Neil Clarke

Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 Contents and Cover Reveal

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year – Volume 6

Night Shade Books – November 2021
ISBN-10: 1949102521 (hardcover), 194910253X (trade paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1949102529 (hardcover), 978-1949102536 (trade paperback)

The sixth volume in my year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2020.

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Table of Contents

  • “Scar Tissue by Tobias S. Buckell (Future Tense Fiction, May 30, 2020)
  • “Eyes of the Forest by Ray Nayler (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2020)
  • “Sinew and Steel and What They Told by Carrie Vaughn (, February 26, 2020)
  • “An Important Failure by Rebecca Campbell (Clarkesworld Magazine, August 2020)
  • “The Long Iapetan Night by Julie Novakova (Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December 2020)
  • “AirBody by Sameem Siddiqui (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2020)
  • “The Bahrain Underground Bazaar by Nadia Afifi (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2020)
  • “Lone Puppeteer of a Sleeping City by Arula Ratnakar (Clarkesworld Magazine, September 2020)
  • “Your Boyfriend Experience by James Patrick Kelly (Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams)
  • “Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars by Mercurio D. Rivera (Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2020)
  • “The 1st Interspecies Solidarity Fair and Parade by Bogi Takács (Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva)
  • “Oannes, From The Flood by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Yellow and the Perception of Reality by Maureen McHugh (, July 22, 2020)
  • “Exile’s End by Carolyn Ives Gilman (, August 12, 2020)
  • “Invisible People by Nancy Kress (Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams)
  • “Red_Bati by Dilman Dila (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki)
  • “Textbooks in the Attic by S.B. Divya (Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva)
  • “Seeding the Mountain by M. L. Clark (Analog Science Fiction & Fact, September/October 2020)
  • “Knock Knock Said the Ship by Rati Mehrotra (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2020)
  • “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air by Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed Magazine, August 2020)
  • “Tunnels by Eleanor Arnason (Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June 2020)
  • “Test 4 Echo by Peter Watts (Made to Order, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Uma by Ken Liu (Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love by Usman T. Malik (Wired, December 11, 2020)
  • “The Translator, at Low Tide by Vajra Chandrasekera (Clarkesworld Magazine, May 2020)
  • “Fairy Tales for Robots by Sofia Samatar (Made to Order, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “This World is Made for Monsters by M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2020)
  • “Elsewhere by James S. A. Corey (Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Salvage by Andy Dudak (Interzone, January/February 2020)
  • “The Long Tail by Aliette de Bodard (Wired, November 30, 2020)
  • “Rhizome, by Starlight by Fran Wilde (Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva)
  • “How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar by Rich Larson (, January 15, 2020)

Cover art: “FOSS_STATION77” by Pascal Blanché.

Clarkesworld Year Twelve Anthologies

The long-overdue Clarkesworld Year Twelve anthologies are now available for purchase! These two volumes contain all the stories published in Clarkesworld Magazine‘s twelfth year, covering issues 133-144 (October 2017-September 2018). Click on a cover for a complete table of contents.

Clarkesworld Year Twelve: Volume One Clarkesworld Year Twelve: Volume Two

Available in trade paperback from (volume 1, volume 2)

and ebook from (volume 1, volume 2)
Apple (volume 1, volume 2)
B&N (volume 1, volume 2)
Kobo (volume 1, volume 2)

New design for Clarkesworld

For several months, we’ve been working on a design overhaul for Clarkesworld and testing it with a few of our Patreon supporters. After a server outage earlier this year, we made the decision to change hosting companies. Our original host was someone who generously provided free hosting to us for many years, but we eventually outgrew what we could do there. The plan was to change hosts and roll out the new site as the same time. The submission system is largely unchanged, but we did take advantage of this time to make some behind-the-scenes changes there too. Nothing visible, but it will be important to future updates.

Anyhow, the new site is up (or will be for you after DNS updates around the internet over the next 24 hours) and looks like this on a laptop:

If you run into glitches, errors, or other issues on the new site, please email me. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the new design and features that are part of this version.

The url is


2021 Hugo Nominee

Very pleased to once again be a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form). I’m keeping great company.

A big thank you to everyone that nominated me this year.

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists!

Clarkesworld 2020 Numbers

Strictly by the numbers, here’s a quick snapshot of Clarkesworld’s 2020 output.

  • 12 issues
  • 69 authors
    • 36 authors had never been published in Clarkesworld before
    • 8 (possibly 10) had never been published before, 2 others were first professional sales
  • 76 stories (classified by Hugo Award categories below)
    • 44 short stories
    • 30 novelettes
    • 2 novellas
  • 552,820 words total
  • 0 solicited works (all works were published from open submissions, not by invitation)
  • 24 interviews
  • 12 articles
  • 76 podcasts
  • 12 works of art for our cover

On seeing that we crossed the half-million words mark in 2020, I thought I should see how many words were submitted. Turns out that the 2020 slush pile contained 63,752,717 words.

Boskone 2021 – Virtual

I’ll be attending the virtual Boskone convention this weekend. I’m on the schedule for two items on Saturday (the 13th):

From Podcasting to Patreon, How to Make and Market Your Creative Work
11:30 AM EST – 12:30 PM EST | 1 hour

Indy Room B
1:00 PM EST – 2:00 PM | 1 hour

Convention details here.

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