If you’re like me, you don’t have time to read every issue of Clarkesworld — even though you probably should. It is a three-time winner of the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, and in 2013 it received more Hugo nominations for short fiction than all the leading print magazines combined. Wouldn’t it be great if every year editors Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace gathered all the fiction in Clarkesworld into one big volume, so you could catch up on everything you missed at the end of the year?
Well, actually, they do. Every year Neil and Sean assemble every story from the previous year into a single generous volume, and this year is the biggest yet: 448 pages, collecting all 38 stories published in 2015, from authors like Michael Swanwick, Robert Reed, Sean Williams, N. K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Dale Bailey, Naomi Kritzer, Maggie Clark, E. Catherine Tobler, Ken Liu, Matthew Kressel and many others. The book also serves as a fund-raiser for the magazine (which is available free), and every purchase helps support the magazine.
It’s a marvelous bargain, and it helps support one of the finest publications in the industry. What more could you ask for?
Here’s the complete table of contents.
Introduction by Neil Clarke
Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick
Mystic Falls by Robert Reed
Weather by Susan Palwick
Human Strandings and the Role of the Xenobiologist by Thoraiya Dyer
A Gift in Time by Maggie Clark
Never Dreaming (In Four Burns) by Seth Dickinson
Wine by Yoon Ha Lee
The Cuckoo by Sean Williams
Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion by Caroline M. Yoachim
Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela
Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable by Cat Rambo
Grave of the Fireflies by Cheng Jingbo
Bonfires in Anacostia by Joseph Tomaras
Stone Hunger by N. K. Jemisin
The Contemporary Foxwife by Yoon Ha Lee
Suteta Mono de wa Nai by Juliette Wade
The Saint of the Sidewalks by Kat Howard
Daedalum, the Devil’s Wheel by E. Lily Yu
The Rose Witch by James Patrick Kelly
The Creature Recants by Dale Bailey
Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy by Xia Jia
Of Alternate Adventures and Memory by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
wHole by Robert Reed
Pepe by Tang Fei
The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul by Natalia Theodoridou
Bits by Naomi Kritzer
Communion by Mary Anne Mohanraj
The Aftermath by Maggie Clark
Water in Springtime by Kali Wallace
Soul’s Bargain by Juliette Wade
The Symphony of Ice and Dust by Julie Novakova
Migratory Patterns of Underground Birds by E. Catherine Tobler
Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points by JY Yang
Autodidact by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Morrigan in the Sunglare by Seth Dickinson
The Clockwork Soldier by Ken Liu
The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye by Matthew Kressel
About the Authors
We covered two previous volumes in this series:
See the latest issue of Clarkesworld, issue #113, here.
Clarkesworld: Year Eight was published by Wyrm Publishing on February 22, 2016. It is 448 pages, priced at $17.99 in paperback and $6.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Matt Dixon.
See all our latest New Treasures here.