ANOTHER HUGO AWARD NOMINATION: Neil Clarke, for Best Editor: Short Form

More amazing news, everyone! You may have seen our post by now about the 2018 Hugo Award nomination for Martha Wells and the Books of the Raksura, but did you know that a second Night Shade author—Neil Clarke, editor extraordinaire—was ALSO nominated for a Hugo?

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If you’re a sci-fi fan, chances are you might know Neil Clarke already: not only is he himself now a six-time Hugo Nominee for Best Editor: Short Form, his magazine, Clarkesworld, is also a three-time Hugo winner, and (per Wikipedia), has been nominated for and/or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, Ditmar, Aurealis, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.

In addition, he’s edited a series of incredible anthologies for us here at Night Shade, including his annual Best Science Fiction of the Year series (by the way, Volume Three comes out TODAY), and a run of themed titles: Galactic Empires, More Human Than Human, The Final Frontier, and the upcoming Not One of Us (November 2018), all of which we’d recommend heartily.

In case you don’t know Neil—or if you’re aware of his work and want to learn more—we’ve put together a quick rundown below of all his anthologies with us. Read on for all the info!

But first, though, we have to offer a huge congratulations to Neil. As always, Neil, we couldn’t be prouder to work with you, and we can’t wait to create more great books together in the future!

(For any of you who also want to wish Neil well, here are links to his Twitter and website.)

And now, on to the books! Check them all out below—clicking each title will take you to an individual book page with descriptions, reviews, and purchase links—and keep scrolling for some brief background information on each:

The Best Science Fiction of the Year
Volume One (June 2016)
Volume Two (April 2017)
Volume Three (April 3rd, 2018)
Volume Four (Spring 2019)

Themed Anthologies
Galactic Empires (January 2017)
More Human Than Human (November 2017)
The Final Frontier (July 2018)
Not One of Us 
(November 2018)

The Best Science Fiction of the Year series is pretty self-explanatory; in these books, Neil collects the absolute best short science fiction first published during the previous year, as well as some background information on the state of the SF field. This series has already included stories from such luminaries of the genre as Alastair Reynolds, Ann Leckie, Ken Liu, Sarah Pinsker, and Lavie Tidhar, as well as a host of up-and-coming sci-fi writers all genre fans should know.

The themed anthologies, on the other hand, are curated collections of short fiction centered on particular topics: Galactic Empires focuses on galaxy-spanning imperial powers (of course); More Human Than Human features examinations of humanity and artificial intelligence; The Final Frontier grapples with the vastness and weirdness of unexplored space; and Not One of Us will focus on the experiences of alien beings and people on Earth (you heard it here first!). These anthologies have also included stories from some of the biggest names in the genre, including Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, Naomi Novik, Brandon Sanderson, Paul McAuley, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn.

Long story short (no pun intended), if you haven’t read these, you should definitely catch up as soon as possible. After all, with more new Neil Clarke-edited anthologies coming out soon, you don’t have long before the to-be-read pile gets even taller!


Check back here soon to find out if Neil won the Hugo Award (we sure hope he will!), and follow us on Twitter for more updates!

Plus, we’re always posting more interesting content here—keep an eye out for cover reveals, excerpts, and new-book announcements (including Not One of Us and The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Four)!