Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for three Nebula awards, two Hugo Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. They include her Andre Norton- and Compton Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor, 2015); its sequels, Cloudbound and Horizon; the middle-grade novel Riverland (forthcoming from Abrams in April 2019); and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary.” Her short stories appear in Asimov’s,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington Post,, Clarkesworld,, and You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.


Fran Wilde has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Another Word: A Flock of Crows in a Swan Suit

NON-FICTION by Fran Wilde in Issue 150 – March 2019

rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno ~ Juvenal Modern Translation: Whelp, I sure didn’t see that coming. Recently at a convention, my friend Paul di Filippo moderated a panel where he asked several of us about writing near-future science fiction. Paul invoked Charles Stross’ World building 404: The unknown unknowns regarding worldbuilding, especially in […]

Another Word: Keeping Time

NON-FICTION by Fran Wilde in Issue 143 – August 2018

Motion was once the enemy of time. Dust still is. Depending on when and where it is, a clock in motion may lose increments of time in the form of water drops, humidity, sun angles or clouds, gear ticks, pendulum swings, grit, gravitational pull, and more. One of humanity’s great challenges is to reduce those […]

Another Word: A Brief Parable about Exchanges Between Time, Independence, Technology, and Privacy

NON-FICTION by Fran Wilde in Issue 137 – February 2018

Economies of time, independence, technology, and privacy intersect in many places, especially in this mostly shiny now-future we programmed for ourselves. For me, one intersection is primarily in my refrigerator. Another’s in how I get where I want to go. As a person with mobility and weight-bearing concerns, what I’m somewhat reluctantly giving up in […]

Another Word: Invisible and Visible Engineering in Science Fiction

NON-FICTION by Fran Wilde in Issue 130 – July 2017

In science fiction and fantasy, scientific heroics sometimes occur in concentric rings—in the lab, in the field, on the ship. They come in career rings also—from astronomer and physicist to theoretical chemist and astrophysicist (there are a lot of flavors of physicists in hard SF), to linguists, xenobiologists, and more. Out of all of these, […]

Another Word: The Ship’s Voice: A Risk Analysis and Modest Proposal

NON-FICTION by Fran Wilde in Issue 121 – October 2016

I’ve been thinking about voice a lot, about who speaks, who is heard, and how. Automated voices in particular are interesting, found in everything from our handheld robots to our future means of travel off planet. Who—and what—we listen to, and don’t, and why, and how? This impacts us greatly going forward. Also I’ve been […]

Another Word: Very Close Now

NON-FICTION by Fran Wilde in Issue 113 – February 2016

Virtual (adj.): (1) very close to being something without actually being it; (2) existing or occurring on the internet. source: Merriam-Webster /Advertising voice: The virtual is coming! It’s already here! You missed it! Here it comes again! This time, yours for $500./ In the latter days of the previous millennium, Janet Murray’s Hamlet on the […]