December 2014 bestsellers


    Elysium cover - click to view full sizeAt some point I’ll have to do a 2014 bestseller list, but that takes more time than I have right now: January, the surprisingly busy month! Ginn Hale’s books would be real contenders to be the bestselling ebooks of the whole year as they are flying out of here. Uncanny Magazine continues to build its readership and it was great to see Jennifer Marie Brisset’s novel Elysium hit, love that cover! We are also very happy to note that we sold more ebooks and subscriptions in 2014 than in 2013, thank you! One of the reasons Weightless exists is so that publishers and readers will have more choices available to them and we very much appreciate you making Weightless one of yours! Check out the bestselling ebooks and subscriptions for December 2014 below. Please do come back to see what we’re up to and do tell your friends. Just because 99%* of the internet is owed by two companies doesn’t mean we can’t have fun running our own spot over here. Happy new year!

    December 2014 Bestsellers

    1. Ginn Hale, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book Two
    2. Ginn Hale, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book One
    3. Uncanny Magazine Issue 1 Jennifer Marie Brisset, Elysium: a novel
    4. Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 9
      Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 99
    5. The Paul Di Filippo MEGAPACK

    December 2014 Bestselling Subscriptions

    1. Clarkesworld
    2. Apex Magazine
    3. New York Review of Science Fiction
    4. Galaxy’s Edge
    5. Uncanny Magazine

    Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book One Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book Two Preorder Uncanny Magazine Issue 1 Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 9, December 2014 The Paul Di Filippo MEGAPACK ™ Completely pasted in from last month’s bestseller post: some more mags that might catch your interest: Lackington’s Issue 4 (Fall 2014) On Spec Magazine – Summer 2014 #97 vol 26 no 5 Shimmer Magazine – Issue 22 Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 9, December 2014 Luna Station Quarterly – Issue 20 INTERZONE 255 NOV-DEC 2014 Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 31 * Probably an exaggeration.

    Happy 2015!

    Happy new year! Thank you for buying books from this outpost of the DRM-free future. I’m writing this on December 31, 2014 and can guarantee that January’s issues of magazines will be a little delayed — some in part because they haven’t been sent to us by the publishers, but most because I will be up late dancing and might not be near a computer in the morning. Happy new year!


    OnSpec Holiday Sale!

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    We’re doing something a little different this week: instead of just one weekly one-day sale on Thursday (since Thursday’s Christmas and we’ll be busy devouring chocolate), how about six one-day sales every day but Thursday, starting today and ending on the 26th?

    Every day this week, come on by and get a different back issue of On Spec Magazine on sale for just 99 cents!

    November 2014 Bestsellers


    November shot by — surely there were less than thirty days? Can’t tell, it’s all a blur. 2014 seems to have never dropped down from top speed. I’m glad to say Weightless was moving at the same velocity, especially with a new Ginn Hale book landing: that is a readership! Uncanny Magazine launched and started gaining readers. You can read the first issue online here and subscribe here.

    I suppose the next bestseller list will be for 2014! (Although December is kind of nuts — I don’t know if we should include Gift Certificates on the list — so maybe I’ll include December, too. I’m imagining in early January I’ll have all kinds of free time to build lists about this that and the other: subscriptions, magazines, books, I don’t know what.) Books, books, books. What would I like more of? Time to read more books!

    November 2014 Bestsellers

    1. Ginn Hale, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book One
    2. Ginn Hale, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book Two Preorder
    3. Uncanny Magazine Issue 1
    4. Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 8, November 2014
    5. Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 98
      Delia Sherman, Young Woman in a Garden: Stories

    November 2014 Bestselling Subscriptions

    1. Apex Magazine
    2. New York Review of Science Fiction
    3. Uncanny Magazine
    4. Galaxy’s Edge
    5. Clarkesworld

    Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book One Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book Two Preorder Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 8, November 2014 Uncanny Magazine Issue 1 Young Woman in a Garden: Stories


    Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 98 Galaxy’s Edge Magazine – Issue 11: November 2014 Apex Magazine Issue 67 Uncanny Magazine Issue 1

