When the world is ending, the only thing to do is make slapstick movies

We're all obsessed with the end of the world lately — but at last, John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey have broken that anxiety down into three distinct stages. They're putting out collections of pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. And you can read my story from the pre-apocalyptic volume now. » 3/04/14 1:47pm 3/04/14 1:47pm

This story only takes a couple minutes to read -- and it's superb.

Some of the shortest stories pack the biggest punches. Case in point: "In the Marrow" by Malon Edwards, published over at Lakeside Circus. It's under 1,000 words, and it tells the story of a gynoid and her girlfriend, who've been driven apart by their parents — and by the "sexually deviant" gynoid's memory loss. » 2/20/14 3:40pm 2/20/14 3:40pm

She's trapped in a barbaric past, and she just wants to help people

I've written a lot about what it takes to create a new adventure hero from scratch — and now you can read a story where I tried to do just that. My story "The Cartography of Sudden Death" just appeared at Tor.com story "The Cartography of Sudden Death" just appeared at Tor.com, and it introduces Jemima Brookwater, a time… » 1/23/14 5:59pm 1/23/14 5:59pm

What do you think this goblin is saying on Jim C. Hines' book cover?

We're stoked to present the first exclusive look at the cover for Jim C. Hines' new story collection, The Goblin Master's Grimoire. But when you see the full cover (below), you'll be left with a pressing question: What exactly is the goblin in the picture saying? Answer it, and you could win a signed copy of Hines'… » 10/04/13 1:18pm 10/04/13 1:18pm

This wistful astronaut story will seriously mess you up

Now that the Hugo Awards have recognized the greatness of Clarkesworld Magazine, it's time to celebrate — with a fantastic story by James Patrick Kelly. "The Promise of Space" is a tear-jerking story about a woman visiting her astronaut husband in the hospital — and talking to the A.I. that now speaks for him. » 9/03/13 11:20am 9/03/13 11:20am

The Best of January's Short Stories (That You Can Read For Free Online)

Short stories have always been the lifeblood of the science fiction and fantasy genres, even though novels get the lion's share of the attention. There are hundreds of great stories published every year — and a large portion of them are available for free online — but many people only read the shorts in one of the… » 2/01/13 10:20am 2/01/13 10:20am

This Hugo-winning author is also the most dangerous villain on the…

David D. Levine has been many things, including Hugo-winning short story writer and Martian explorer — but now he's taking on a new role: supervillain. Check out this brand new Dr. Horrible-esque video, in which he delivers a "Letter to the Editor" from the supervillain Dr. Talon, from his story in the anthology The Mad … » 1/24/13 10:38am 1/24/13 10:38am

Read an exclusive short story from one of the year's most acclaimed…

Manuel Gonzales' bizarre, fantastical story collection The Miniature Wife is getting rave reviews from the likes of Charles Yu and Hannah Tinti. It was named one of last week's best books by Publisher's Weekly, which also gave it a starred review. And people are comparing Gonzales, executive director of the Austin Bat… » 1/15/13 2:20pm 1/15/13 2:20pm

You've never seen the Wizard of Oz like this before

There are a lot of new takes on L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz coming up, including Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful, and a new animated film featuring Patrick Stewart and Lea Michele. But the most unique takes might come from a new anthology, edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen. Oz Reimagined: New Tales… » 10/22/12 6:30am 10/22/12 6:30am

It's up to you to keep short fiction righteous on the internet

Two of the internet's coolest fiction magazines need your support right now. Strange Horizons is having its annual fund drive, with tons of prizes for donors — but the main prize is satisfaction that you're helping to support one of the most important magazines in the field, whose unpaid staff works tirelessly to keep… » 10/18/12 1:39pm 10/18/12 1:39pm