most frequently used story names has received. I spent some time trying to find the most common words used in titles and then it occurred to me… drop all the story titles we’ve ever received into wordle:

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Top Ten Most Common Short Story Names

I just noticed that we crossed the 50,000 point in our submissions system sometime in the last month. I thought it might be fun to do a quick analysis of the most popular story titles in that pile. Here’s the results:

1st Place – 18

2nd Place – 16
The Gift, Home, Hunger, Homecoming

3rd Place – 15
The Box

4th Place – 14

5th Place – 13
Lost and Found

6th Place – 12
Sacrifice, The Hunt, Flight

7th Place – 11
Heartless, The End, Alone, Legacy, Adrift

8th Place – 10
Red, Reflections, The Visit, Broken

9th Place – 9
The Other Side, Rebirth, Voices, Genesis, Awakening, The Collector, Disconnected, The Wall, The Prisoner, Deus Ex Machina, Hero, Skin Deep, Memories, Skin

10th Place – 8
The Machine, The Tower, Coming Home, Rain, Going Home, The Dark, Inheritance, The Door, The Choice, Happiness, Perchance to Dream, Last Call, The Fall, Night Terrors


The first box

There is something special about that first box, no matter how many book you publish…


Clarkesworld: Year Sevenyou can own one too.



Clarkesworld: Year Seven Released

Just released in trade paperback and ebook!



Table of contents and ordering information here.

Clarkesworld – March 2015

The March 2015 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

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MARCH 2015 – ISSUE #102


“Slowly Builds An Empire” by Naim Kabir
“Cassandra” by Ken Liu
“The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild – Part 2″ by Catherynne M. Valente
“All Original Brightness” by Mike Buckley
“Coming of the Light” by Chen Qiufan
“The Clear Blue Seas of Luna” by Gregory Benford
“The Bookseller” by Lavie Tidhar


Dark Angels: Insects in the Films of Guillermo del Toro by Orrin Grey
Music, Magic, and Memory: A Conversation with Randy Henderson and Silvia Morena-Garcia by Jason Heller
Staying Sensitive in the Crowd: A Conversation with Chen Qiufan by Ken Liu
Another Word: A Shed of One’s Own by Chuck Wendig
Editor’s Desk: Reader’s Poll Winners, Nebulas, and Forever by Neil Clarke


This month’s stories will be released in audio form over the course of the month. Read by Kate Baker.


Keter by Peter Mohrbacher

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2014 Nebula Award Nominees

SFWA has just announced the 2014 Nebula Award Nominees.

So very pleased to see stories from Clarkesworld and Upgraded on the ballot:

Congratulations to all the nominees!