Happy Holidays

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    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Weightless!

    We know there are hundreds of places to get books and magazines around the world so thank you for choosing Weightless for your DRM-free, always available ebooks. We’re always happy to help readers find good books on the site and would love for you to help spread the word.

    I have a few quick gifting recommendations before the actual day of Christmas rolls around. The quickest and easiest gifts are gift certificates which you can give in any amount you choose: $0.99 to $999.00 (or more!). The certificate is good for anything on the site and does not expire.

    Sending friends and family and fellow readers ebooks is also very easy. Just check the “This is a gift order” button when checking out.

    For recommendations:

    The last issue of Electric Velocipede is a huge, great read.

    Apex dropped the price of many of their back issues: issues 15 through 29 are now $1.99 (down from $2.99).

    Do you read ebooks on an iPad or other tablet? PDFs are a good way to go and all the Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Fantasy Magazine issues now have PDF versions! Check them out here.

    And don’t forget you can get collections from Ken McLeodUrsula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy FowlerKim Stanley Robinson, Nalo Hopkinson, Terry Bisson, and Cory Doctorow for 50% off from PM Press.

    Want to get rely into the holiday spirit? Try Season of Wonder edited by Paula Guran and featuring Harlan Ellison, James Patrick Kelly, Ellen Kushner, Charles de Lint, M. Rickert, Connie Willis, Robert Charles Wilson, and Gene Wolfe, among others.

    Happy holidays and be excellent to one another!

    Electric Velocipede issue 27 Clarkesworld: Year Five Report from Planet Midnight Science of Herself The Human Front The Wild Girls Season of Wonder

    So many excellent subscriptions!

    Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 87 Rifter 10: His Holy Bones Lightspeed Magazine Issue 43 Apex Magazine Issue 55 Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #137 New York Review of Science Fiction #303 Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 29 Galaxy’s Edge Magazine – Issue 5: November 2013 Locus December 2013 (#635) Nightmare Magazine Issue 15 Space and Time Magazine Issue #119 Innsmouth Magazine: Issue 14 Interzone #248 Mythic Delirium 0.2 The Dark Issue 2 Flash Fiction Online Issue #3 December 2013 Black Static #36 The Big Click Issue 11 Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #8 Beware the Dark – Issue 1 Midnight Echo Issue 9 Plasma Frequency Magazine – Issue 9 The Common 05

    Hugh Howey, Locus interview

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    Locus December 2013 (#635) cover - click to view full sizeThe December issue of Locus is flying out the door here and I think it is because it has a great interview with Hugh Howey, author of Wool, etc. Howey’s story is interesting. Wool is not his first, second, or third novel. Read the interview, he’s pretty impressive, although he self-deprecatingly says he was just in the right spot at the right time. Sure!

    Carl Brandon Society awards

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    I’m very pleased to report (aka cut and paste!) the winners of the 2011 Carl Brandon Society awards:

    Tenea D. Johnson,
    who received the Carl Brandon Parallax Award
    for her novel Smoketown


    Andrea Hairston,
    who received the Carl Brandon Kindred Award
    for her novel Redwood and Wildfire.



    • Zen Cho for “The House of Aunts”
    • Zen Cho for “起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion – The Lion Bows)”
    • Minister Faust for The Alchemists of Kush
    • Tenea D. Johnson for R/evolution
    • Yoon Ha Lee for “Ghostweight”
    • An Owomoyela “All That Touches the Air”
    • Nisi Shawl for “Black Betty”
    • JoSelle Vanderhooft for Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories

    Smoketown cover Redwood and Wildfire cover



    Hey, Weightless is on Vice. Who knew they did comics? Anyway, I love their reports/attempts at reports on stuff like mountain top removal “mining” and (the one I read in a waiting room recently) on trying to find actual child miners in Bolivia. (Spoiler: they find some.)

    November 2013 Bestsellers


    And that was a fun month! Check out the top books: this site is a great place for short story readers!

    The Weekly Weightless One Book One Day Sale test was very successful and it will be back again this Thursday. Don’t miss it.

