Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 37 PDF ☆ Clarkesworld

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 37 PDF ☆ Clarkesworld


Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 37 ➹ [Read] ➵ Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 37 By Neil Clarke ➼ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk FICTIONSpar by Kij JohnsonOf Melei of Ulthar by Gord SellarNON FICTIONKeeping Ahead of the Fear A Conversation with Ken Scholes by Jeremy L C JonesForever The Iconic Poe of the 21st Century by GA Buch FICTIONSpar by Kij JohnsonOf Melei of Ulthar by Gord SellarNON FICTIONKeeping Ahead of the Fear A Conversation with Ken Scholes by Jeremy L C JonesForever The Iconic Poe of the st Century by GA Buchholz.

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  • Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 37
  • Neil Clarke
  • English
  • 22 October 2016

About the Author: Neil Clarke

Clarkesworld Magazine Launched in October the online magazine has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine four times winning three times the World Fantasy Award four times winning once and the British Fantasy Award once winning once Neil is also a eight time finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form three time winner of the Chesley Award for Best Art Director and a recipient Clarkesworld Magazine, PDF or of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award In the thirteen years since Clarkesworld Magazine launched numerous stories that he has published have been nominated for or won the Hugo Nebula World Fantasy Sturgeon Locus BSFA Shirley Jackson WSFA Small Press and Stoker AwardsAdditionally Neil edits .



10 thoughts on “Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 37

  1. Unsung Stories Unsung Stories says:

    Spar is an unrepentant and harrowing story Anyone who reads the first sentence can tell you that However it's much than that This is art as a dark mirror Essentially Spar is the acid test as to whether you want to be entertained by literature or edified It doesn't have a grand arc exciting plot development and characters you can really root for in a fist pumping way Instead it dwells on the traumatising and corrosive potential of relationships with death or escaping with the remnants of your life being the only hopes for changeIt's really important with this story to focus on what it means what the purposes of it is If you don't do that you end up wallowing in a sordid mess of alien sex and a very real discomfort There's to it than that and it reuires you to focus Despite the story describing aliens and escape pods the context here is much closer to home; It's about communication and being trapped It's about damaging and broken relationships when you suddenly realise you don't know who you're sleeping with If you don't have any frame of reference on that then you're a lucky personIt's best to heed Johnson's own words on Spar For her it's a story about what can happen as the people we love turn into non communicative aliens with whom we share a bed And a story about sex with an alien because it's that or die of boredom All the other things — the weird Stockholm Syndrome dynamic; the fear of leaving a familiar situation however horrific; the cruelty that comes from familiarity — evolved in the rewrite It's interesting to me how what I saw as the primary and very obvious theme of the story is the one people notice leastIn some ways I'm the lucky one because having written it I can walk away Readers are stuck with it in their minds”She's right it's unforgettable affecting in a really savage way It's not nice but it is excellent

  2. Tym Tym says:

    Weird and gross not my thing but it is well written

  3. Poornapragna Rao Poornapragna Rao says:

    I don't really have an issue with the supposed gross nature I don't mind graphic or violent narration That is not the reason for the 1 star ratingI just didn't get it at all I generally don't understand any of the experimental weird and this feels like one of them And I didn't get this either I didn't understand or like anythingI've been told now after I finished reading that it's a metaphor for being in a relationship without understanding and only sex That was not evident to me I'm letting the rating stay at 1 star

  4. Lionel Lionel says:

    First things first WTF I read a review Unsung Stories' and then I understood what is was about But it is a short story that in the end has nothing to do with sci fi and well if I need an explanation either it is really not for me or it is bad I am going to go with the former but

  5. Alice Cradle Alice Cradle says:

    This is an absurd stream of consciousness about human alien copulation It is a kind of long winded and romanticised tale of interspecies and intergalactic violence and rape The profanity feels tackled on and is either for pure shock value or to convey a kind of black humour In fact what it reads most like is one of those 4 chan posts where thirteen year olds try to be as outrageous and sexual as possible and at the same time pretend that the fetish pornography their writing has some deeper richer meaning It is also fake the sexual undertones are clearly not the author's actual sexual fantasy This faux sexy tale is just her trying to be the woman who writes sex in an explicit manner in order to subvert traditional gender roles that suggest women are weak passive and asexual but she ends up ironically reinforcing these stereotypes by showing she has no real interest in graphic or kinky sex which is why she writes it with no excitement or passion The alien story which explains the union of these two unlikely lovers is scarcely there It is erotic pulp with hundred year old cliches about colliding star ships and such nonsense Her human lover whom she tells us about in flashbacks is so bland I don't know if I forgot his name or she simply never told us it He does wonderfully original romantic things like uote poetry and Shakespeare and she does the modern cliche of being the woman who just wants sex and tells him she does not want to listen to pretty words another tired attempt at gender role reversal that never rings true Especially as she lets him read it to her in the end anyway and seems to enjoy it and certainly remembers the incident with notable clarity something you would only expect from someone who recalls the event tenderly and fondly The weak and utterly over done in literature underlying metaphor seems to concern how tiring and soul crushing emotionless pointless sex for mere fleshly pleasures can get There are pointless graphic scenes that seem to serve to highlight the frailty of the human body as if this sad point about our vulnerable biology has not been made for eons The will she be rescued or languish in the be slimed clasp of his assailing tentacles forever subplot and the ending where it looks like she won't escape but then lo and behold is suddenly saved was sadly predictable A rehashed again and again plot twist of a plot twist that people should consider forgoing

