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May 2019 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: I Don't Want to Bother You

One of my favorite things about working in the science fiction field—even all the way back to my days as a bookseller—is the people I get to work with, be it staff, authors, artists, other editors, or fellow fans. Most days, I’m physically isolated from that world and as an introvert that actually works well [...]

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

Electronic Music, Science Fiction, and AIs: A Conversation with Jean-Michel Jarre

For some, science fiction has a sound. A notion of which I was reminded when an opportunity to meet French electronic music pioneer, Jean-Michel Jarre, presented itself in December. It can be argued that no other genre of music better represents what I hear in my mind as the soundtrack for space, science fiction, and [...]

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

Editor's Desk: Finalists, Translations, and Awards

There’s a lot to cover this month so I’m going to dive right in. We held a two-day nomination period for the Clarkesworld Magazine Reader’s Poll in January. Similar to last year, the shortened nomination phase appears to have minimized the attempts at ballot-stuffing without any significant impact on the total number of participants. It [...]

January 2019 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: 2018 Reader's Poll

It’s almost time to pick your favorite Clarkesworld story and cover art from 2018 in our annual reader’s poll! Last year, we switched to a two-stage voting system—more like a traditional two-round genre award—and we intend to use the same model again this year.
Phase 1: Nominations (mid-January)
Later this month, we’ll open for a forty-eight hour flash nomination [...]

December 2018 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: A Note to End On

You might be wondering why there’s only one reprint this month. Earlier this year, I mentioned that I wanted to phase out the reprints and replace them with more original content. We’re still a good way from reaching the subscription milestone that will allow us to make that change, but we’re slowly moving in the [...]

November 2018 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Wouldn't it be Nice?

I’ve already forgotten where and why, but I was recently reading an article that included a interesting passing comment—one or two wealthy Silicon Valley tech-types could completely change the literary landscape by annually donating a few million to one or two dozen organizations. It’s essentially a return to the old-school patronage model, but with publishers [...]

October 2018 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: After the Dirty Dozen

It looks like October has swung back around already. That means Clarkesworld has turned twelve and is now in its thirteenth year. Good thing we’re not superstitious! However, it occurs to me that I’m a bit overdue on another, “where we’re going” editorials, so this seems like a good time to jump in and do [...]

September 2018 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Another Post-Con Crash

It’s been over a week, but I’m still a bit worn out from the San Jose Worldcon. Part of that is my usual post-con introvert crash and the rest is from the breakneck schedule I kept while there. I only had a couple of panels, but my calendar was filled with meetings, meals, and other [...]