Science Fiction & Fantasy






May 2014 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: The Five Percent

I find writing an editorial to be a difficult task. I think this one remained a blank document for the first two weeks I tried to write it. Then the Hugo Award nominees were announced and suddenly I had something I could focus on. If you’ve been following this year’s nominations and controversies surrounding some [...]

April 2014 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Supporting our Favorites

The nomination period for the Hugo Awards came to a close at the end of March. As has become tradition in recent years, many fans and professionals took to blogs and social media to either direct attention to their eligible works, make a case for their favorites, or remind you to vote. Yes, I am [...]

March 2014 ISSUE

Editor’s Desk: Reader’s Poll Results and Other Award News

Our 2013 Reader’s Poll closed last month and I’ve been patiently awaiting the opportunity to share the results with you. With no further ado, I present this year’s winners:
Cover Art

First Place:
“Silent Oracle” by Matt Dixon


February 2014 ISSUE

Editor’s Desk: Support Jay Lake

Over the years, I’ve taken advantage of these editorials to point out worthy causes and the good that our community has done. I’ve had the opportunity to talk about things that have ranged from crowdfunding projects by some of our authors to the amazing support my family and I received after my [...]

January 2014 ISSUE

Editor’s Desk: Anthologies, Patreon, and the 2013 Reader’s Poll & Contest

Happy New Year!
If you are new to the Clarkesworld family, you may not know that we also publish an annual anthology series that collects all the original fiction published over the course of a year. The first two volumes went by the name Realms 1 and 2, but since then they’ve carried the Clarkesworld name. [...]

December 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Behind the Scenes Tour

Last month, I provided the numbers behind Clarkesworld, but numbers alone don’t give you the whole story of what it takes to produce this magazine. As promised, this month I will not only reveal some of what goes on behind the scenes but who is responsible for each issue.
Original Fiction
As mentioned in my previous editorial, [...]

November 2013 ISSUE

Editor’s Desk: Year Seven by the Numbers

In June 2012, I wrote an editorial for the data junkies and people who wanted to get a snapshot of the data we have about Clarkesworld. Since then, I’ve received numerous requests to reprise the research as an annual “year in review.” As we’ve just finished up our seventh year of publication, I thought this [...]

October 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Seven and Counting

This issue marks the seventh anniversary of Clarkesworld Magazine. When we began publishing Clarkesworld in 2006, we started small—publishing two stories (each under four thousand words long) and a cover in each issue. Over the years we’ve gradually expanded, offering non-fiction, additional original stories, and most recently, reprints. We owe a debt of gratitude to [...]

September 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Post-Apocalyptic Publishing

In anticipation of our seventh anniversary issue next month, I’ve been trying to compile my thoughts on what we’ve done and where we’ll be going. It’s been a fairly chaotic time for magazines and publishing in general. I suppose that’s one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. In the grand [...]

August 2013 ISSUE

Editor's Desk: Returning to the Scene of the Crime

It’s time to be honest—I was very nervous about heading back to Readercon last month. I know the convention had nothing to do with last year’s heart attack, but it was the scene of the crime. Still I persevered and was welcomed back by many friends, old and new. In the end I’m glad my [...]