  6. Julia Julia says:

    “In the tiny lifeboat she and the alien fuck endlessly relentlessly” So begins this gross little short story which sadly just gets worse from there There’s almost no plot of which to speak A mid space collision between two starships results in two survivors—one human one alien—climbing into a very tiny lifeboat together And then fucking Endlessly Relentlessly Disgustingly But not it should be stated pornographically There is nothing titillating about their sex In fact it’s not even clear that having sex is what they mean to do—hence the title “Spar” Still this story is most definitely not my cup of tea and it comes as uite a shock too since Johnson is obviously capable of writing pieces much interesting and much thought provoking than this dreck Bleack

  7. Ellie Strasser Ellie Strasser says:

    I've never read something with so much sexual content that wasn't the least bit erotic on purpose I've never read anything uite like this and I'm still not uite sure what to make of it Is it gross? Horrifying? Would anyone do the exact same thing in her situation? I'm still not sure what to make of it

  8. Carmella Carmella says:

    Well written sex horror story? Disgustingly filthy? Both Nebula Award? That´s too much

  9. Matthew McKenna Matthew McKenna says:

    Wow

  10. George George says:

    Spar is an unrepentant and harrowing story Anyone who reads the first sentence can tell you that However it's much than that This is art as a dark mirror Essentially Spar is the acid test as to whether you want to be entertained by literature or edified It doesn't have a grand arc exciting plot development and characters you can really root for in a fist pumping way Instead it dwells on the traumatising and corrosive potential of relationships with death or escaping with the remnants of your life being the only hopes for changeIt's really important with this story to focus on what it means what the purposes of it is If you don't do that you end up wallowing in a sordid mess of alien sex and a very real discomfort There's to it than that and it reuires you to focus Despite the story describing aliens and escape pods the context here is much closer to home; It's about communication and being trapped It's about damaging and broken relationships when you suddenly realise you don't know who you're sleeping with If you don't have any frame of reference on that then you're a lucky personIt's best to heed Johnson's own words on Spar For her it's a story about what can happen as the people we love turn into non communicative aliens with whom we share a bed And a story about sex with an alien because it's that or die of boredom All the other things — the weird Stockholm Syndrome dynamic; the fear of leaving a familiar situation however horrific; the cruelty that comes from familiarity — evolved in the rewrite It's interesting to me how what I saw as the primary and very obvious theme of the story is the one people notice leastIn some ways I'm the lucky one because having written it I can walk away Readers are stuck with it in their minds”She's right it's unforgettable affecting in a really savage way It's not nice but it is excellent

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10 thoughts on “Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 37

  1. Unsung Stories Unsung Stories says:

    Spar is an unrepentant and harrowing story Anyone who reads the first sentence can tell you that However it's much than that This is art as a dark mirror Essentially Spar is the acid test as to whether you want to be entertained by literature or edified It doesn't have a grand arc exciting plot development and characters you can really root for in a fist pumping way Instead it dwells on the traumatising and corrosive potential of relationships with death or escaping with the remnants of your life being the only hopes for changeIt's really important with this story to focus on what it means what the purposes of it is If you don't do that you end up wallowing in a sordid mess of alien sex and a very real discomfort There's to it than that and it reuires you to focus Despite the story describing aliens and escape pods the context here is much closer to home; It's about communication and being trapped It's about damaging and broken relationships when you suddenly realise you don't know who you're sleeping with If you don't have any frame of reference on that then you're a lucky personIt's best to heed Johnson's own words on Spar For her it's a story about what can happen as the people we love turn into non communicative aliens with whom we share a bed And a story about sex with an alien because it's that or die of boredom All the other things — the weird Stockholm Syndrome dynamic; the fear of leaving a familiar situation however horrific; the cruelty that comes from familiarity — evolved in the rewrite It's interesting to me how what I saw as the primary and very obvious theme of the story is the one people notice leastIn some ways I'm the lucky one because having written it I can walk away Readers are stuck with it in their minds”She's right it's unforgettable affecting in a really savage way It's not nice but it is excellent

  2. Tym Tym says:

    Weird and gross not my thing but it is well written

  3. Poornapragna Rao Poornapragna Rao says:

    I don't really have an issue with the supposed gross nature I don't mind graphic or violent narration That is not the reason for the 1 star ratingI just didn't get it at all I generally don't understand any of the experimental weird and this feels like one of them And I didn't get this either I didn't understand or like anythingI've been told now after I finished reading that it's a metaphor for being in a relationship without understanding and only sex That was not evident to me I'm letting the rating stay at 1 star

