Kelly Robson’s short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld,, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and multiple year’s best anthologies. Her book “Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach” will be published this March from Publishing. In 2017, she was a finalist for the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the 2016 Aurora Award and was a finalist for both the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives in Toronto with her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica.


Kelly Robson has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Another Word: The Trouble with Utopia

NON-FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 148 – January 2019

In a previous Another Word column, I got grumpy about dystopias. They’re fun, but often also a bit of a cop-out from a worldbuilding point of view. A dystopia instantly feels momentous, serious, tense. The more dystopian the setting, the weightier the story, increasing the chances that the story will be taken seriously. A dystopia […]

Two-Year Man

REPRINT FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 147 – December 2018

Getting the baby through security was easy. Mikkel had been smuggling food out of the lab for years. He’d long since learned how to trick the guards. Mikkel had never been smart, but the guards were four-year men and that meant they were lazy. If he put something good at the top of his lunch […]

A Study in Oils

FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 144 – September 2018

Halfway up the winding cliffside guideway, Zhang Lei turned his bike around. He was exhausted from three days of travel and nauseated, too, but that wasn’t the problem. He could always power through physical discomfort. But the trees, the rocks, the open sky above, and the mountains closing in—it was all too strange. He kept […]

Another Word: Luke Versus Han: An Approach to Characterization

NON-FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 136 – January 2018

I’ll always be grateful to Steven Barnes. At Orycon 2012, he passed on advice that made a huge difference to my writing. Steven said, when we get a story idea, we usually know either the character or the problem. To develop the story, we can ask ourselves the following questions: If we know the character, […]

Another Word: The Dream of Writing Full Time

NON-FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 132 – September 2017

I love my job. No, really. I love my job. Not writing (which I adore), but my other job. The eight-to-four, five-days-a-week office job. You might call it my day job, but really, it’s just my job. And I love it. Have I made that clear? It’s not a glamourous job. It’s not exciting or […]

We Who Live in the Heart

FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 128 – May 2017

Ricci slipped in and out of consciousness as we carried her to the anterior sinus and strapped her into her hammock. Her eyelids drooped but she kept forcing them wide. After we finished tucking her in, she pulled a handheld media appliance out of her pocket and called her friend Jane. “You’re late,” Jane said. […]

Another Word: Being James Tiptree, Jr.

NON-FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 127 – April 2017

In 2013, my wife Alyx and I blew up our life, lunged across the continent, and started afresh in Toronto. After twenty-two years of comfort and stability in Vancouver, we were on the hunt for a new home and new jobs, and had to renegotiate all the relationships one takes for granted when one is […]

Another Word: Dystopias Are Not Enough

NON-FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 124 – January 2017

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Janet Kagan’s Nebula-nominated, Hugo award-winning novelette “The Nutcracker Coup.” Published in Asimov’s in 1992, it’s the story of Marianne, a human functionary of the galactic government who unwittingly sparks a revolution on the planet Rejoicing, which is populated by charming, porcupine-like aliens suffering under the heavy-booted rule of a cruel […]

Another Word: On Being a Late Bloomer

NON-FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 120 – September 2016

I always wanted to be a writer. That’s not unique. Many writers have their destiny revealed in childhood. Like others with this particular itch, I read voraciously, and when I bought my first Asimov’s magazine at the age of sixteen—a moment embedded in my senses more vividly than my first kiss—I knew I had to […]

The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill

FICTION by Kelly Robson in Issue 101 – February 2015

“I rise today on this September 11th, the one-year anniversary of the greatest tragedy on American soil in our history, with a heavy heart . . . ” —Hon. Jim Turner September 9, 2001 Jessica slumped against the inside of the truck door. The girl behind the wheel and the other one squished between them on the bench seat […]
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