    We launched another feature: sending emails to readers when subscriptions are expiring. These are 100% working but weren’t ready at the start of the month when I sent it out. Sorry! You can choose on your profile page to receive these or not:

     Please don’t remind me about my expired subscriptions.

    Also, all PM Press books are 50% off this month.

    November 2013 Books

    1. The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman
    2. Beyond the Rift, Peter Watts
    3. Clarkesworld Magazine, #86, Robert Reed, Seth Dickinson, Maggie Clark,  Maureen F. McHugh, & more
    4. Kabu, Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor
    5. Horse of a Different Color: StoriesHoward Waldrop


    1. Clarkesworld Magazine
    2. Galaxy’s Edge Magazine
    3. Lightspeed Magazine
    4. Apex Magazine
    5. Beneath Ceaseless Skies Magazine

    The Freedom Maze    Beyond the Rift  Kabu, Kabu

    PM Press: 50% off!


    Great news: all PM Press books are on sale this month: they are all 50% off!

    Just enter the coupon


    and all your PM Press titles (cookbooks! politics! science fiction) will be 50% off all this month! Remember: PM Press books also make excellent gifts. And gifts can be scheduled for any special day . . .

    Talking Anarchy Living Spirit of Revolt  Modern Politics Science of Herself Anarchy, Geography, Modernity  Cazzarola!  State Capitalism and World Revolution Songs of Freedom  Jobs with Justice Braided Lives Mango and Mint  Basic Skills Caucasian Americans Workbook New Taboos Snitch World  Jerusalem Commands: The Third Volume of the Colonel Pyat Quartet 

    Happy US Thanksgiving!

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    In the Company of Thieves cover - click to view full sizeTomorrow in the USA, a lot of people will celebrate Thanksgiving. Around the world: not so much. So we decided to add a title to the Weightless Weekly 1-Day 1-Book sale (we need a better name for this!). Look out for that tomorrow morning. And don’t forget to come back Friday for the latest from Twelfth Planet Press, Andrew Macrae’s mind boggling science fiction novel Trucksong.

    Earlier this week the latest (bird-themed) issue of Innsmouth Magazine went out (with fiction by Gemma Files, J. M. McDermott, Orrin Grey, and more) and we updated the page for In the Company of Thieves by Kage Baker (includes one collaborative story by her sister) to include more info about this reader favorite’s last collection.

    And big news for Ginn Hale fans: you can now preorder Champion of the Scarlet Wolf.

    I am thankful for the chance to read good books, to work with good people (hi Michael!) and with lots of great independent publishers and authors. Thank you for reading Weightless books!

    Innsmouth Magazine: Issue 14 Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book One Preorder

    Updates, we gots updates

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    Kabu, KabuHey, that was a fun week. We ran a quick test on the upcoming Weekly Weightless One-Day sale and it was very successful. Suffice to say I think I know which book will be #1 this month. We’re skipping next week (it being Thanksgiving!) and WW1day1book sale will be back on December 5th with a bang!

    Two collections came out this week and immediately found happy readers: Kabu, Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor (the reviews on this are terrific) and Beyond the Rift from Canadian (“banned in the USA) science fiction writer Peter S. Watts. Kage Baker fans should not miss her final collection, In the Company of Thieves.

    There are four new books from FableCroft—getting in all these Australian publishers’ work is awesome!—and a couple more from our friends at Aqueduct, including Lori Selke’s The XY Conspiracy which kicks off from this intriguing UFO-hunter’s question: Why Are There No Women in Black?

    Over at Small Beer we launched another book into the litmosphere, Alan DeNiro’s new collection Tyrannia and Other RenditionsYou can listen to an interview with Alan and hear him read from the book on this KFAI interview.

    And in more price chopping news: Livia Day’s foodie mystery (the one with the fun videoA Trifle Dead has dropped to $6.99.

    The Freedom Maze A Trifle Dead Tyrannia and Other Renditions  In the Company of Thieves Beyond the Rift  The XY Conspiracy


    Howard Waldrop: Horse of a Different Color

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    24979-coverYou’ve probably read a Howard Waldrop story and don’t realize it.

