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May 2019 ISSUE

Tick-Tock

Him
Alone in the darkness, he counts the tick-tocks.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve . . .
There are sixty seconds in a minute.
His thumb slides from the tip of his index finger to the second knuckle.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve . . .
There are sixty minutes in an hour.
He [...]

May 2019 ISSUE

Tick-Tock

This episode features “Tick-Tock” written by Xia Jia. Originally published in Chinese SF Comet. Published in the May 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/xia_05_19

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April 2019 ISSUE

Syria, Time, and Typewriters: A Conversation with Jack Skillingstead

Wishing to change the past is a common thought we all entertain. Whether it is to right a wrong, avoid regret, or to extend a kindness we didn’t have time for at the moment, hindsight provides a view of the good, the bad, and the murky. Messing with timelines has long been a popular topic [...]

April 2019 ISSUE

Shadows, Swordplay, and Ballroom Dancing: A Conversation with Anna Kashina

Most of us are prone to flights of fantasy. We imagine ourselves capable heroes of a mythical kingdom full of mystery, intrigue, swordplay, and magic. But fantasy stories are often shackled by shadows of elves, rings, and medieval knights. When a fantasy novel brings ideas both new and surprising, it’s worth celebrating.

Anna [...]

April 2019 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: An International Journey

On more than a few occasions, I’ve been asked to explain my interest in international science fiction—and in particular—works in translation. With this month marking the publication of the first of nine translated South Korean stories in Clarkesworld, I thought it might be a good time to dig into that and explore our journey.
Truth be [...]

March 2019 ISSUE

The Magician's Garden

It’s a very old trope in fantasy stories and games: the wizard or healer who needs an incredibly rare, delicate, or deadly flower, leaf, root, or bark for a critical bit of magic, and the plant from which it grows may only be found an inconvenient distance away. It may be that the spell is so rarely [...]

March 2019 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: A Celebration of Many Things

Our annual Reader’s Poll came to a close last month as six finalists for our best cover and story of 2018 competed against one another in a second round of voting. Each and every one of these works would have been a worthy winner.
Finalists for Best Story

“Dandelion” by Elly Bangs (September)
“The Anchorite Wakes” by R.S.A. [...]

February 2019 ISSUE

The Butcher of New Tasmania

This episode features “The Butcher of New Tasmania” written by Suo Hefu. Published in the February 2019 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/suo_02_19_reprint

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February 2019 ISSUE

The Butcher of New Tasmania

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February 2019 ISSUE

Mother Tongues

“Thank you very much,” you say, concluding the oral portion of the exam. You gather your things and exit back into the brightly lit hallway. Photos line the walls: the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu. The sun shines on each destination, the images brimming with wonder. You pause before the Golden [...]