Please Support Clarkesworld via Patreon or with a Digital Subscription.

Science Fiction & Fantasy







August 2018 ISSUE

Augmentations, Assassins, and Soundtracks: A Conversation with Emily Devenport

As we continue to receive images from exploration vehicles launched years ago from deep within our own solar system, our imaginations look farther into the black abyss of space. Once we’ve finished pillaging this planet, or this planet is finished with us, will there be another home floating out there? How will we get there [...]

July 2018 ISSUE

Dependent Intelligence, Humanism, and a City in a Paragraph: A Conversation with James Patrick Kelly

The human aspect can often be overlooked in genres concerned with generation ship space battles, warring factions of angels, or titans of industry fighting for mining rights on the moon. When an author reigns in the trappings of science fiction and fantasy to make it hit closer to home, to focus on the human element, [...]

June 2018 ISSUE

Book covers, Moorcock, and The Mexicanx Initiative: A Conversation with John Picacio

The visual arts and genre fiction have always evolved together. Beautiful art complements a story while the story can help a reader find a deeper appreciation for an artist’s brushstrokes. One inspires the other and vice versa.
John Picacio has long been one of the premiere artists working in science fiction and fantasy publishing. His work [...]

May 2018 ISSUE

Spies, Radios, and the Afterlife: A Conversation with Hannu Rajaniemi

The afterlife has long been a source of fascination for storytellers. Ancient myths describe golden fields or a place in the clouds. But what if the afterlife and technology are closely linked? Hannu Rajaniemi explores an afterlife that allows for communication via radio waves in his new novel.
In Summerland, it’s the 1930’s. The east and [...]

April 2018 ISSUE

Quarks, Colonialism, and Alternate Realities: A Conversation with Vandana Singh

Reading widely, strangely, and diversely rapidly pushes out the boundaries of what you thought possible within the confines of your own imagination. The more you read, the more your conscious and subconscious mind laps up new imagery and ideas. Frequently, your new favorite author is the one that has shown you whole new worlds.
From eleventh [...]

March 2018 ISSUE

Poetry, Philosophy, and Welsh: A Conversation with Jo Walton

Words are a kind of music. Writers who listen know this better than most. The crescendo of action gets punctuated by silence making both all the more palpable. The proper combination of words swirl through a reader’s mind forming characters and stories as varied as the depths of the imagination. A poet knows the musical [...]

February 2018 ISSUE

Classics, Companionship, and a Creature: A Conversation with John Kessel

Classics are classics for a reason. Whether they’re the first of their kind or they redefine a genre, they’ve earned their place in the common consciousness as paragons of literature. They’ve been dissected, analyzed, and pored over for years by curious minds itching to find something undiscovered within their texts. But it’s rare to find [...]

January 2018 ISSUE

Clever Plants, Generations, and Translations: A Conversation with Sue Burke

It’s inevitable that we’ll take to the stars to spread humanity beyond the confines of our blue and green orb. With new discoveries every month, planets not unlike our own are becoming more common. Unable to look closer, we can only speculate as to what we’ll encounter when we finally send a ship deep into [...]

December 2017 ISSUE

Bradbury, Lake, and The Named Lands: A Conversation with Ken Scholes

Worlds encompassed in books often extend past the pages. Rivers and mountain ranges spill over the margins slipping through gaps in fingers as they make their way through a reader’s mind. Worlds built over the course of a book series breathe and expand with the lives and machinations of characters and civilizations. Even when series [...]

November 2017 ISSUE

Husky Genes and the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Paul McAuley

The only constant in life is change. For better or worse, everything is in flux. The more technologically advanced humans become, the more power we have to change the planet on a global scale. We’re already using science and technology to change ourselves.
Austral by Paul McAuley shows us a world [...]