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Neil Clarke is best known as the editor and publisher of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. Launched in October 2006, the online magazine has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine four times (winning three times), the World Fantasy Award four times (winning once), and the British Fantasy Award once (winning once). Neil is also a eight-time finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form), three-time winner of the Chesley Award for Best Art Director, and a recipient of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. In the thirteen years since Clarkesworld Magazine launched, numerous stories that he has published have been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, ...more

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Neil Clarke I ran an online bookstore for about eight years. We stocked over one hundred different genre magazines (I'm nuts) as well as books. These are the thre…moreI ran an online bookstore for about eight years. We stocked over one hundred different genre magazines (I'm nuts) as well as books. These are the three things that I think play into what people favor at any given time:

Variety:
I think that people (readers and authors) are more likely to experiment in the short form. It isn't a huge time investment, so I've seen more people more willing to read a short story by someone they've never heard of. I know that's introduced me to a lot of very talented authors and some great ideas. Some of those stories would have never worked as novels and others have later gone on to be expanded into novels or series of connected short stories that explore the world in a way that would have made a clunky novel.

Time:
When my kids were younger, I almost exclusively read short stories because that was all the time I had. In the car, I prefer short story podcasts for almost the same reason. Sometimes it's nice to be able to finish something you start.

Immersion:
Novels allow for more immersion. I know some people like to spend as much time as possible with their favorite characters or worlds, but I get frustrated when I see a series that looks like it's never going to end. I'd rather see the author start something new than take the series one book too far (much like some TV shows eventually jumping the shark).

If you lean too far into any of those categories you run the risk of missing some of the best our genre has to offer. (less)
Neil Clarke I had a heart attack nearly two years ago and the damage to my heart was significant enough to warrant the implantation of a defibrillator. As I was r…moreI had a heart attack nearly two years ago and the damage to my heart was significant enough to warrant the implantation of a defibrillator. As I was recovering from the surgery, I came up with the idea of creating the first cyborg anthology edited by cyborg. UPGRADED will be released this month and features twenty-six original stories by authors like Greg Egan, Madeline Ashby, Elizabeth Bear, Peter Watts, Ken Liu, and more... Full details at http://neil-clarke.com/books/upgraded/(less)
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As you might expect, most story submission trends in Clarkesworld‘s slush pile have been tossed out the window in 2020. After a significant dip in March (to around 950), submissions jumped in April and nearly reached 1200 in May.


Judging by email addresses, we’ve seen nearly double the volume of people submitting a story to us for the first time. (In reading slush, I was noticing a much higher num

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“We are a nation built on the promise that there are no roots. Every generation must be free to begin afresh somewhere else, leaving the old behind like fallen leaves.”
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“You said capitalism was an inevitability. That human civilizations converged on it. Because it was an effective algorithm to distribute resources and organize labor.”
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“The story of resource extraction has only two cases, okay? In the first case, the extractors arrive and make the local ruler an offer. Being selfish, he takes it and he becomes rich—never so rich as the extractors, but compared to his people, fabulously, delusionally rich. His people become the cheap labor used to extract the resource. This leads to social upheaval. Villages are moved, families destroyed. A few people are enriched, the majority are ruined. Maybe there is an uprising against the ruler. In the second case the ruler is smarter. Maybe he’s seen some neighboring ruler’s head on a pike. He says no thanks to the extractors. To this they have various responses: make him a better offer, find a greedier rival, hire an assassin, or bring in the gunships. But in the end it’s the same: a few people are enriched, most are ruined. What the extractors never, ever do in any case, in all your history, is take no for an answer. Zia, much as I enjoy our historical discussions— Ah, you see? And there it is—your refusal to take no. Talk is done, now we move forward with your agenda.”
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