Official Statement about Clarkesworld’s Korea SF Project

It has been brought to my attention that one or more individuals in Korea has apparently been—publicly and privately, in Korean—misrepresenting themselves and/or their organizations as being affiliated or directly involved with the Clarkesworld Korean SF Translation Project. These statements are untrue and we sternly caution these individuals against continuing to do so.

To be clear, Clarkesworld is not currently–and never has been–affiliated with or tied to any Korean science fiction organizations, groups, or companies. At this stage in our project, we feel it is best for us to remain entirely neutral and completely unaffiliated with any local SF organizations in Korea, so as to avoid any possible conflicts of interest or undo influence on any side.

Every community has its own politics, conflicts, and disputes to work through. It is not Clarkesworld’s place to get involved in such things, nor is it our desire to be drawn into any such involvement by false assertions of an affiliation that does not exist. We will firmly resist any attempts to use this project, Clarkesworld, or myself to further any such agendas, and strongly urge everyone involved to please respect our wishes on this subject. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. Should anyone have questions, they are welcome to reach out to me.

한국에서 몇몇 개인이 자신 또는 자신의 기관이 <클락스월드(Clarkesworld) 한국 SF 번역 프로젝트>와 관련이 있거나 본 프로젝트에 직접 참여하는 것처럼 공개적·사적으로, 그리고 한국어로 가장하고 다닌다는 사실을 최근 알게 되었습니다. 이런 주장은 거짓이며, 클락스월드는 당사자들에게 해당 행위를 중단할 것을 엄중히 경고하는 바입니다.

명확히 해두자면 클락스월드는 현재 한국 SF 기관이나 단체, 회사와 제휴를 맺거나 연관되어 있지 않으며 과거에도 그런 적이 없습니다. 앞서 언급한 프로젝트 진행 단계를 고려할 때, 클락스월드는 한국 내 어떠한 SF 기관과도 무관하게 완전히 중립적인 입장을 유지하여 이해관계의 충돌 가능성을 배제하고 어느 측에도 영향력을 미치지 않는 것이 최선이라고 생각합니다.

어느 공동체나 풀어나가야 할 나름의 정치적 문제와 갈등, 분쟁을 안고 있습니다. 이런 일에 개입하는 것은 클락스월드의 자리가 아니며, 사실과 다른 제휴 주장으로 이런 일에 휘말리기를 전혀 원치 않습니다. 우리는 본 프로젝트나 클락스월드, 그리고 클락스월드 대표인 저를 이용하려는 시도에 강하게 저항할 것이며, 이런 문제에 대한 클락스월드의 입장을 존중해 주시기를 모든 관계자께 강력히 요청합니다. 여러분의 이해에 감사드리며, 이와 관련하여 질문이 있는 분은 언제든지 저에게 연락해 주시기 바랍니다.

2019 Chesley Award Winners

The Chesley Awards were presented tonight at Spikecon (aka Westercon 72, NASFiC 2019,1632 Minicon, and Manticon 2019). I wish I could have found a way to make the trip out to Utah to attend, but it just wasn’t in the cards.

The good news is that Arthur Haas won the Chesley for Best Magazine Cover for Clarkesworld issue #140:

and I won the Chesley Award for Best Art Director! What a night!

A big thank you goes to all the members of ASFA for this honor. Congratulations to all the other winners (and finalists) as well. A full list can be found on ASFA’s Facebook page.

Looking for Interviewers for Clarkesworld Magazine

This month is Chris Urie’s last month as interviewer at Clarkesworld Magazine. We’re sad to see him leaving us in this capacity, but fortunately he won’t be leaving us entirely. (Chris started as a slush reader and has asked to rejoin the slush team.)

When a position goes vacant, I look at it as an opportunity to rethink what we’re doing. This means that the new person (or persons) that end up working on our interviews will have an opportunity to help shape how we do these moving forward.

If you are interested in being an interviewer for Clarkesworld Magazine, here’s a few things you should know:

  • for the moment, we expect the interviews to remain about the same length (so check some out before you apply)
  • interview subjects are assigned, but interviewers are welcome to and encouraged to make suggestions
  • Chris was handling 1-2 interviews per month. We expect to maintain that schedule, but it doesn’t have to be all on one person
  • all pieces will be subject to a final editorial pass by our Non-Fiction Editor, Kate Baker
  • you can work from anywhere in the world, but we do need you to read/write in English
  • interviews are paid on a flat-rate

If you are interested, please fill out this application: https://forms.gle/3rvWUHdqYESu1FtCA

ALL INFORMATION IN APPLICATIONS WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
The only people reading these are Neil Clarke and Kate Baker.

Special Clarkesworld Pins for Dublin Worldcon

This August, I’ll be attending the Dublin 2019 Worldcon in Ireland. In honor of the occasion (and to celebrate my Irish roots–both of my parents are from Navan, Ireland) I made an alternate version of our Clarkesworld pins:

These will be given away for free and only available in Ireland. Assuming there’s a freebie table, I’ll be putting out some of them there, but I’ll have them with me most of the time. If you see me there, feel free to say hi and ask for one.

If you aren’t familiar with the pins, here’s the ones we’ve made so far:

Each color is special. The yellow-green pin (right) is normally given away at conventions to our readers. The blue pin (top) is given to people who have had work (art/articles/stories) published in the magazine or are part of the Clarkesworld team. The yellow (left) and purple (bottom) have not been assigned or handed out yet.

The 100,000

Sometime in March, the Clarkesworld Magazine submission system received its 100,000th story since being installed in September 2008. Since then, we’ve been open for submissions every month, except two. Back when I started developing this software, we were receiving about 300 submissions/month via email. (If I had to guess, somewhere between 4000 and 5000 of the earliest submissions to Clarkesworld are all that is missing from the database.) Since then, the monthly volume has increased to nearly four times that. (We were occasionally hitting 1200/month before we stopped accepting horror story submissions.)

It’s not the best way to count authors, but the system has submissions from just over 44,000 distinct email addresses and of those, 28,000 have only ever submitted one story. Three email addresses have broken 100 and a handful are approaching that milestone.

That’s a lot of people who have sent us their short fiction. Thank you and I look forward to reading the next 100,000! (Assuming they don’t all fall into the queue today.)