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July 2019 ISSUE

Wu Ding's Journey to the West

The Second Law of Thermodynamics: In the natural course of things, the chaos (or “entropy”) of a closed system can only decrease. Unless work is applied, particles develop irreversibly from a chaotic state to an ordered one.
“For you, Wu Ding.”
The government official took out an embroidered pouch that was supposed to contain 40 silver taels, [...]

July 2019 ISSUE

One in a Million

“After so many years, it is strange that we should thus meet again, Estella, here where our first meeting was! Do you often come back?”
–Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
One in a million. In a billion. That’s the life we lived. Like a particle of dust floating in the infinite ocean. Just that. And here we [...]

June 2019 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Living Through the Solstice

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Nebula Conference run by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The conference was in Los Angeles this year, so after an early morning cross-country flight and a long drive through the never-ending LA traffic, I arrived at the hotel and settled in. Over [...]

May 2019 ISSUE


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


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.

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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. [...]