Neil Clarke is the creator of the acclaimed online magazine, Clarkesworld. Launched in October 2006, 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 seven-time finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) and three-time winner of the Chesley Award for Best Art Director. In the thirteen years since Clarkesworld 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 Awards.

In 2012, Neil suffered a near-fatal heart attack while attending Readercon in Burlington, MA. The damage sustained in this incident later required that he undergo surgery for the implantation of a defibrillator. These events inspired both Upgraded, his 2014 cyborg anthology and his 2017 jump from his day job in academia (technology) to become a full-time editor.

Additionally, Neil edits Forever — a digital-only, reprint science fiction magazine he launched in 2015 — and the SFWA Bulletin a non-fiction periodical published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His anthologies include: UpgradedGalactic EmpiresTouchable UnrealityMore Human than HumanThe Final FrontierNot One of Usand the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. His next anthology, The Eagle has Landed, will be published in July 2019.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

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