    And some other mags that might catch your interest:

    Lackington’s Issue 4 (Fall 2014) On Spec Magazine – Summer 2014 #97 vol 26 no 5 Shimmer Magazine – Issue 22 Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 9, December 2014 Luna Station Quarterly – Issue 20 INTERZONE 255 NOV-DEC 2014 Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 31

    Go West! (You’ll be glad you did)


    Since Blind Eye Books are so popular on Weightless, we asked Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books’s publisher, to give us an update on her fall convention schedule:

    Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book OneThis year Blind Eye Books’ fall convention schedule took us to three of the west coast’s most interesting alternative conventions: Yaoi-Con, GeekGirlCon, and Bent-Con. In addition to being interesting from the LGBT speculative fiction angle, each of these three events has it’s own particular focus.

    Yaoi-Con is a Bay Area (NorCal) anime and manga event that has drawn around 1000 people annually for more than a decade. It focuses on Boy’s Love manga, anime and games. Strictly an 18+ event, Yaoi-Con is not for folks who strongly value propriety but neither is it sleazy. Because many of the con-goers are just barely 18, liquor is often gladly bypassed for vat-sized mochaccinos and darkside skittles. Attended mainly by younger women, Yaoi-Con has the feel of a three-day slumber party and sugar-fueled giggle-fest. In particular the con’s signature event, The Bishounen Auction where buyers (which can be single or groups of up to four) bid for the right to take cosplaying hot guys out on a Saturday night dance date, brings back fond memories of being an 18 year old fantasy-prone dork. And though I am, myself, a lesbian I can’t help but be charmed every year by the sheer boy-craziness of the entire event.

    IrregularsBoy-craziness was also a hot topic at GeekGirlCon as evidenced by the well-attended panel called, “Zombies, Butts, and Teen Female Sexual Agency,” which highlighted the Bob’s Burger’s character, Tina Belcher.

    (If you’re not familiar with Tina Belcher, AJ Dent writes an excellent description of her on the GeekGirlCon blog here.)

    GeekGirlCon (see photo 1 below) could be described as WisCon’s westside little sister: the strong feminist vibe is still there but there are more cute t-shirts for sale and one entire floor devoted to gaming of all kinds. This year attendance was capped at 5000 and all badges sold out on the first day. This is one con where I was struck by the presence of whole cosplaying geek families from tiny little two-foot tall daleks to wise-women dispensing engineering knowledge in the DIY Science Zone.

    Taking place in the Washington State Convention center in Seattle, GeekGirlCon is definitely an event where a large percentage of the population goes back to the hotel and takes naps (though I’m sure there were some wild room parties that I didn’t locate on account of napping.)

    Highfell GrimoiresLast on this year’s list is Bent-Con (see photos 2&3 below). As with Yaoi-Con, sleeping is low on the list of priorities for attendees of Bent-Con. Like The Price is Right, Bent-Con takes place in sunny Burbank, California. Originally convened to showcase queer comics, the event has expanded to include spec fic books, games and films focusing on QUILTBAG characters. While not as naughty as Yaoi-Con, Bent-Con is the place to go to see and meet real (probably gay and mostly over 21) men and women in skimpy costumes. Attended by a couple thousand people, and growing every year, Bent-Con has a wonderfully inclusive social scene featuring a Saturday night mermaid party (with mermen too!) as well as film screenings. While GeekGirlCon begins at 10 am, Bent-Con takes a more leisurely approach to mornings, starting at noon, but stretches on into the night, with official programming ending at the witching hour. It’s a hotel con with a good bar scene where you can expect to spot amazing costumes, make new friends and pick up great merchandise.

    Blind Eye Books will be returning to all three cons next year and we hope to see you there!

    Geek Girl Con

    Bent Con 1 Bent Con 2

    Photos by Nicole Kimberling.


