Clarkesworld Receives Grant to Publishing Korean Science Fiction

In May 2015, Clarkesworld published “An Evolutionary Myth” by Bo-Young Kim, translated from Korean by Gord Sellar and Jihyun Park. I am pleased to announce that Clarkesworld Magazine has now received a grant from the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) to translate and publish nine more Korean science fiction stories in 2019.

The process for selection and translation of stories will be similar to the model developed for Clarkesworld‘s Chinese translation project, which has recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. In that model, a group of people serve as a recommendation team that will provide story notes and details to Neil Clarke for evaluation and selection. Stories will then be confirmed for English language availability, contracted, and assigned to one of several translators.

At present, our schedule calls for the first translation to published in our April issue, replacing a fiction slot currently occupied by a reprint. Stories are scheduled to appear monthly through the end of the year. If a translation is late–we’d rather it be right than rushed–two translations will run in the next available issue.

We are very grateful to LTI Korea for giving us this opportunity to publish more works in translation and look forward to working with a group of authors that is mostly new to English language audiences. I would also like to thank Alex Baek (LTI), YK Yoon (Korea SF Association), Gord Sellar, and Jihyun Park for their input and assistance on both this grant and the project itself.

Kickstarter Update

The Kickstarter for One Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight and Other Stories by Xia Jia has reached the 50% mark in its first week! Still a long way to go, but this is very good news. Later this week, I’ll be posting the first of our stretch goals to the campaign page, but in the meantime…

Today is the Spring Festival, the first day of the Year of the Pig.  It’s the perfect time to read (or re-read) Xia Jia’s story about common people’s life in near future China, “Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy” (translated by Ken Liu) at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/xia_09_14/ 

If you enjoyed that story and would like to see more of her work translated into English, please consider supporting this campaign or telling some friends about it.