Issue 162 – March 2020


Editor's Desk: The Best from 2019

Over the last two months, our readers have been helping us select the best story and cover art that we published in 2019. While the first round went very smoothly, there were several easily-spotted attempts to stuff the ballot in round two. With that obvious exception, we’d like to thank everyone who participated this year. It was a very exciting race to the finish!

Best Cover of 2019

The result for best cover art was extremely close between the top three from beginning to end and the others were never that far behind. Only one point separated 2nd from 3rd place.

3rd Place: “Adaptation” by Beeple (October)


2nd Place: “Halo” by Derek Stenning (December)


And our winner is:

“Vertigo” by Matt Dixon (May)


Best Story of 2019

After a tight race to make the final ballot, I wasn’t sure what to expect in this category. For the first few days, it looked like we’d have more of the same, but gradually, five separated from the pack and exchanged the top spot on an almost daily basis.

3rd Place: “The Sun from Both Sides” by R.S.A. Garcia (May)

2nd Place: “Such Thoughts Are Unproductive” by Rebecca Campbell (December)

And our winner is:

“Give the Family My Love” by A. T. Greenblatt (February)

Congratulations to our winners and all the finalists!

Additional congratulations are due to this year’s story winner, A. T. Greenblatt. “Give the Family My Love”  has also been announced as a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story!

Our cover art winner, Matt Dixon, will also be launching a Kickstarter campaign for his sixth book of robot art on March 10th. If you liked his cover, you’ll probably want to check it out.

I’m also happy to report that I’ve been given the all-clear by my doctors to resume normal activities again. Thank you all for your support and patience over the last couple of months. It’s been rough and I look forward to having some semblance of normalcy return to my life in the weeks ahead.

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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