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    THE VAMPIRE responds to “Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof at the Potluck” in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 30.

    as dictated by THE VAMPIRE to THE NOVELIST

    24998-cover-200x242VAMPIRE: It is true, of course, that VAMPIRES attend potlucks, present, as we also are, in train stations, the staging areas of distribution warehouses, priories, shopping malls (especially shopping malls), dentist’s offices (less often), garrets and garret-imaginaries or garret-subsidiaries, great and venerable libraries, coliseums, arcade parlors, bakeries, theaters and discotheques. VAMPIRES can be said to be nowhere, especially, even as we are simultaneously everywhere, particularly, and Friday in the park with middle management nearby (fluffing their anxious wings) is no exception.

    VAMPIRES dictate gory sentences about potlucks to NOVELISTS, disdaining any direct act of writing. VAMPIRES make company nervous by announcing a savory dish brought in INDIVIDUAL RAMEKINS . . . a plush color. The grapes in Pan’s Labyrinth didn’t even look that good. Baroque eddies of fruit and flowers, VAMPIRES believe, are best suited to picnic tables.

    VAMPIRES, like VEGANS, would prefer not to.

    (THE NOVELIST would like a yam chipotle enchilada.)

    The function of THE VAMPIRE at the corporate or collegial potluck is of a hieroglyph with tie pin. This chicken is so dry. Hello, I’ve heard so much about you. Will there be a round of Guitar Hero following the disappearance of the innocents? The hoagie is to be eaten with knife and fork, from the center moving swiftly outward in a V in either direction. At my home, you know . . . in Rialto . . . with the pair of wet-eyed cocker spaniels, Abelard and Heloise, and the lead pipe . . . I don’t have a job title as of yet, as my position is considered experimental . . .

    VAMPIRES consider themselves unpopular but necessary, with the interruptive force of a hammer! Into the egg salads on leaves of endive!

    It is considered impolite to compete directly with VAMPIRES, especially since our leisure time is without blemish. We have a perfect attendance record. The napkins were arranged in artful sequences, and it was time . . . for Twister . . .

    A.B. Robinson lives in Western Massachusetts. Her poetry can be found in TINGE as well as Industial Lunch, which she currently co-edits. Her first chapbook, Dario Argento is not my Boyfriend, was selected as a jubilat contest winner. Five of her poems appear in Lady Churchill’s Wristlet No. 30, which is available DRM-free as a single issue or as a subscription.

    Author Interview: Erica L. Satifka

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    Andrea Pawley interviews Erica L. Satifka whose most recent publications appear in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Shimmer.

    24998-cover-200x242Q: When did you first know you wanted to write science fiction?

    Satifka: I came to genre reading (and writing) late. As someone who grew up pre-Internet in a shitty small town, I was restricted to reading what was in the school library, which had some SF (mostly Bradbury and Vonnegut), but not much. I did watch a lot of SF, mostly anthology shows like The Outer Limits. My college advisor said my stories were good but would be better if I didn’t insist on writing science fiction. It was a surprise to me that I was even writing science fiction! In college, I also gained access to a wider variety of books and there was also the arrival of a few online fiction markets (Strange Horizons is the only one that’s still around, I believe). I guess mostly I just want to write crazy stories, and crazy stories are usually going to be labeled as some kind of science fiction.

    Q: Almost two dozen of your short stories have been published since 2005. How has your writing changed?

    Satifka: I’m not sure I completely knew what I was doing in 2005. My introduction to genre was so late and spotty that I had a lot of disparate influences. Many of my earliest stories were basically style imitations of Vonnegut or Philip K. Dick. Now that I’m more widely read, I think I’ve developed a bit more of a personal style. Or I’m just getting better at copying people.

    shimmer-magazine-issue-21-cover-200x319Q: What technological advance do you most hope to see in the next fifty years?

    Satifka: Sounds boring, but eradication of various diseases. I really don’t think we should be launching people into space until we figure out how to stop people from contracting polio. I’d like to see a world where nobody dies from infectious disease because I think it’s insane that we’re still dealing with things like polio and measles in the year 2014. Then, space.

    Q: What do you care most about when you write a story?

