- Locus, May 2013
- Lord of the White Hell Book One & Book Two, Ginn Hale
- Ginn Hale et al, Irregulars
New York Review of Science Fiction #296
Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 80
A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar
- Electric Velocipede, issue 26
- At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson
- Lightspeed (which seems to get bigger every month! Fiction by Kelsey Ann Barrett, John Langan, Maggie Clark, and Simon McCaffery; reprints by Eileen Gunn, George R. R. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Pratt; the second, final part of Jeffrey Ford’s The Cosmology of the Wider World; and excerpts from David Brin’s Existence and N. K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon.)
- Clarkesworld (stories by Aliette de Bodard, An Owomoyela, E. Catherine Tobler and an Another Word column by Daniel Abraham).
- Apex (fiction by Brit Mandelo, Ian Nichols, and Geoff Ryman)
- Locus (Featuring interviews with the excellent Genevieve Valentine and William F. Nolan as well as tons of news and reviews)
What sold first? What sold last? I was looking at the 2013 bestsellers and realized I’d meant to post these:
Lightspeed Magazine Annual Subscription
Desirina Boskovich (ed.), It Came from the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction
Rich Horton (ed.), The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
New York Review of Science Fiction #303
The May issue of Locus was last month’s bestseller, no doubt helped by the focus on indie publishing (yay!). You can read more about it here. Ginn Hale, superstar, took 2nd and 3rd place—and The Rifter popped up again on the Subscription List: maybe I missed some kind of Ginn Hale news? The books were followed mostly by magazines: props to the new issue of Electric Velocipede for making the list! Wearing my (nonexistent, maybe I should get one?) Small Beer Press hat, it’s heartening to see Sofia Samatar’s dense and beautiful debut novel A Stranger in Olondria and Kij Johnson’s very different At the Mouth of the River of Bees on the list.
In subscriptions Clarkesworld once again had a heck of a month—surely powered by all those awards and nominations—and their 80th issue was packed with all the goodies. At the moment, Clarkesworld is also the most popular magazine on Weightless.
Soon, even more DRM-free books! Hints, don’t they drive you crazy? Ok, today there was one magazine, New York Review of Science Fiction #296. Those people there have been working hard to catch up to their deadlines and they’re very happy that the April 2013 issue is going out in April.
Also: today two Small Beer Press ebooks came out:
Anyway, Locus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and I don’t know what else drop new issues tomorrow. Saw a Holly Black story I haven’t read in Lightspeed, so I may have to pick that up. Andrea Pawley will be back soon with her monthly magazine spotlight—drop us a line if there’s something you want to see more—or, er, less of.
Better get back to adding more books!
It’s been a fabulous month at Weightless for Clarkesworld Magazine, there are hundreds and hundreds more happy subscribers and a much happier editor. And all that subscribing seemed catching so that every magazine here seems to have picked up a handful of new subscribers. After the juggernaut of Clarkesworld, Apex, and Lightspeed are the most popular but everything from Innsmouth to Electric Velocipede, from NYRSF to BCS picked up a handy handful of new subs. Yay, readers!
Speaking of NYRSF, there is a new issue today, #291, and this is the first issue where the epub and mobi files are released concurrently with the pdf file. The NYRSF team have worked immensely hard to get to this stage and we’d like to thank them for working with us. Thanks also to the hundreds of NYRSF subscribers who have been very patient as their print subs moved online.
Over in Small Beer land it’s the publication day of our two-volume Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin (Vol. 1, Vol. 2). What a project! Besides updating those two books with today’s date, we also added some more Wildside titles.
Next week (how can it be December if October’s not done yet?) we’ll have new issues from many of the magazines above, the November bestseller list, new books from PM Press, and we’re adding another strong indie, Dog Horn Publishing from the UK!
Just added the latest issue of the New York Review of Science Fiction: #290, which includes James Patrick Kelly on the singularity and more. NYRSF is proving very popular.
