June 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Publishing Turns Like a Battleship

There was a time in my life when I frequented a lot of online message boards. These days, I still do occasional drive-bys to see what’s going one in that corner of the universe. One of the places I’ve been popping into lately is frequented by many self-published authors. While there, I stumbled across a [...]

May 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Day of the Wineberry

The Triffids, Biollante, and other infamous plant monsters have a new colleague. Like Biollante, it’s a fast growing invader from Japan, but this one has taken up residence in my backyard. It has whip-like thorny appendages and can be very territorial.
Last month, I made the mistake of stepping too close to its [...]

April 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: How Did This Happen?

As last month came to a close, the World Science Fiction Association announced the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards. If you’ve missed the news, you can find the complete list of nominees at, but I’d like to take a moment to spotlight the Clarkesworld nominees:

Best Novelette: “Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente

March 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Forwards and Backwards

Since my heart attack last summer, I’ve been trying to come up with something that would show my appreciation for all the support I received from our readers. One obvious option is to continue to build upon and strengthen what we’ve created here at Clarkesworld. Last month, I mentioned our intention [...]

February 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Upgrades and Reader's Poll Winners

A few months ago, I found out that my heart attack had placed me on the path to becoming a cyborg. Last month, my wife and I drove to the hospital and within a few hours the transition was complete. It’s considered minor surgery when they implant a defibrillator, but anytime they snake a wire [...]

January 2013 ISSUE

2012 Reader's Survey

Now that 2012 is over, it’s time for our annual reader’s survey. In this year’s survey, you’ll have the opportunity to select your favorite stories and cover art from our 2012 issues, provide some us with some feedback, and optionally, tell us a bit about yourself. Feel free to use the comments on this post [...]

December 2012 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Getting off the Roller Coaster

As those who have been reading my blog or prior editorials know, 2012 has been a roller coaster year for me. Between the heart attack, kidney stone, deaths in the family, defibrillators, award nominations and still being alive, I’m never quite sure what to make of things. Shortly after writing my previous editorial, Hurricane Sandy [...]

November 2012 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: I, Cyborg

Sometime in the next month, I will become a cyborg. My “upgrade” won’t be anything cool like a bionic eye or cranial jack and it won’t be as painful as becoming a Cyberman. I never expected to become a cyborg at forty-six, but thanks to my July heart attack, my heart has sustained enough damage [...]

October 2012 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Six and Counting

We have some news to report this month. First of all, this is our sixth anniversary issue. The last six years have been amazing and you have helped make that possible. Many thanks for your support as we’ve continued to grow in both content and word count! I’m eager to see what opportunities arise [...]

September 2012 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Professionally Speaking

I’m quite happy to report that since the last issue, I have not seen the inside of an emergency room. I’m still on the mend from my heart attack, but doing well enough to keep my doctors pleased.
I had hoped to spend the first weekend in September in Chicago, the site [...]