    Satifka: Finishing it. Most of my short stories are written in one or two sessions, because if they run any longer than that, I get bored and start working on the next thing. I think this helps maintain a certain consistency of voice, which is also important to me. Short stories, more than novels, are really about the idea and I like to go really deep inside the concept to find the most resonant take on the idea.

    Q: What’s it like to be part of the Codex Writers’ Group?

    Satifka: I think it’s a wonderful community. It’s a lot of what you’d get at a place like Clarion, but it’s free! I’ve also met many writers through there who became real-life friends. I honestly think I’ve learned more about genre writing and marketing on Codex than I have in any academic setting. I really recommend that anyone who’s reached the minimum entry requirements (one pro-published story or attendance at a writers’ workshop) join Codex. If nothing else, it shows you that even people who have published way more than you or I have the same insecurities and self-doubt.

    Q: You live in Portland now, but you’ve lived in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Does being on the West Coast versus the East Coast make a difference to your writing?

    Satifka: The East Coast is full of lovely people, but it’s not the best place for creative people. On the East Coast, your job is your life, and writing (or art or music) is just a hobby. Even though I produced some good work in Baltimore, and it’s where I became a writer again, I felt like too much of my identity was being steamrolled under my “real job.” (Pittsburgh isn’t really the East Coast, more the Midwest and is completely different from both coasts.) Portland is much more “work to live” and people don’t wrap themselves up in their day jobs as much. I almost never get asked “what do you do?” out here, and if you are asked that, it’s just as likely that the asker is inquiring about your creative outlet. This matters for my writing because it allows me to mentally put it front and center.

    Q: Do you have any upcoming projects you can share?

    Erica L. SatifkaSatifka: I’m putting the finishing touches on a novel. It’s about a young schizophrenic woman who battles against an alien invasion of Earth taking place in a small-town big box store, and it should be done very, very soon. I also have another novel project in very early stages. Of course, my main focus is still short stories and while my output has slowed slightly due to novel work I’m still on pace to write one new short story every month. I’ll also be teaching an adult extension class on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy at Portland Community College in January 2015.

    Erica L. Satifka’s fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Clarkesworld Magazine, among others. She lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with her husband Rob and too many cats. Visit her online at

    September 2014 Bestsellers


    I was brought low by a cold and then was offline for a bit doing non internet(!) family things so I’m still catching up on, well, everything. So here’s a quick look at what rose to the top during a very busy* month. Everything rose up a little more than the month before, which is great to see: I especially like seeing some of the newer or smaller magazines picking up more readers. More variety in my my view being better all round. I am very curious to know if there are any readers out there who bought all 5 of the bestselling titles. Drop us a line or leave a comment if you did!

    September 2014 Bestsellers

    1. The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2014 Rich Horton et al.
    2. Sprawl Alisa Krasnostein (ed) et al.
    3. Couch Benjamin Parzybok
    4. Locus September 2014 (#644) Liza Groen Trombi et al.
    5. The Devil Lancer, Astrid Amara

    September 2014 Bestselling Subscriptions

    1. Clarkesworld
    2. Galaxy’s Edge
    3. Interzone
      Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    4. New York Review of Science Fiction
    5. Apex Magazine

    * Seems every month is getting a little busier than before: which is fantastic news, thank you!

    BCS 6th Anniversary Ebook Sale

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    It’s BCS anniversary sale time again! See below for details from editor Scott H. Andrews. - Michael To celebrate the sixth anniversary of BCS and our new ebook anthology The Best of BCS, Year Five, we’re having another ebook sale! beneath-ceaseless-skies-issue-157-sixth-anniversary-double-issue-coverBuy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Five, and you’ll get a coupon code inside the book for 30% off all BCS anthologies and back issues.

    That includes all our previous anthologies, Best of BCS Year One, Year Two, Year Three, Year Four, and our steampunk anthology Ceaseless Steam. It includes back issues of BCS at Weightless Books: all 155 issues of BCS going back to #1 in 2008, including one not available at any other retailer or on our website. It includes the 25-issue bundles of back issues. It also includes all BCS subscriptions; you can use the coupon to renew your subscription no matter when it’s set to expire.

