Clarkesworld #62

It is that time of the month again, and the new issue of Clarkesworld is online. Here’s what we have for you in November.

Our headline story is “A Militant Peace” by David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell. David is a Marine combat veteran, which is a good start for writing stories about the military. There’s no audio version as yet. The east coast of the USA has been hit by some pretty bad weather and last I saw from Twitter Kate’s power was out, and not expected back on until Sunday. We’ll get the audio up as soon as we can.

The second story for November is “The Smell of Orange Groves” by Lavie Tidhar. Not Florida oranges, of course, or even California ones. The story is set in Tel Aviv.

Also in this issue is the second part of Catherynne M. Valente’s “Silently and Very Fast”. The final part will appear in the December issue.

If that’s not enough Cat for you, then Neil is also publishing a short collection of her work titled Myths of Origin. The contents include two books that I reviewed in Emerald City: The Labyrinth and Yume No Hon. Cat’s much better at plot these days, and her writing is accordingly much more accessible, but these are two magnificently lyrical works and well worth getting hold of if you love words. I see that in the review of Labyrinth I compared Cat to Dylan Thomas. I didn’t know then that she was a huge fan of the Welsh master poet, but I guess it came across in the words.

I’m not sure about ebook availability for Myths of Origin, but you can bet I want to sell that book.

Jeremy has gone all weird this month, and that’s hardly surprising given the arrival of the VanderMeers’ massive anthology, The Weird. To celebrate we have a round table featuring K.J. Bishop, Ramsey Campbell, Steve Duffy, Jeffrey Ford, Stephen Graham Jones, Garry Kilworth, Kathe Koja, Leena Krohn, Michael Shea, William Browning Spencer, and Gio Clairval. All of them are contributors to The Weird.

My own column features an article by British writer, Nathaniel Tapley. It is called “Tea, Robot?”, and as you might imagine it focuses on that terribly proper but fearlessly resolute British hero, the middle class chap. Read it with a cup of tea in hand. And try not to giggle while drinking it.

Neil’s editorial introduces the new non-fiction editor who will be taking over from me, probably in January as I have one more article in the pipeline. I’m delighted to say that Neil has acquired the services of the author of one of my favorites from the articles I have published: Jason Heller, who gave us “Moonage Daydream: The Rock Album as Science Fiction”. I wish Jason all the best with his tenure on the magazine, and look forward to seeing what he produces.

Our November cover is by the magnificent Julie Dillon. “Planetary Alignment” is the work that won this year’s Unpublished Color category in the Chesleys. Well, I guess it is published now. Yet more fabulous artwork for our portfolio. So proud.