We’re very happy to add The New York Review of Science Fiction—commonly known as NYRSF (“Newrsif”)—to Weightless. We’ve launched with a subscription (of course) and about a dozen back issues or so. I’m particularly pleased to be able to point readers to Chris N. Brown‘s essay “Science Fiction in the Edgelands” which is linked off the April issue page. Chris passed through Massachusetts recently and it was excellent to catch up with what he’s been up to since co-editing Three Messages and a Warning.
Isn’t it lovely to see that the world is moving to DRM-free ebooks? It only makes sense that the book should be easy for the reader to read and move around between their reading devices.
To celebrate Lee Thomas’s The German (congratulations Lee!) winning the Lambda Award, for a limited time Lethe Press has slashed the price of by 50%!
This week also brought new issues of:
Last week we added quite a few Small Beer Press pre-orders—order them here and they will be delivered to you before any other electronic reading site!—including our amazing two-volume Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. Ms. Le Guin selected the stories and working with her has been fantastic. These books have been three or four years in the making and I can’t wait to see them in hardcover but they’re going to be excellent ebooks to have with you forever, too.
This post brought to you with a time-machined 1980s soundtrack by Fitz and the Tantrums.
Everyone but everyone is reading Irregulars right now. How about you? (I know what our #1 March bestseller is going to be!)
We have a couple of interesting new books this week that hit a lot of our readers’ interests: sf, glbt sf&f, & weird stuff. While I can’t guarantee the weirdness quotient will be high enough for you, there’s a good chance it will be in J. M. McDermott‘s new collection of stories: Disintegration Visions. As Apex Book Co. puts it:
“‘Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it.’ These are the words of Crawford Award-nominated fantasy author J.M. McDermott (Last Dragon and Never Knew Another). McDermott says it with aliens, magical frogs, and the Berlin wall.”
SF&F readers of all stripes can pick up the latest issue of Icarus which features Scot D. Ryersson, James Bennett, Alex Jeffers, Warren Rochelle, and Steve Berman. “Plus all our usual sweets—reviews, gossip, and Tom Cardamone’s column on forgotten gay books.” Icarus is quarterly and you can subscribe here.
Nancy Kress’s latest collection Fountain of Age comes out from Small Beer Press in a couple of weeks. We have an exclusive on the ebook until then. You can also go ahead and listen to two of the stories “End Game” and “The Kindness of Strangers” and read the awesome caper (and Nebula Award winning) title story here. There will be another story on the Small Beer podcast next month.
In other Small Beer news, we dropped the price of Lydia Millet’s The Fires Beneath the Sea to $6.99—the paperback edition comes out next week and we have the second novel in the series, The Shimmers in the Night coming out in July. (Things get dark!)
And the very first Big Mouth House title is about to come out in paperback: Joan Aiken’s The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories. That’s a book we’re very proud to have published. We still get emails from people telling us how happy they are to have it. (Which is how we felt when we were working on it and when we published it, too.)
Last week we added the second Clockwork Phoenix anthology with critically-acclaimed and award-nominated stories by Claude Lalumière, Leah Bobet, Marie Brennan, Ian McHugh, Ann Leckie, Mary Robinette Kowal, Saladin Ahmed, Tanith Lee, Joanna Galbraith, Catherynne M. Valente, Forrest Aguirre, Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer, Kelly Barnhill, Barbara Krasnoff and Steve Rasnic Tem (quite a few faves in there) as well as the latest issue of that stalwart of the field, Weird Tales. Issue #359 (!) is the last to be edited by Ann VanderMeer and includes an interview with Laird Barron and stories by Stephen Graham Jones, Evan J. Peterson, Tom Underberg, Leena Likitalo, Joel Lane, and Conrad Williams and more.
And that’s it for this week. Next week: magazines! Locus, Lightspeed, Apex, Clarkesworld, and many more. After talking to David Hartwell, Alex Donald, and Kevin Maroney at ICFA, it looks like we’ll be adding The New York Review of Science Fiction quite soon. The more the merrier!
I also backed a recent Kickstarter (I love Kickstarter—I think we found a potential Small Beer project for it) by the people at Logoswitch which might mean we have a new logo for Weightless. They’re doing 50 logos in 50 days (eek!) so we’ll see what happens. You never know!
Keep in touch.