    The Best of BCS, Year Five has seventeen stories for only $3.99, including ones by Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and more. It includes three stories that made the Locus Recommended Reading list, one that was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Association Awards and the Parsec Award, and one that won the World Fantasy Award.

    BCS ebook subscriptions are only $15.99 for a whole year/26 issues (that’s less than 30 cents a story!). Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone (any device with an email address), and they get the issues early, a week before the website.

    the-best-of-beneath-ceaseless-skies-online-magazine-year-five-coverSubscribers will get our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, featuring Richard Parks, K.J. Parker, and Aliette de Bodard, a week before the website, including two stories which won’t be released on the website until two weeks later.

    The ebook subscriptions and anthologies are also a great way to support BCS–all proceeds go to pay our artists and authors.

    August 2014 Bestsellers


    Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 5, August 2014 cover - click to view full sizeThe Weightless Weekly Sales were huge last month but there were some other big titles, too, so for August I made a Top 10 (actually 12) as well as magazines (Lightspeed is still destroying science fiction, but . . . see below!) and subscriptions.

    Hey, lookit Bastion’s at #1! Congratulations!

    August 2014 Bestselling Magazines

    1. Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 5, August 2014
    2. Lightspeed Magazine Issue 49: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue
    3. Lightspeed Magazine Issue 50
    4. Locus #643, August 2014
    5. Interzone 253

    August 2014 Bestselling Books

    1. Laurie J. Marks, Fire Logic
    2. Nina Allan, Spin
      Astrid Amara, The Devil Lancer
    3. Eric Brown, Rites of Passage
    4. Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Death by Silver
    5. Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

    Nice to see new additions to the site On Spec and Bastion Science Fiction Magazine building up their readerships. Clarkesworld just announced a new translation project that I’m looking forward to seeing funded on Kickstarter:

    August 2014 Bestselling Subscriptions

    1. Clarkesworld
    2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    3. On Spec
    4. New York Review of Science Fiction
    5. Galaxy’s Edge
      Apex Magazine
      Bastion Science Fiction Magazine

    Locus August 2014 (#643) Lightspeed Magazine Issue 49 – Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 95 Lightspeed Magazine Issue 50 Fire Logic

    Plasma Frequency Editor Interview: Richard Flores IV

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    plasma-frequency-magazine-issue-13-coverAndrea Pawley interviews Richard Flores IV, editor-in-chief of Plasma Frequency, a bimonthly magazine of speculative fiction which just started their third year of publication:

    Q: Plasma Frequency publishes a wide range of speculative fiction stories including science fiction, fantasy and horror. How do you know when you get a submission thats perfect for Plasma Frequency?

    Flores: Deciding what stories go into an issue of Plasma Frequency is a lot harder than I ever imagined. First, a story has to go through two other editors before it comes to me for a final decision. Either of those other two editors can reject the story for a variety of reasons. So once a story gets to me for the final decision, they are usually all very good stories. At this point, I am looking for something different, something that takes me by surprise. It could be a twist that captivates me. It could be a new spin on an old idea. It could be something Ive never seen before. All these things lead me to select those stories. They have to stand out from the rest of the really good stories. It usually isnt easy to pick.

    Q: What inspired you to start Plasma Frequency?

    Flores: There is no shortage of very good fiction out here.And a lot of it gets rejected simply because there isnt enough space for every story. So I wanted to offer one more home to stories. And it was important to me that authors were paid for their work. So that inspired me. But researching how the magazine market worked fascinated me, and that was what finally pushed me over the edge to actually start the magazine.

    Q: As a child, who was your favorite science fiction or fantasy author?

    Flores: I actually wasnt a fan until much later in life. In high school, I hated to read. I was tired of being forced to read these books that didnt interest me. But I was forced to read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Since that time, I have always held a spot for his work as one of my favorite artists, because it was his work that introduced me to the joy of reading science fiction.

    Richard Flores IVQ: Whats the most unexpected thing youve encountered as editor of Plasma Frequency?

