2019 Readercon Schedule

My schedule for Readercon (July 11-14, Quincy, Massachusetts):

Friday
4:00 PM (Salon 4) The Spectrum of Short Fiction SF/F Editing
Mike Allen, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Mary Anne Mohanraj (mod), Sheila Williams
This panel of SF/F magazine and anthology editors will discuss different approaches to their work, from very hands-on to very hands-off. What are currently accepted best practices for editing — if consensus even exists on that — and how have they changed over time? Do editors still commission stories and collaborate almost to the point of coauthoring, or is that era over? And how can a writer submitting a story know what kind of editing they’re likely to get?

8:00 PM (Concierge Lounge) Kaffeeklatsches
Neil Clarke, Mary Anne Mohanraj

Saturday
2:00 PM (Salon B) Translation and Embedded Assumptions
Anatoly Belilovsky, John Chu, Neil Clarke, Pablo Defendini, Tamara Vardomskaya (mod)
In an interview with Fran Wilde, Emily Wilson described the effect of embedded cultural assumptions in translating The Odyssey — not only the assumptions in the original Greek, but the assumptions that past English translators have imposed on the text. Panelists will discuss how translators can and should approach these challenges.

You’ll also be able to find me at the Clarkesworld table in the Dealer’s Room.

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.

2019 Nebula Conference

Tomorrow morning I’m boarding a flight for LA and going to the SFWA Nebula Conference. I’ll be on the following panels on Friday:

  • 10:00-11:00 – Short Fiction Contract
  • 3:30-4:30 – Navigating as “Gatekeepers” of Publishing

and participating in the mass signing event from 1:30-3:30 on Saturday.

I’m also going to be receiving a Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community” at the Nebula Awards ceremony on Saturday night. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. It’s quite an honor and a bit overwhelming. I’d also like to congratulate Nisi Shawl, who will also be receiving a Solstice Award this year. Sadly, she’ll be unable to attend.

Norwescon 42

I’m off to my first Norwescon (SeaTac, WA) next week! Very flattered to be one of the Guests of Honor (as Honored Professional) this year alongside Mary Robinette Kowal (Writer), Tran Nguyen (Artist), Dan Koboldt (Science), Nancy Pearl (Special), and Subterranean Press (Spotlight Publisher). I’m flying in on Wednesday and taking the red-eye home on Sunday night. At present, my schedule is as follows:

Thursday

  • Guest of Honor Banquet – 5:00PM – 6:30PM
  • Opening Ceremonies – 7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Grand 3
  • Norwescon Writers Workshop Meet & Greet – 8:00pm – 9:00pm
    Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson, Carol Berg, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke, Craig Laurance Gidney

Friday

  • Norwescon Writers Workshop Critique Session – 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Welcome to Slush – 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 9
    Jaime O. Mayer, Coral Moore, Cory Skerry, Neil Clarke, Yilin Wang
  • Lifetime Members’ Dinner – 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday

  • Autograph Session 1 – 10:00am – 11:00am @ Grand 2
  • Autograph Session 2 – 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Grand 2
  • Interview and Q&A with Neil Clarke – 12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Evergreen 3 & 4
    Neil Clarke, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson
  • The New Norwescon Writers Workshop Q&A – 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 11
    Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson, Carol Berg, Craig Laurance Gidney, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke
  • Start a Small Press, E-zine, or Web Comic – 3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 10
    Lee Douglass (M), Patrick Swenson, Neil Clarke, Yanni Kuznia
  • Norwescon Writers Workshop Reception – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
    Sienna Saint-Cyr, Carol Berg, Barth Anderson, Craig Laurance Gidney, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke

Sunday

  • Genres Without Borders – 10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 12
    Neil Clarke (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Yilin Wang
  • Writing for Anthologies – 12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 12
    K.G. Anderson (M), Marta Murvosh, Neil Clarke, Yanni Kuznia
  • Closing Ceremonies – 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Evergreen 3 & 4

Boskone 2018 Schedule

I’ll be attending Boskone this weekend. My schedule is as-follows:

The Perfect Short Story
15 Feb 2019, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Marina 4
Neil Clarke, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Hand, Suzanne Palmer, Ellen Datlow

On the page, short fiction is, well, finite. But don’t you remember as much from a great short story as a great novel? Can a short story be perfect in a way a longer fiction can’t? What can you do in a short story that you can’t at greater length? Are SF/F/H short stories different from mainstream shorts in any interesting ways? What are your candidates for perfect genre short stories? What makes them so great?

Kaffeeklatsch: Neil Clarke
15 Feb 2019, Friday 19:00 – 19:50, Galleria – Kaffeeklatsch 1

Got a Great Anthology Idea: Now What?
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 14:00 – 14:50, Marina 2
Robert B. Finegold M.D., Ellen Datlow, Neil Clarke, Julia Rios, Melanie Meadors

From Year’s Best to themed stories, general topics, and shared worlds, any number of concepts would make fantastic anthologies. However, even a great concept can be a hard sell. If great ideas don’t guarantee a sale, what does it really take? What kinds of collections do people want to read, or more to the point, what are they willing to buy? Whether you are a genre luminary who is guest-editing an annual anthology, or a new editor — what are the critical steps to conceiving, planning, and implementing the pitch, sale, and production of an anthology? And what do you do when you just can’t sell the book, despite a list of fantastic contributors?

Gardner Dozois and the Influence of Editors on SF
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Harbor II
John R. Douglas, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Neil Clarke, Ellen Asher, Ellen Datlow

Do editors simply publish what readers want to read? Or do their tastes dictate the field’s character and direction? NESFA Press Memorial Guest Gardner Dozois edited Asimov’s magazine from 1984 to 2004, and the Year’s Best SF anthologies from 1984 until his death last year. Our panel of stellar SF/F/H editors will examine his work and their own for insights into editing, writing, reading, and the care and feeding of the fantastic.

Tough Love for New Writers
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 20:00 – 20:50, Burroughs
Brett James, E. C. Ambrose, Neil Clarke, Gillian Daniels, Joe Monti

The writing profession is tough, but not without opportunities. If you have a thin skin, need quick gratification, or aren’t in it for the long haul, give up now. Still interested? Where does a wordsmith go to hone his skill? Where can a writer find a critique group? From online to print, a plethora of publications are accepting submissions. Some of them reject with lightning speed; others take months to say no! But say an acceptance arrives. Some pay; some don’t. What does “success” really mean? And why should you plan on keeping your day job for a long, long time?

Autographing: Neil Clarke, Julie C. Day, S L Huang, Christine Taylor-Butler
17 Feb 2019, Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Galleria

Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award

SFWA announced this yesterday:

Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards To Be Presented to Nisi Shawl and Neil Clarke

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards will be presented to Nisi Shawl and Neil Clarke at the 54th Annual Nebula Conference.

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given by SFWA for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community. Shawl and Clarke join the ranks of previous winners, including Octavia E. Butler, James Tiptree, Jr., Tom Doherty, Carl Sagan, and Sheila Williams. The award ceremony will be a part of the SFWA Nebula Conference taking place at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA on May 16th-19th, 2019.

Full press release here: nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-the-2019-kate-wilhelm-solstice-award-recipients

I’m simply overwhelmed and grateful to SFWA for this honor. Thanks to everyone that has been sending me congratulations. At one point Twitter stopped letting me reply thinking I was spamming. I’m still speechless. I mean, look at the previous winners. Nisi and I just joined a very elite club. (Congrats Nisi!)