Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Clarkesworld


Chimera by Gu Shi  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueClarkesworld 114
(Hard SF) Evan hasn't seen his wife in six years--ever since she left him and their newborn child. But their son needs special medical attention, and she's the world's expert.
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Everybody Loves Charles by Bao Shu  Time: 1h:09m (Novella)  IssueClarkesworld 112
(SF) Charles Mann leads a wild, exciting life, which he shares with millions who join his "live-link."
The Snow Of Jinyang by Zhang Ran  Time: 1h:11m (Novella)  IssueClarkesworld 117
(Time Travel) In 979 AD, the city of Jinyang stands on the brink of destruction, but someone seems to be trying to help it with technologies from the future.


Alone, On The Wind by Karla Schmidt1  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Fantasy Science) Tuela's people fly among the remains of their shattered world, stealing water from a neighbor planet. Tuela presents an argument that things should change.
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Away From Home by Luo Longxiang  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(Space Opera) Weihan survives the meteor strike that destroys his home, but it changes his life forever.
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Balin by Chen Qiufan  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 115
(Slipstream) As a boy, Peng receives a paoxiao, a mythical humanoid creature with a great ability for mimicry. As a man, Peng tries to do research on the creature.
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Checkerboard Planet by Eleanor Arnason  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(SF; Lydia Duluth) The AIs contract Lydia to check out an unusual planet and the secretive corporation that's supposed to be developing it.
(SF) The crew of the Themis colony write home about their struggles with a mission and a world that seems to be more than a little off.
Extraction Request by Rich Larson  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 112
(Military SF Horror) Elliot's squad of convict-soldiers crash-lands in the middle of a swamp far away from help. Extracting them doesn't seem to be a priority, but something seems to be wrong with the swamp.
In the Midst of Life by Nick Wolven  Time: 49m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 113
(SF) In a rude, career-ending memo to his boss, Doug recounts a disaster that occurred on a company property in Indonesia when they tried to evict a group of squatters and their charismatic leader.
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Jonas And The Fox by Rich Larson  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) Disguised in the body of a dead little boy, Fox needs to escape from the colony before the revolutionary leaders find him. But the boy's brother may be a problem.
(Mind Uploading) Jix tells how her twin sister left their planet and their god, starting with how they met a handsome offworlder.
Sephine And The Leviathan by Jack Schouten2  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 118
(SF) Sephine plans to launch herself  up to the Leviathan ship that has her colony trapped. But she's never done anything like this before.
Teenagers From Outer Space by Dale Bailey  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Historical SF) In 1955, Nancy's best friend Ellen dates a bad boy who introduces her to Bug Town, where aliens live. Nothing is the same after that.
The Bridge of Dreams by Gregory Feeley  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 115
(Hard SF) After centuries of solitude at his post on Pluto, Heimdallr has come to fear that humanity is extinct. Then he receives a summons from the inner solar system.
The Calculations of Artificials by Chi Hui  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 121
(SF AI) Unbeknownst to most people, almost everyone in the world is really a robot. Aixia helps keep the system running, but allows himself to become attached to a human boy he saved.
The Green Man Cometh by Rich Larson  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 120
(Post-Apocalypse) 22-year-old Eris flies a cab in the City. A stranger pays her to elude a follower, and she gets caught up in intrigue.
The Universal Museum Of Sagacity by Robert Reed  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) In 2040, Colin gets more than he bargained for when he asks the AIs at tech giant PinPoint to track down information about a mysterious great aunt who vanished in 1965.
Touring with the Alien by Carolyn Ives Gilman  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 115
(SF) Months after mysterious aliens scattered their spacecraft across North America, no one has a clue what they want. Avery knows what one of them wants, though: it wants a tour.
Western Heaven by Chen Hongyu1  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(SF Robots) Humans left Earth long ago, but robots still toil endlessly. Wu Kong has acquired intelligence and goes on a quest to find the humans.

