Clarkesworld and the Hugo Awards

I am thrilled to announce that Clarkesworld Magazine has been nominated for a Hugo Award in the Best Semiprozine category. This is an incredible honor and we are extremely grateful to those of you who supported us in the nomination process. Thank you!

But wait, there’s more good news…

"Spar" by Kij Johnson and "Non-Zero Probabilities" by N. K. Jemisin are nominees in the Best Short Story category. This is Kij’s second BSSH nomination, Nora’s first Hugo nomination and the first time any Clarkesworld stories have been nominated. Congratulations to Kij and Nora!

I’m also very pleased to Lezli Robyn among this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Lezli’s first published story, "Idle Roomer" (with Mike Resnick), was published in our November 2008 issue. Good luck Lezli!

The full details for the 2010 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer can be found here. Congratulations to all our fellow nominees!

Issue #42 of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available

The March issue of Clarkesworld Magazine was posted yesterday. If you like what we do, please consider participating in our citizenship drive by making a a donation or purchasing a book.

FICTION
Alone With Gandhari by Gord Sellar
Alone With Gandhari (AUDIO VERSION) by Gord Sellar, read by Kate Baker
The History Within Us by Matthew Kressel

NONFICTION
A Terrifying Mix of Honesty and Rigor: A Conversation with Kij Johnson interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Future Brains: Neuroscience Fiction versus Neuroscience Fantasy by Luc Reid
COVER ART
Retro Robots by Georgi Markov

On the 15th of February, our podcast will feature The History Within Us by Matthew Kressel.

 

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.