    Flores: Rude authors. Hands down I never saw that coming. When we started Plasma Frequency, we were a personal rejection only market. We didnt use any form letters. And we got some very nasty replies back from authors. Some were even very threatening. It wasnt that our rejection letters were rude, we only offered them the reason for rejection. I had one reader quit because of it. And now, even though we have switched to using a lot of form rejections, we will still get one or two rude replies every now and again. It surprises me that authors will act like that.

    Q: You make good use of an army of dedicated volunteers. What makes for a good volunteer?

    Flores: They have to be committed. It can be very tough to ask someone to set aside some of their time to work hard for a magazine that they dont get any money from. So they have to be very loyal to seeing good fiction get published. The volunteers I have really do want to see Plasma Frequency succeed, and it shows in the amount of work they put in. They are also very understanding that Plasma Frequency doesnt make any money at this point. Sales and subscriptions dont yet pay for the issues, let alone the other business costs. And the volunteers we have are like-minded to me, they arent in this to make money, they just want to see good stories find a home.

    Q: Your third year of publication starts this month with the September/October issue. What changes will Year Three of Plasma Frequency hold?

    Flores: We do have something new coming down the pipeline. I am not sure when we will start this up, but it will be more behind the scenes helping the authors. We are working out a program where selected stories that have great potential but need more work can join a one-on-one critique session with our proofreading editor. He will then be able to work with the author to make changes. That is the idea anyway. We are currently ironing out all the details. It wont be released until further down in Year Three, hopefully early 2015.

    Plasma Frequency is a magazine of speculative fiction that offers short stories in science fiction, fantasy, horror and all other aspects of the genre. Plasma Frequency is available DRM-free in single issues or as a 12-month subscription.

    Net Neutrality: Some Further Reading


    Boy, those things sure are distracting.

    Boy, these things are distracting.

    You may have noticed that red popup about “internet slow lanes” featuring the spinning ball of death. Maybe you clicked it and got taken to the petition. Maybe you signed it and/or maybe you were curious to learn more and that’s why you’re reading this now. If so, thank you.

    It didn’t feel right featuring that (in my opinion misleading and at best reductive) banner (also at Small Beer Press along with who knows how many other sites across the internet) without offering some background and perspective. Here goes.

    Net Neutrality, for those who’ve been accessing the internet from under a rock for the last year or so, is the noble and idealistic crusade to prevent the corporations that provide the vast majority of us with internet access from exercising that power too greedily or unfairly. The most prominent example of this in recent news has been Comcast’s battle with Netflix earlier this year. Back in January, the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down a 2010 FCC ruling that made at least some effort to codify and enforce net neutrality. With those restrictions lifted, Comcast started throttling Netflix traffic, causing Netflix subscribers to experience slow and interrupted streaming content, eventually forcing Netflix to pay Comcast more for extra bandwidth. Netflix subscribers have not yet seen a rate increase as a result, but likely that’s a matter of time. Here, then, is what the organizations behind today’s “Battle for the Net” mean by “slow lanes”. They’re talking about the economic stratification of the internet: fast access to content for some, faster for the rich, slower for everybody else.

    My objection to this wording (aside from it being alarmist and hyperbolic, which I acknowledge the international media’s rhetorical arms race to meaninglessness makes necessary to incite anyone to take any action, even the most inconsequential) is that the internet has been economically stratified since its inception. “The future is here, it’s just unevenly distributed,” as William Gibson has been saying since at least 1993. To access the internet, you need to be able to afford a computer built by one corporation and a monthly subscription paid to another, or have the audacity and wherewithal to acquire these things illegally. That’s not going to change.

    There is, however, the looming possibility that it’s going to (a) get worse or (b) get a little better. That’s why we’re talking about it now, and what the petition purports to address.

