#RRSciFiMonth: Review: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue #94

clarkesworldClarkesworld Magazine Issue 94

Published July 1st 2014 by Neil Clarke

As with any magazine and short story collection, the contents can be hit or miss, depending on your personal preferences. This issue of Clarkesworld begins with five short stories, some by names I know well, and others, not so much. While I liked some far more than others, what really impressed me was how skilled each of the five authors were in crafting such unique worlds, complete with dialect, cultures, technology and/or magics, within so few words. It just goes to show that less can be a whole lot more, and I appreciate the opportunity to read such works.

If I have to choose a favourite, it would be Yoon Ha Lee‘s “The Contemporary Foxwife.” This is a quite little scifi tale about a young woman who unexpectedly earns herself an unusual companion. This is the second short story I’ve read by this author, and I really love the way she incorporates elements of Asian culture and mythology.

The issue featured an article filled with math and statistics, which aren’t my thing, but I did skim through enough to get the gist of the author’s points on the apparent imbalance in gender in genre fiction. Meanwhile, an interview with Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance author, Jeff VanderMeer. And I took particular interest in James L. Sutter’s article on the tie-in novel, something, apparently, people shun, feeling that it’s not real novel writing. I’m a huge fan of tie-in novels, so I’m certainly not in that boat, but I understand the sentiment, since I happen to feel that way about movie novelizations.

Clarkesworld is the first genre fiction magazine that I’ve subscribed to (well, the first since my LucasArts subscription when I was a kid), and I’ve been really impressed with it. The covers are all stunning, and the words have all been profound in some way or another.

9 Comments on “#RRSciFiMonth: Review: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue #94”

  1. I’ve heard lots of good things about this publication, but I just always have too many books to read, and squeezing in short stories for pleasure just isn’t my first thought when I have free time. But I love knowing things like this are out there:-)


    • Confession: I’ve had the subscription for a while, but have only finally read one, using scifi month as motivation. I’m glad I finally did though, and am looking forward to going back through my collection.


    • These stories are, I think, a bit shorter than the usual short stories in the larger collections (or at least it seemed so to me). Yet, I think they did a much better job of fleshing everything out, within such a short time. They didn’t waste time on world building, yet formed such complete environments. Very well done.


  2. I’ve gotten away from reading magazines, but I used to have SO many subscriptions. Seriously! It was almost as bad as my current book addiction. LOL This particular one sounds nicely put together, although I’m with Melliane, too Sci Fi for me.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads


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