Short Story

.identity by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 117
(SF) As the Peragro approaches Kepler-726, the AI and the engineer investigate an attempted infection by a software virus.
A Future Far Too Bright by Yosef Lindell  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(Near-Future SF) Jesse Is just in the third grade, but his dad sends him letters telling him about the time-machine experiment he's working on.
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A Tower for the Coming World by Maggie Clark  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(SF) The destruction of the new Space Elevator puts human expansion into space at risk.
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Afrofuturist 419 by Nnedi Okorafor  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(SF Humor) Nigerian astronaut Abacha Tunde has been abandoned in space since 1990 and he would appreciate some help getting home.
Against The Stream by A Que  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 118
(Time Travel) An "illness" causes a man to wake each morning in the previous day, and as he lives his life backwards, he sees the mistakes he made.
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(SF) Dr. Kostia spent thirty years interpreting broadcasts from the Coronals for other people on Earth. The last broadcasts have caused a lot of disruption, even in her own family.
(AI Fantasy) The humans disappeared years ago, but the Factory AI can't accept that they're gone, so he makes a plan to bring them back.
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(Fantasy) Teenage friends Domei and Hano live in a refugee camp for survivors of a war fought with dragons.
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Blue Grey Blue by Yukimi Ogawa  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(Future Fantasy) Tsuyu's color varies from day to day, but he'd make more money if he were a darker shade of blue all the time.
Breathe by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(Hard SF) Deep under the lightless ocean of an alien planet, you study the only lifeform ever discovered there.
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Coyote Invents the Land of the Dead by Kij Johnson  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 114
(Fantasy) Dee, a Coyote in the mythical sense, seeks her lost lover in the land of the dead, even though she may not be able to return.
First Light At Mistaken Point by Kali Wallace  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Hard SF) Charlie's team has been out of touch with the Mars mission for a month. While she's attending her mother's funeral, a mysterious 47-second-long message arrives.
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Fish Dance by Eric Schwitzgebel  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 118
(Dystopia) After a near-fatal accident, the narrator gets a chance to return as an AI, but his real brain has to die first.
Follow the White Line by Bo Balder  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(SF Space) Paddy's a good mechanic on a spaceship, but she worries when she starts seeing white lines that no one else can see.
Helio Music by Mike Buckley2  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 118
(Dystopia) You're a girl being raised to be a slave, but someone sees potential in your musical talent. But potential for what?
Left Behind by Cat Rambo  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) Shi handles elderly clients who are recruited to help steer starships through space. Her job is winding up, and one of her last clients presents a special challenge.
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Now Is The Hour by Emily Devenport  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(SF) Mabie wins the lottery and decides to use the money to rescue her family from poverty on planet Hardcase by moving to a different planet.
Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart by Samantha Murray  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(SF Android) You adopt an android baby. You name him Ben. He grows amazingly fast.
Painter of Stars by Wang Yuan1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(SF) A robot discovers it has artistic talent and sets out to save the world by tattooing stars on people.
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Reclamation by Ryan Row1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(SF Horror) An asteroid miner is cast adrift by a collision. Her suit can preserve her life indefinitely, but not her sanity.
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Rusties by Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 121
(SF Robots) Robots completely transform Africa, with a few downsides. Up until the solar flare.
Salvage Opportunity by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 114
(SF) Badar has a 4-year contract sits all alone at a salvage site on Kepler-186f.
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Seven Cups of Coffee by A.C. Wise  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 114
(Time Travel) Narrator, in 1983, takes a job that involves going back to 1945 to do some dirty work, but she becomes infatuated with her target.
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(Military SF) Rinthira retired from the Thai military a while back, but her former commander (and ex-lover) has come to call her back to duty.
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The Abduction of Europa by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 112
(Fantasy Science) Out on Europa, Marius has vanished and Kotto has come to rescue his partner, Bolaji.
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The Algorithms of Value by Robert Reed  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 112
(SF) In a future world made rich by AIs and other technology, wealthy Parchment goes for her morning walk, but a teenage boy keep annoying her.
The Cedar Grid by Sara Saab  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 115
(SF) After an alien terrorist kills Majd's little brother back on Earth, he struggles to accept it, and starts making changes to his own life.
The Despoilers by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 120
(Hard SF) Seventeen-year-old Allegra's mad father has trapped them both on 51 PegasiD. They'll both die there unless she can find a way to get help.
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The Engines Imperial by Sean Bensinger1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Fantasy Science) The starship Rook returns to the system to mourn her sister starship, who died there 10,000 years ago.
The Fixer by Paul McAuley  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 113
(SF) An AI trying to establish a human colony discovers there's an individual it cannot account for.
(Post Apocalypse) Agneta and her little sister, Saga, are among the last human survivors. The invading aliens have assigned a modified human "governess" to watch over them.
The House of Half Mirrors by Thoraiya Dyer  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 120
(Near Future Fantasy Dystopia) In a 2042 Ireland beset by ecological catastrophe, the narrator meets a fairy at a protest.
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The Next Scene by Robert Reed  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 121
(SF AI) In a world ruled by AIs, the only work that pays is entertainment.
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The Opposite and the Adjacent by Liu Yang1  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 120
(Math SF) Explorers find a wrecked alien spaceship, a dead alien, and a logbook that suggests he came from a world with different laws of physics.
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(Fantasy Technology) An account of a failed design for a superscalar ball-bearing-based computer.
Things With Beards by Sam J. Miller  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 117
(Horror) Following a disaster in Antarctica, MacReady spends summer 1983 in New York and starts to wonder what he might have brought back with him.
Toward the Luminous Towers by Bogi TakΓ‘cs  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 120
(Military Fantasy) On a remote planet, the narrator uses a mix of magic and technology to control the drones that fight his country's enemy.
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What the Stories Steal by Nin Harris2  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(Future Fantasy) Ipsita's husband lost his mind when he killed the sacred animals, but she thinks there's a way to get it back.
Where Water Joins by Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(Near-Future SF) Ever since Iris augmented her eyes with BrainSight, she's dreamed about a strange woman, and now she's seeing her in real life.

3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Thanks for grouping the magazines by year. This is very helpful!

    1. Did you find this post through a search? I created one for each magazine to be linked from our 2017 Hugo Awards page, which isn't quite ready yet. :-)

    2. I honestly don't remember. Most likely I did. It's a great idea though