James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards; his fiction has been translated into twenty-one languages. His most recent story collections were this year’s The Promise of Space from Prime Books and Masters of Science Fiction: James Patrick Kelly published by Centipede Press in 2016. His most recent novel, Mother Go, was published in 2017 as an Audible original audiobook on Audible.com. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.


James Patrick Kelly has the following works available at Clarkesworld:


REPRINT FICTION by James Patrick Kelly in Issue 143 – August 2018

For weeks, Sprite had told herself that Ratchanee Malakul was helping her hero get better, but no. “You have to accept that Jaran is never going to have sex with you,” the lifeguide told Sprite, as she was leaving on that last day. “But I’m his sidekick!” Sprite was shocked to her digital core. “I’m […]

Another Word: Listen Up!

NON-FICTION by James Patrick Kelly in Issue 134 – November 2017

I do not have many recurring nightmares, but in one that continues to horrify me, I am backstage at a theater watching a play. Suddenly the flustered stage manager braces me. “So-and-so didn’t show up,” she says. “You have to go on for him!” Quaking, I reply, “But . . . but . . . but I’m not an actor. I […]

One Sister, Two Sisters, Three

FICTION by James Patrick Kelly in Issue 121 – October 2016

This isn’t my story—I’m nobody. It’s my sister’s. Zana is the one who got away, leaving me on this sad little world where we were born. Where I’ll die someday, as the Divine Moya wills. Moya expects us to die, each and every one. That’s her plan for those who still follow the human way. […]

The Rose Witch

FICTION by James Patrick Kelly in Issue 95 – August 2014

Most in that country called Tzigana a witch, though never to her face. Now that she was dead, you would expect that the girls who had lived in her tumbledown house might say whatever they wished. But none dared speak against the old woman. All but one continued to bless her memory, constructing imagined kindnesses […]

1016 to 1

REPRINT FICTION by James Patrick Kelly in Issue 87 – December 2013

But the best evidence we have that time travel is not possible, and never will be, is that we have not been invaded by hordes of tourists from the future. —Stephen Hawking, “The Future of the Universe” I remember now how lonely I was when I met Cross. I never let anyone know about it, […]

The Promise of Space

FICTION by James Patrick Kelly in Issue 84 – September 2013

Capture 06/15/2051, Kerwin Hospital ICU, 09:12:32 . . . and my writer pals used to tease that I married Captain Kirk. A clarification, please? Are you referring to William Shatner, who died in 2023? Or is this Chris Pine, who was cast in the early remakes? It appears he has retired. Perhaps you mean the new one? Jools […]


FICTION by James Patrick Kelly in Issue 80 – May 2013

After years of planning and scheming, of deals honest and not, of sleepless nights of rage and cool days of calculation, Klary’s moment arrives when xeni-Harvel Asher, the ambassador from the Four Worlds, enters her gallery. As a concession to local xenophobia, the xeni is embodied as a human male. Of course, he is beautiful. […]