  4. Lionel Lionel says:

    First things first WTF I read a review Unsung Stories' and then I understood what is was about But it is a short story that in the end has nothing to do with sci fi and well if I need an explanation either it is really not for me or it is bad I am going to go with the former but

  5. Alice Cradle Alice Cradle says:

    This is an absurd stream of consciousness about human alien copulation It is a kind of long winded and romanticised tale of interspecies and intergalactic violence and rape The profanity feels tackled on and is either for pure shock value or to convey a kind of black humour In fact what it reads most like is one of those 4 chan posts where thirteen year olds try to be as outrageous and sexual as possible and at the same time pretend that the fetish pornography their writing has some deeper richer meaning It is also fake the sexual undertones are clearly not the author's actual sexual fantasy This faux sexy tale is just her trying to be the woman who writes sex in an explicit manner in order to subvert traditional gender roles that suggest women are weak passive and asexual but she ends up ironically reinforcing these stereotypes by showing she has no real interest in graphic or kinky sex which is why she writes it with no excitement or passion The alien story which explains the union of these two unlikely lovers is scarcely there It is erotic pulp with hundred year old cliches about colliding star ships and such nonsense Her human lover whom she tells us about in flashbacks is so bland I don't know if I forgot his name or she simply never told us it He does wonderfully original romantic things like uote poetry and Shakespeare and she does the modern cliche of being the woman who just wants sex and tells him she does not want to listen to pretty words another tired attempt at gender role reversal that never rings true Especially as she lets him read it to her in the end anyway and seems to enjoy it and certainly remembers the incident with notable clarity something you would only expect from someone who recalls the event tenderly and fondly The weak and utterly over done in literature underlying metaphor seems to concern how tiring and soul crushing emotionless pointless sex for mere fleshly pleasures can get There are pointless graphic scenes that seem to serve to highlight the frailty of the human body as if this sad point about our vulnerable biology has not been made for eons The will she be rescued or languish in the be slimed clasp of his assailing tentacles forever subplot and the ending where it looks like she won't escape but then lo and behold is suddenly saved was sadly predictable A rehashed again and again plot twist of a plot twist that people should consider forgoing

  6. Julia Julia says:

    “In the tiny lifeboat she and the alien fuck endlessly relentlessly” So begins this gross little short story which sadly just gets worse from there There’s almost no plot of which to speak A mid space collision between two starships results in two survivors—one human one alien—climbing into a very tiny lifeboat together And then fucking Endlessly Relentlessly Disgustingly But not it should be stated pornographically There is nothing titillating about their sex In fact it’s not even clear that having sex is what they mean to do—hence the title “Spar” Still this story is most definitely not my cup of tea and it comes as uite a shock too since Johnson is obviously capable of writing pieces much interesting and much thought provoking than this dreck Bleack

  7. Ellie Strasser Ellie Strasser says:

    I've never read something with so much sexual content that wasn't the least bit erotic on purpose I've never read anything uite like this and I'm still not uite sure what to make of it Is it gross? Horrifying? Would anyone do the exact same thing in her situation? I'm still not sure what to make of it

  8. Carmella Carmella says:

    Well written sex horror story? Disgustingly filthy? Both Nebula Award? That´s too much

  9. Matthew McKenna Matthew McKenna says:

    Wow

  10. George George says:

    Spar is an unrepentant and harrowing story Anyone who reads the first sentence can tell you that However it's much than that This is art as a dark mirror Essentially Spar is the acid test as to whether you want to be entertained by literature or edified It doesn't have a grand arc exciting plot development and characters you can really root for in a fist pumping way Instead it dwells on the traumatising and corrosive potential of relationships with death or escaping with the remnants of your life being the only hopes for changeIt's really important with this story to focus on what it means what the purposes of it is If you don't do that you end up wallowing in a sordid mess of alien sex and a very real discomfort There's to it than that and it reuires you to focus Despite the story describing aliens and escape pods the context here is much closer to home; It's about communication and being trapped It's about damaging and broken relationships when you suddenly realise you don't know who you're sleeping with If you don't have any frame of reference on that then you're a lucky personIt's best to heed Johnson's own words on Spar For her it's a story about what can happen as the people we love turn into non communicative aliens with whom we share a bed And a story about sex with an alien because it's that or die of boredom All the other things — the weird Stockholm Syndrome dynamic; the fear of leaving a familiar situation however horrific; the cruelty that comes from familiarity — evolved in the rewrite It's interesting to me how what I saw as the primary and very obvious theme of the story is the one people notice leastIn some ways I'm the lucky one because having written it I can walk away Readers are stuck with it in their minds”She's right it's unforgettable affecting in a really savage way It's not nice but it is excellent

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