Called “Violent, poetic and compulsively readable” by Maclean’s, science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling writer born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, and the islands he lived on influence much of his work.

His Xenowealth series begins with Crystal Rain. Along with other stand-alone novels and his over fifty stories, his works have been translated into eighteen different languages. He has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. His latest novel is Hurricane Fever, a follow up to the successful Arctic Rising that NPR says will “give you the shivers.”

He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs.


Tobias S. Buckell has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

The Mighty Slinger

REPRINT FICTION by Karen Lord and Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 144 – September 2018

Earth began to rise over the lunar hills as the Mighty Slinger and the Rovers readied the Tycho stage for their performance. Tapping his microphone, Euclid noticed that Kumi barely glanced at the sight as he set up his djembe and pan assembly, but Jeni froze and stared up at the blue disk, her bass […]

A World to Die For

FICTION by Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 136 – January 2018

Your hunting party of repurposed, cobbled together and barely-repaired pre-Collapse electric vehicles sweeps across the alkaline rich dust flats of old farm land. The outriders are kicking up rooster tails of dust into the air behind them, their bikes scudding over the dirt and slamming hard into every divot and furrow. Pennants whip about in […]

The Fish Merchant

REPRINT FICTION by Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 119 – August 2016

Li Hao-Chang, standing in front of a colorful array of fresh-caught fish, bargains with a Cantonese peasant over the price of yellow-tailed snapper. Where the Wharf tapers out, and the harbor is too shallow for the larger trawlers, the fish market thrives over a patch of old concrete and dirt. The peasant finally offers enough […]

The Found Girl

FICTION by David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 72 – September 2012

Melissa stalked a trash compactor in the Elemental Caverns deep in the depths below the Street, where steam hissed from newly regrown pipes and oversized dendrites spread across the ancient brick of the connective tunnels. The glowing moss that dripped brown water filled the air with a faint glow, enough to let Melissa squint her […]

A Militant Peace

FICTION by David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 62 – November 2011

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. —Albert Einstein For Nong Mai Thuy, a Vietnamese sergeant in the Marine Police, the invasion of North Korea starts with the parachute-snapping violence of a High Altitude, Low Opening jump deep in the middle of the inky black […]

A Jar of Goodwill

FICTION by Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 44 – May 2010

Points On A Package You keep a low profile when you’re in oxygen debt. Too much walking about just exacerbates the situation anyway. So I was nervous when a stationeer appeared at my cubby and knocked on the door. I slid out and stood in front of the polished, skeletal robot. “Alex Mosette?” it asked. […]

Placa del Fuego

FICTION by Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 34 – July 2009

Tiago would normally have taken his cut of the picked pockets and stopped right here at the Seaside Plaza. On the very edge, past the vendors on the cobblestone sea walk, Tiago would sit with his legs over the rocky sea wall and look out over the harbor. Today he only detoured through the plaza […]

An Interview with Catherynne M. Valente

INTERVIEW by Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 17 – February 2008

Catherynne Valente was born in Seattle and spent time up and down the West Coast of the U.S. while growing up, and then struck out for Japan where she spent a great deal of time before coming to reside in Ohio. Catherynne’s story is not dissimilar from my own, living abroad before moving to Ohio, […]

An Interview with Daniel Abraham

INTERVIEW by Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 16 – January 2008

Daniel Abraham is a New Mexico-based writer. His short fiction started appearing in the late 90s in places like Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Abraham’s story Flat Diane was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2005 and won the 2005 International Horror Guild award, proving his strength in […]

An Interview with Sean Williams

INTERVIEW by Tobias S. Buckell in Issue 14 – November 2007

Sean Williams calls Adelaide, Australia, his home. Living in the flat and dusty South Australian landscape, his fantasy novels, particularly the Books of the Cataclysm, strongly resonate with the landscape he calls home. I first became aware of Sean shortly after winning the Writers of The Future contest in 2000. Sean, a winner from years […]
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