Issue 90 – March 2014


Editor’s Desk: Readers' Poll Results and Other Award News

Our 2013 Readers’ Poll closed last month and I’ve been patiently awaiting the opportunity to share the results with you. With no further ado, I present this year’s winners:

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First Place:
“Silent Oracle” by Matt Dixon

Second Place:
“Rainforest God” by David Melvin

Third Place:
“Lost in Space” by Piotr Foksowicz

Note: Matt took first place this year by a healthy margin, but over the month, five different works held the number two spot at least once.


Note: The top five stories were a total of ten points apart, with the gap between first and second being the only place where there was more than a three point difference.

Other Awards and Recognition

Locus Magazine released their recommended reading list and it included the following Clarkesworld stories:

The annual Locus Poll is now open to everyone.  You can participate at:

Hugo Award nominations are open until the end of this month. Unlike prior years, Clarkesworld is not eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. I encourage you to check out for a list of many eligible magazines you can nominate. Of course, our stories and editors are also eligible in the appropriate categories. (See: for a handy by-category list.)

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our subscribers and everyone else that has supported us financially last year. Becoming ineligible for the Semiprozine Hugo is a milestone for us. It means that with your help we’re moving towards our goal of becoming a full-time business. With that comes the time and resources to maintain and improve on what we can offer. We still have many milestones to go—for example, we’re still non-professional in the eyes of the World Fantasy Award—but your support provides the confidence we need to believe we can get there.

Thank you!

Author profile

Neil Clarke is the editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He is a ten-time finalist and current winner of the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form), has won the Chesley Award for Best Art Director three times, and received the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award from SFWA in 2019. His latest anthology, New Voices in Chinese Science Fiction (co-edited with Xia Jia and Regina Kanyu Wang), is now available from Clarkesworld Books. He currently lives in NJ with his wife and two sons.

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