    In May, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a new set of rules to replace those struck down by the courts in January. He then opened the proposal to a period of public comment, which is set to end on September 15th, in five days. Net neutrality activists don’t like this proposal much at all. The details of why and what they’d prefer involve 100+ pages of incomprehensible (at least to me) legalese–so this is pretty much where I get off. But the gist seems to be that the much shorter wording in Wheeler’s version leaves open to interpretation by corporations and their lawyers exactly what exercising their power too greedily or unfairly means, whereas the 100+ page version preferred by the Battle for the Net people lays it out that much more explicitly.

    When I clicked that banner link and wound up at the petition, I balked. I love the principle of net neutrality, but I’m skeptical about pretty much everything else pertaining to it. So I went and read all those articles I’m linking to above and then some, and I came to the conclusion that despite the misleading wording and too-little, too-late feel of this particular iteration of the debate, it was indeed important and meaningful that as many non-corporate persons as possible voice an opinion about this in the hopes it just might sway the people in power away from the far less numerous but far, far more deafeningly loud voices of the corporate persons and their lobbying money.

    So I went and signed the petition, and as you see. I hope you’ll read it all too and come to the same conclusion. Failing that, maybe you’ll just trust that I did and sign anyway?

    Thanks for reading.

    July 2014 Bestsellers


    July was a fantastic month at Weightless: thank you! DRM-free ebooks for one and all, and ftw! August has kicked off very well especially with the addition of so many Infinity Plus titles — for instance Neil Williamson’s The EphemeraRobert Freeman Wexler Circus of the Grand Designand Anna Tambour’s Monterra’s Deliciosa and Other Tales and. (Yes, that title is correct!)

    The Weekly Sales were huge last month but there were some other big titles, too, so I made a Top 10 (actually 12) as well as magazines (Lightspeed is still destroying science fiction!) and subscriptions:

    1. Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness cover - click to view full sizeClockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, Mike Allan, ed.
    2. The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara
    3. Rasputin’s Bastards by David Nickel
    4. The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack by H. P. Lovecraft ,et al.
    5. The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2010, Paula Guran, ed.
    6. The Poison Oracle, Peter Dickinson
    7. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David Nickel
      The Summer is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved by Joey Comeau
    8. The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2014, Rich Horton, ed.
    9. A Rope of Thorns: Volume Two of the Hexslinger Series by Gemma Files
      Inner City by Karen Heuler
    10. Bearded Woman: Stories by Teresa Milbrodt

    July 2014 Bestselling Magazines

    1. Lightspeed Magazine Issue 49: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue
    2. Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 3, July 2014
    3. Locus July 2014 (#642)
    4. New York Review of Science Fiction #309
      New York Review of Science Fiction #310
    5. Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 40

    On August 13th the price of the Beneath Ceaseless Skies ebook subscription is increasing. It’s currently $13.99 for 1 year/26 issues (56 stories) and will be going up to $15.99. Subscribe (or renew) now before the 13th to get the current price.

    July 2014 Bestselling Subscriptions

    1. Clarkesworld
    2. New York Review of Science Fiction
    3. Galaxy’s Edge
      Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    4. Lightspeed
      Apex Magazine
    5. Bastion Science Fiction Magazine

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    August by Rilo Kiley; Kat Howard

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    August, see Rilo Kiley song below. Isn’t it time for a cold drink? Shouldn’t we sit under a tree, read a book? Hmm.

    Since we just got bombarded with a ton of new magazines I though a quick survey of what’s new would be worth while. Looks like it’s Kat Howard‘s month!

    Locus has an interview with one of the hottest new writers this year, Ann Leckie, whose debut novel Ancillary Justice has been sweeping awards as well as an interview with Ian McDonald and a column by Kameron Hurley with a great title: “People Don’t Buy Books They Don’t Know About (Even Great Ones).”

    Clarkesworld MagazineNew stories from James Patrick Kelly, Caroline M. Yoachim, Kat Howard, and Joseph Tomaras, and reprints from Naomi Novik and Ian R. MacLeod.

    Lightspeed: New stories by An Owomoyela, E. Catherine Tobler, Tahmeed Shafiq, and Kat Howard, along with reprints by Gardner Dozois, David I. Masson, Ken Liu, Gwyneth Jones, and a novella by Sherwood Smith.

