Clarkesworld Magazine – November 2011

Despite Mother Nature's best efforts, we now present issue sixty-two of Clarkesworld Magazine. If you enjoy it, please consider supporting us by making a donation, buying one of our books, or subscribing on the Kindle or Kindle App for iPad/iPhone/Android.

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The Fifth Anniversary Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

We're five and now, thanks to our Kindle subscribers, we're bigger than ever. That's right, we hit our target and starting in this month, we are publishing three stories per each issue!

As usual, if you enjoy what we're doing, please consider supporting us by making a donation, buying one of our books, or subscribing on the Kindle or Kindle App for iPad/iPhone/Android.

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Clarkesworld Stories on the Locus Recommended Reading List

The Locus Magazine 2010 Recommended Reading List is in their current issue. Several stories from Clarkesworld Magazine made the cut:

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SHORT STORY

Congratulations to all!  I think this may have been our best showing ever.

For those that care… I’m currently working on my annual analysis of the short fiction category and should have that data and more for you today or tomorrow. First impression: this may be the first year that online magazines dominated the category.

August Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The August issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now online. If you like what we do, please consider participating in our citizenship drive by making a a donation, purchasing a book or an ebook.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time by Catherynne M. Valente
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time (AUDIO VERSION) by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Kate Baker
Messenger by Julia M Sidorova

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Even the Best Stories Have Flaws: Inside Altered Fluid interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Drawing the Lines around a Moving Object by Neil Clarke

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Watcher of Merlin by David Melvin

On the 15th of August, our podcast will feature Messenger by Julia M Sidorova

 
The Kindle edition of this issue will be available from Amazon later this week, but EPUB (Sony/Apple/Nook/etc.) and MOBI (Kindle/Mobipocket) are available now from the Wyrm Publishing ebookstore.

Two Clarkesworld Stories Picked for Year’s Best Anthologies

Rich Horton and Jonathan Strahan have announced the table of contents for their upcoming year’s best anthologies!  Clarkesworld is represented by:

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 4, Jonathan Strahan ed.

  • "Spar" by Kij Johnson

The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2010 Edition, Rich Horton ed.

  Congratulations to Kij and Catherynne!

World Fantasy Convention 2009 – A Quick Summary

World Fantasy Con in two words:  ENERGIZING and EXHAUSTING

THURSDAY: The LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD party was Thursday night.  Kudos to everyone involved in running the party. It was a blast. The evening started slow, but it built up quickly and turned into a lot of fun. I sold a bunch of copies of LDBH at a table there and later helped Jeff and Ann VanderMeer (the book’s editors) hand out the first ever Last Drink Bird Head Awards. (Jeff details here.) I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Jeff and Ann had selected me for the Last Drink Bird Head Special Achievement Award, which will now be named after me. (Don’t we have a Clarke Award already?) Anyhow, I was pretty incoherent when the time came to accept. I was caught off-guard and was running on a total of 7 hours sleep in the previous 66 hours. I have no idea what I said, but I do recall several moments of being unable to say anything.
 
FRIDAY: Spent a lot of time hanging out in the Dealer’s Room trying to figure out why the Prime Books table was so well-hidden in the room configuration. Sean was kind enough to offer me some space to sell some of the Wyrm books, including Last Drink Bird Head. Over the course of the weekend, many LDBH contributors stopped by there to sign copies. I shipped a few boxes home, so once those arrive, I can start sending out the preorders. The evening was capped by dinner with Sean and my new distributor (details forthcoming) and a bunch of parties.

SATURDAY: A highlight of this day was going to Kij Johnson’s reading of "Spar" from last month’s issue of Clarkesworld. All I can say is WOW. Afterwards, I had the pleasure of speaking to her for a few minutes. By the way, the signed sheets that she read from are now safely tucked into a special section of my collection.

The attending Clarkesworld fiction staff (Nayad, Sean, Sean, and friends/family) got together for dinner that night. The restaurant nickeled-and-dimed for everything you’d expect to be included in a meal at a Chinese restaurant, but the company was excellent and I remember laughing a lot. Sleep deprivation removes most of the details, but I think I remember something about Muppet Baby Zombies and other invented slush horrors. Later, more parties, more new friends, and lots of talking.

SUNDAY: The big day. The World Fantasy Awards. We were up for the Special Award: Non-Professional and Catherynne M. Valente’s Clarkesworld story, “A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antartica” was in the running for best short story. Neither of us won, but I can’t complain about who either of us lost to. At some level, I suspected we’d lose to Michael Walsh. Book publishers have won the lion’s share of the awards in the category over the last ten years and Mike was overdue for some recognition. During the judge’s panel afterward, they indicated that our category had been one of the easy ones to decide, being settled after their first round of email. They also said that they had thought “outside the box” in making their selections, specifically mentioning The Mythopoeic Society and Elise Matthesen (an artist who inspired writers through jewelry-making) . Since only three of the five nominees are picked by the judges, I’m going to assume that Electric Velocipede and Clarkesworld were voted in. In which case, THANK YOU! to all the voters.  I’ve asked and no, they don’t release the details of the voting that selects those two nominees. It’s a shame, because I’d really like to know how things shook out in the various categories. I should have asked why.

Anyhow, congratulations to the winners! In the end, it was nice to see so many friends and Clarkesworld contributors among the winners. I think the one I was happiest about was PAPER CITIES (edited by Ekaterina Sedia) winning for Best Anthology. (In the after panel, the judges indicated that picking the winner in this category was easy.) If you haven’t read this one… go buy it now.

I opted to take a red-eye home Sunday night, so my time after the awards was limited to packing boxes and some quick good-byes. Soon, the super shuttle came to take me to San Francisco airport (cheaper to fly from and had direct flights to Newark) and off I went. I arrived home early Monday morning was tackled by my boys shortly after I came through the door. It’s good to be home.