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Science Fiction & Fantasy







July 2016 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: What is it with Readercon?

July marks my annual pilgrimage to Readercon, a literary genre convention in Massachusetts, that this year has moved from Burlington to Quincy. No matter how amazing the new location turns out to be, I’m still going to have a special place in my heart for the old one. It was there, ten years ago, that [...]

June 2016 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: In My Own Way

Every story—and editorial—starts with a blank screen. I’m one of those people who is tortured by that field of white. In its presence, all my ideas fade to nothing. I used to think that public speaking was my nemesis. I still don’t like it, but at least there I have someone to bounce off of [...]

May 2016 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Stress Relief

One of the things I do to get some downtime is play video games and for almost two years I have spent a lot of time playing Bungie’s Destiny on the Xbox One with Sean and Kate. The game’s latest update came out last month and it was particularly well-timed. We’ve spent a lot of [...]

April 2016 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Best. Wife. Ever.

Typically, the art I select for the cover doesn’t have any particular connection to that issue’s contents. I’ve always viewed the cover as its own feature, independent of the rest. During one of my recent monthly art quests, I came across Rudy Faber’s “Robot in Love” and I knew right away that I wanted it [...]

March 2016 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Nebula Nominees and Reader's Poll Winners

Under normal conditions, I probably would have just launched into the results of our annual reader’s poll, but this month gave us something special. I’d like to take a moment to congratulate this year’s Nebula nominees. In particular, I’d like to call your attention to the short story category where three Clarkesworld stories have [...]

February ISSUE

Editor's Desk: The Roundup

Several quick things for you this month:
Annual Reader’s Poll
Our annual reader’s poll is currently open! Please take the opportunity to tell us about your favorite 2015 Clarkesworld stories and cover art. The poll closes on February 23rd and the results will be published in our next issue. Details can be found here.
Hugo Awards
The nomination period [...]

January ISSUE

Editor's Desk: The 2015 Reader's Poll and Contest

It’s time for our annual reader’s poll! Each year, we ask you to pick your favorite Clarkesworld story and cover art. Here’s a complete list of the original fiction we published in 2015:

“A Universal Elegy” by Tang Fei
“All Original Brightness” by Mike Buckley
“An Evolutionary Myth” by Bo-young Kim
“An Exile of the Heart” by Jay Lake
“And [...]

December 2015 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Hibernation Mode Activated

Some months knock you around. November was one of those for me. The first week was entirely absorbed by World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs. Under normal conditions, this would have been relaxing, but I had just come off preparing the November issue and had to pack books for my table in the dealer’s room. [...]

November 2015 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Making My Holiday Wish List

I’m going to keep it brief this month. My last two editorials have been on the heavier side of things, exposing some sad truths about short fiction reviews and short fiction magazines. They’ve generated a fair bit of discussion and I hope it continues to do so. As expected, there were some who tried [...]

October 2015 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: The Sad Truth About Short Fiction Magazines

Did you know that there are only three genre fiction magazines that completely support themselves from the revenue they generate? These are Analog, Asimov’s, and the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, collectively known as the Big Three. Others, like Tor.com and Subterranean (now closed), are supported by the revenue of their [...]