A.C. Wise’s fiction has appeared in publications such as Uncanny, Clarkesworld, Tor.com, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Her work has won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, as well as twice being a finalist for the Sunburst Award, twice being a finalist for the Nebula Award, and being a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She has two collections published with Lethe Press, and a novella published by Broken Eye Books. Her debut novel, Wendy, Darling will be published by Titan Books in June 2021, and a new short story collection, The Ghost Sequences, will be published by Undertow Books in August 2021. In addition to her fiction, she contributes review columns to Apex Magazine and The Book Smugglers.


A.C. Wise has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

To Sail the Black

FICTION by A.C. Wise in Issue 170 – November 2020

The ghost ship Xanthic Promise sails the black, powered by the slumbering heart of a dying star. And its captain, Antimony Jones, stalks its decks in a swirl of crimson coat and fox fire lighting, dogged by voices. The recent dead, the long dead, and the dead-to-be, all murmuring as to how she’s only three […]

A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World

REPRINT FICTION by A.C. Wise in Issue 146 – November 2018

June 21, 2232—Svalbard The twenty-first of June, the Summer Solstice, the longest day and the shortest night. That means less here at the top of the world where, in this season, we have sunlight twenty-four hours a day. But it seemed like an appropriate day to start this project nonetheless. In just over a week, […]

Seven Cups of Coffee

FICTION by A.C. Wise in Issue 114 – March 2016

One Here, in this now, our first cup of coffee is still in your future. It’s 1941, and you’ve been married to your husband for two years, three months, and seven days. He doesn’t know about the way you look at the women in fashion magazines and clothing catalogs. The way you find yourself imagining […]

And If the Body Were Not the Soul

FICTION by A.C. Wise in Issue 109 – October 2015

Ro shoulders the courier bag, leaving the bike chained at the entrance to the Zone. Even here, at the edge, dampness permeates—the air green like a receding tide. The pavement is patchwork. Brick and stone shows through tears in the asphalt, wounds no one bothered to heal once the aliens moved in, once it was […]

The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution

FICTION by A.C. Wise in Issue 78 – March 2013

She’s not what you expected, Alma May Anderson, the last survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution. For one thing, her eyes are bluer. She must be a hundred if she’s a day, but her eyes are the blue of puddle-broken neon, and a postcard ocean, and the sky at noon. They are all the things […]

The Children of Main Street

FICTION by A.C. Wise in Issue 51 – December 2010

The first thing the children of the colony learned after the ship landed was how to change genders. They’d been born in the long dark between the stars; not one had ever set foot on Earth, on good, solid ground. They’d never known a fixed sky, just the star-shot dark tumbling past the ship’s portholes […]
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