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Science Fiction & Fantasy







April 2016 ISSUE

Transparency and Transformation: A Conversation with David Brin

If there ever was an argument in favor of sci-fi influencing scientific advancement, the work of David Brin would surely be a cornerstone. From his novels and ambitious short fiction to his research into cometary studies, optics, and spacecraft design, David Brin is not only dreaming about the future, but, in some ways, helping to [...]

March 2016 ISSUE

All the Words in the Sky: A Conversation with Charlie Jane Anders

There’s a dividing line, however fuzzy, between magic and science. The mysteries and miracles are pitted against the hard numbers and plausible explanations. Fantasy versus Science Fiction. Charlie Jane Anders’ new novel explores this boundary and finds it to be thinner and more porous than we originally thought.
To shove All The Birds In The Sky [...]

February ISSUE

Sapient Animals and Memory Particles: A Conversation with Lawrence M. Schoen

Life, death, and prophecy are common themes. When an author approaches them from a new angle, it’s like seeing a familiar photograph with a fresh set of eyes. In the case of Lawrence M. Schoen’s new novel, we get to see through a fresh set of animal eyes.
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard was recently released from [...]

January ISSUE

Painterly Cyborgs and Distant Horizons: A Conversation with Julie Dillon

I first came across the beautiful artwork of Julie Dillon right here at Clarkesworld. Since the September 2010 Issue, her illustrations have graced the cover of this magazine fifteen times. Her style is unique and instantly recognizable for its engaging use of color and naturally flowing shapes. From elemental giants to cyborgs in need of [...]

December 2015 ISSUE

The Humble Swashbuckling Grandmaster: A Conversation with Gene Wolfe

I first met Gene Wolfe in San Jose, CA in May of 2013. He had just received his well-deserved SFWA Grand Master Award in front of adoring peers and fans. Throughout the weekend, I watched as his autographing line never seemed to diminish, legions of readers eager to have their books signed by a master.
Despite [...]

November 2015 ISSUE

Words with Wings: A Conversation with Fran Wilde

I met Fran Wilde years ago through a mutual friend and fantasy author. In the time that I’ve known her, she’s published brilliant short fiction and incisive articles on the art of fiction. Her debut novel Updraft, was released from Tor Books this past September.
Updraft is the story of Kirit Densira and her attempt to [...]

October 2015 ISSUE

Radiant Metafiction: A Conversation with Catherynne M. Valente

Sometimes a short story can contain an entire solar system. Catherine M. Valente’s “The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew” is one such story. Published in the August 2009 issue of Clarkesworld, it served as the spark for her latest novel.
Radiance, out from Tor Books on October 20th, is a wildly ambitious novel that not only [...]

September 2015 ISSUE

Traitors and Tough Decisions: A Conversation with Seth Dickinson

The first story I ever read by Seth Dickinson was published right here in Clarkesworld. With “Morrigan in the Sunglare,” I was introduced to an author concerned with complexities and subtleties, power, and hate. His stories dive deep under the emotional and societal surface to explore the more challenging parts of being human.
The Traitor Baru [...]

August 2015 ISSUE

Writing for Video Games: A Conversation with E. Lily Yu, Yoon Ha Lee, Robert Reed, Seth Dickinson, and Karl Schroeder

Contemporary video games with science fiction and fantasy settings, such as last year’s Destiny, are often conceived on grand production scales and have movie-sized budgets. They attract prime Hollywood voice talent, are accompanied by full original orchestral scores, and so on. We thought it would be fun to catch up with some of the writers [...]

July 2015 ISSUE

Tripping the Light Fantastic: An Interview with Pan Haitian

When I arrived in China I spent a lot of time trying to find local examples of my two passions: comics and science fiction. Although everyone I met seemed far too busy learning English, preparing for their college entrance exams, hanging out in internet cafes, or (the most popular option in Harbin, where a typical [...]