Issue 30 – March 2009


2008 Readers' Poll Results

At the end of February, we closed things up on our 2008 Readers' Choice Poll and started evaluating the data. In comparison to last year, we had a significant number of stuffed ballots. Our standard policy in these situations is to delete all votes made by anyone who votes two or more times for the same item. We had to delete a lot of votes.

The final results are:

Best Short Story

  1. A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antartica by Catherynne M. Valente (May 2008, Issue 20)
  2. The Completely Rechargeable Man by Karen Heuler (December 2008, Issue 27)
  3. Idle Roomer by Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn (November 2008, Issue 26)

Best Cover Art

  1. TIE Floating Fish by Matts Minnhagen (April 2008, Issue 19) and "Colorless" by Patipat Asavasena (July 2008, Issue 22)

  2. TIE Nomad by Pascal Blanche (March 2008, Issue 18) and Into the Depths by Patrick Reilly (September 2008, Issue 24)

  3. TIE Fractured Thoughts by Ray Toh (January 2008, Issue 16) and The Traveller & the Chook by David Renn (November 2008, Issue 26)

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who voted!


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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