    Bastion Science Fiction Magazine brings stories from Clint Spivey, Emma Osborne, Mary Alexandra Agner, William Delman, J. Daniel Batt, Frank Smith, Jared W. Cooper, and Garrick Fincham.

    Nightmare Magazine has dark fiction from Desirina Boskovich and Ben Peek, and reprints from Tia V. Travis and Simon Strantzas, and an excerpt from the novel Proud Parents, by Kristopher Rufty.

    Interzone brings us James Van Pelt, Andrew Hook, Neil Williamson, D.J. Cockburn, E. Catherine Tobler, and Caren Gussuff, and much in the way of nonfiction.

    Meanwhile, dropping quarterly, The Dark has stories from Stephen Graham Jones, Octavia Cade, Emily B. Cataneo, and Darja Malcolm-Clarke.

    If that isn’t enough from you this week, I want to hear about it!

    Flavorwire recommends

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    Nice reading list posted yesterday on Flavorwire included a few books you might know or want to know:

    Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
    “Science fiction and fabulist stories with mathy, orchestral, universal tones, written in gorgeous prose.”

    Jagganath by Karin Tidbeck
    “Strange, haunting goodness from Sweden, with an emphasis on unbelonging. A captivating read.”

    What I Didn’t See and Other Stories by Karen Joy Fowler
    “A stunning collection that mixes history, fantasy, myth, and something else altogether unknowable. Witty and powerful and totally out there.”

    North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud
    “Love stories/monster stories.”

    The Changeling by Joy Williams
    “As Rick Moody says in its introduction: “The Changeling, which is rich with the arresting improbabilities of magic realism, with the surrealism of the folkloric revival (Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber was published about the same time), and with the modernist foreboding of Under the Volcano, would have seemed perfectly legible in 1973 when Gravity’s Rainbow was published, or Gaddis’s J.R. But the late seventies, with their punk rock nihilism and their Studio 54 fatuousness, were perhaps not properly situated to understand this variety of Joy Williams challenge. To their shame.” We’re over all that fatuousness now, though.”

    Ad many more including: Amelia Gray, Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, Matt Bell, Laura Van den Berg, Karen Russell, Jeff VanderMeer, and Nalo Hopkinson.

    June 2014 Bestsellers


    The weekly sales go so well that I’ve added a special “sale” bestseller list for June. First up this month in magazines, Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction destroyed not just science fiction but all comers! (Going to Readercon this weekend? There’ll be a reading and there will be copies of the limited edition paperback on the Small Beer Press table in the book room.) The buzz on WDSF is huge, can’t wait to read my copy.

    Great to see new LONTAR carry over from their big BoingBoing kick last month as well as new magazine Bastion. It’s hard to gain traction with a new magazine — it’s all about finding readers and being able to pay the writers. Here’s a quick link to all the magazines we carry.

    June 2014 Bestselling Magazines

    1. Lightspeed Magazine Issue 49: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue
    2. LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction – #2
    3. LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction – #1
    4. Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 3, June 2014
    5. Locus June 2014 (#641)

    A special note should be made of the very popular Beneath Ceaseless Skies bundles, especially as this is the last day they’re just $9.99 for 25(!) back issues. We have every single past issue of BCS, from #1 to #150, including many that aren’t available anywhere else. As of tomorrow they go back to their regular price. Add some bundles to your cart:
    Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #1-#25
    Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #101-#125
    Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #126-#150
    Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #26-#50
    Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #51-#75
    Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #76-#100.

    The subscriptions category is getting really competitive! Renew yours today:

    June 2014 Bestselling Subscriptions

    1. Galaxy’s Edge
    2. Clarkesworld
    3. New York Review of Science Fiction
    4. Lightspeed
    5. LCRW

    In case you missed last month’s 1-day sales, you can still pick up these very popular books right here and right now:

    1. Nick Mamatas, Sensation
    2. Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Death by Silver
    3. Douglas F. Warrick, Plow the Bones
    4. The New Hero Volume 1: Every Age Needs Its Heroes Ebook