Clarkesworld Magazine

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal of writing a review of a literary journal or genre magazine each week. It’s been a fun and worthwhile project, but reaching the end in a few weeks is gonna be a relief. Founded in 2006, Clarkesworld Magazine publishes a monthly issues in print, electronic, and audio formats. What they say about themselves: Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in October 2006. Each issue contains interviews, thought-provoking articles, two reprints, and at least four or five works of original fiction. Our fiction is also available in ebook editions/subscriptions, audio podcasts, print issues, and in our annual print/ebook anthologies. Clarkesworld has been recognized with a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, and a British Fantasy Award. Our fiction has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, BSFA, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, Ditmar, Aurora, Aurealis, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.” Issue reviewed: Issue 170 (November 2020) Genre: Science fiction One Story I’ll Remember Not to Forget: “Lost in Darkness and Distance,” by Clara Madrigano. Mia is invited to a remote Caribbean island by her rich and eccentric uncle, where she meets a clone of her cousin Charlie, who’d died at a young age. To me, science fiction is at its best when it explores the consequences of extraordinary technology on ordinary people, and this story is a beautiful exploration of the necessity of grief. Clapperboard Rating: Three Klacks. Science fiction can be overly cerebral at times, and a few stories seemed more interested in ideas rather than character. Profanometer: Sonovabitch. A mixed bag once again, with some stories using profanity as a way of showing a character’s rugged character (a lazy approach in my opinion), and others throwing in a single f-bomb to mark the story as adult reading material.

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