written by David Steffen
Clarkesworld Magazine has been growing! Some time after my last Best of Clarkesworld post, they did a subscription drive where they promised to go from providing two stories per month to providing three stories per month. That drive was a success, and so they’ve been providing stories at the new rate for more than a year.
And now they’re working on yet another expansion. If they can get another push of subscribers in the near future, they’ll go up to 4 stories per month, which includes a podcast for each one. If you like the stories you read here, consider getting a subscription to help them produce even more! And, on top of that, they’ve brought in Gardner Dozois for a reprint division, which will be yet another story every month.
In September I had the pleasure of meeting Kate Baker, their podcast producer, host, and primary narrator at WorldCon. It was one of the highlights of a great week. She’s just as nice in person as she sounds on the podcast, and it felt very surreal to hear her voice when it wasn’t coming out of my iPod.
On to the list, which covers 53 episodes published since my last list in May 2011.
1. All the Painted Stars by Gwendolyn Clare
This is one of my Hugo/Nebula nomination picks for the year, with a shapeshifting alien POV that I found very enjoyable.
2. The Womb Factory by Peter M. Ferenczi
In the future, our products will still be made in 3rd world countries, but instead of being built by hand they will be grown in the wombs of the women who work their.
3. The Wisdom of Ants by Thoraiya Dyer
Great worldbuilding here with metal-eating ants.
4. What Everyone Remembers by Rahul Kanakia
Another great nonhuman POV story.
5. Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop by Suzanne Church
A story based in the club scene of the future.
Pack by Robert Reed
Immersion by Aliette de Bodard
One of this year’s Nebula nominees for Short Story category
Robot by Helena Bell
Another of this year’s Nebula nominees for Short Story category