I am very proud to announce the that following Clarkesworld stories and novelettes have been selected for the 2012 Locus Recommended Reading list:
- “Immersion” by Aliette De Bodard (June 2012, Short Story)
- “Scattered Along the River of Heaven” by Aliette De Bodard (January 2012, Short Story)
- “England Under the White Witch” by Theodora Goss (October 2012, Short Story)
- “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia (February 2012, Short Story)
- “Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson (August 2012, Short Story)
- “The Battle of Candle Arc” by Yoon Ha Lee (October 2012, Novelette)
- “Prayer” by Robert Reed (May 2012, Short Story)
- “To See the Other (Whole Across the Sky)” by E. Catherine Tobler (November 2012, Short Story)
- “A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones” by Genevieve Valentine (October 2012, Short Story)
- “Astrophila” by Carrie Vaughn (July 2012, Novelette)
Congratulations to everyone on this year’s list!
After a distressing trip to the electro-cardiologist (stats can be frightening), I decided that I needed to focus on some good news, so here is a list of the 2012 Clarkesworld stories that have been selected for year’s best anthologies:
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois ed.
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Seven, Jonathan Strahan ed.
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2013 Edition, Rich Horton ed.
The following 2012 stories from Clarkesworld Magazine has been selected to appear in THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR: VOLUME 7 edited by Jonathan Strahan:
Congratulations to Aliette, Kij, Catherynne and Genevieve!
You can find a complete table of contents for Jonathan’s book here.
The August 2012 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:
or help us pay the bills by purchasing Clarkesworld:
AUGUST 2012 – ISSUE #71
"Mantis Wives" by Kij Johnson
"Honey Bear" by Sofia Samatar
"Fade to White" by Catherynne M. Valente
The Spell of History: Magic Systems and Real-World Zeitgeists by Jeff Seymour
In a Carapace of Light: A Conversation with China Miéville by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Another Word: Plausibility and Truth by Daniel Abraham
Editor's Desk: Finding the Good in a Dark Day by Neil Clarke
This month's stories will be released in audio form on the 1st, 14th and 21st. Read by Kate Baker.
Space Journey by Martin Faragasso
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Last night, I received an email from a reader that included a quote and a link:
Clarkesworld Magazine has never made any claims to having a connection with Arthur C. Clarke. In fact, it bears the name of a bookstore I started over ten years ago (now closed) and that name came from the family domain I owned at the time. I know. Totally unimaginative.
Anyhow, "Spar" is a story we’re quite proud to have published. When we received this story from Kij, we knew it would trigger some passionate responses. The folks at Absolute Write haven’t said anything we haven’t before. In fact, it’s pretty tame. When "Spar" won the Nebula, one author said that Clarkesworld was killing the genre by publishing crap like this (despite that, he still submits stories to us) and a couple of people decided to make personal attacks (deleted, as per our policy) on Kij in the comments area for that story. Poke around the internet and you’ll find some very hateful comments about "Spar" that will cause these to pale in comparison.
On the flip side, "Spar":
- won the Nebula Award
- is a current Hugo nominee
- placed 2nd in the Locus Poll
- was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award (Kij withdrew it, she’s a judge)
- included in Strahan’s Year’s Best
- has received countless positive reviews and praise
If you want to kill the genre, you don’t do it by publishing controversial stories. In fact, you’ll know we’re all in trouble when no one is publishing them. Love or hate them, we need to celebrate these stories.
So, what are some of your favorite controversial stories?
The 2010 Locus Award finalists have been announced and (much to my surprise) Clarkesworld is a finalist in the magazine category! "Spar" by Kij Johnson also made the list in the short story category.
Thanks to everyone that voted for us. It means a lot to me.