    Have you ever remembered how the last flock of dodo birds met their end in a 1920s backyard barbeque over 200 years after the dodo was declared extinct? Have you ever recalled that a small band of the Lakota people and a Tyrannosaurus Rex defeated Union soldiers during the Civil War? Have you marveled that woolly mammoths are using humans to get through the interglacial period? Have you contemplated the conditions under which Alcatraz couldn’t hold a werewolf? Have you wondered how much truth there was to the stories of Ann Darrow after she returned from King Kong’s Skull Island?

    Does any of this ring a bell? If so, you’ve been Howard Waldrop’d. He’s a master of the short story format. Waldrop has been writing weird, wonderful, well-researched stories for a long time. So far, Waldrop’s work has garnered him a Nebula Award, a World Fantasy Award and numerous Hugo nominations.

    Waldrop’s latest collection, Horse of a Different Color, just came out. It includes ten of Waldrop’s best stories published in as many years. In addition to some of the stories above, you’ll find the piece that lent the collection its name and includes the line, “You were going to tell me about the Vatican’s and Mussolini’s interest in vaudeville horse-suit acts.” Add a sprinkling of time or history distortion, and that line sums up the Waldrop genre. “The King of Where-I-Go,” which was nominated for a Hugo Award, was the story I most enjoyed in Horse of a Different Color. I challenge any author to write a better tale about time travel, polio, siblings and the exact working of a linotype machine.

    Waldrop’s encyclopedic knowledge of odd things was on display at Capclave 2013, the Washington Science Fiction Association’s annual convention. Waldrop was the Special Guest. He participated in panels like “A Survey of Kickass Animals that Probably Don’t Exist” and “Any Resemblance to Real People is Intentional.” Often, Waldrop let the extroverts talk, but he occasionally broke in with something compelling offered in his soft southern accent. During an hour-long, one-on-one interview before an audience of hundreds, Waldrop told stories, cracked jokes and talked about writing, reading and the challenges of life. Among other things, Waldrop recommended everyone go home and write a thank-you letter to their favorite character actor.

    Waldrop is a most interesting character himself. His latest collection is worth a read. You might also want to check out Howard Who, an earlier collection similarly filled with great stories, some of which were mentioned above.

    Dum de Dum

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    Splashdance SilverTomorrow: new books from Prime and FableCroft, today, well, definitely inside brewing.* We updated the Slightly Weighty links on the left hand side to include links to the mailing list (i.e. where to sign up to get the weekly sale email) and a link to dollar ebooks (i.e. 99 cent ebooks) as we don’t want readers to miss when books such as Splashdance Silver by Tansy Rayner Roberts go on sale. (It’s 99 cents to celebrate the third book, Ink Black Magic, coming out tomorrow.)

    Anyway, here’s an exciting replica of the menu with exciting additions:

    * Can’t really say inside baseball as I’d have no idea** what we’re talking about. Michael might be able to explain it but I might fall asleep or find something shiny to play with.
    ** Although when it gets technical, I really have no idea anyway. . . .


    Peter Watts, Karen Hueler, Weekly Sale TK

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    The Inner CityMichael and I are working on a feature we’re looking forward to launching before the end of the year: the Weekly Weightless One Day Sale. Every Thursday we’ll have one book on super sale: at least 50% off. Add your name to the sale email list here.

    It’s a busy time here at Weightless, although I like to think the website is going along nice and smoothly from your side. Well, apart from the huge mistake I made last week when I emailed thousands of readers I shouldn’t have. Thanks everyone for being so understanding. Suffice to say I will not be sending out any more emails without running it by Michael first.

    We just added Karen Heuler’s collection The Inner City, which, along with Yoon Ha Lee’s The Conservation of Shadows was selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year. Two short story collections in the top 5 sf&f books? Alright!

    Another book that’s proving very popular is Peter Watts new collection Beyond the Rift from Tachyon. I don’t know if this is Peter’s first collection (ok, I could check that), but it is flying off the virtual shelf. (Note to self: Need new metaphors.)

    Not to be missed: Mary Anne Mohanraj’s The Stars Change. Mary Anne did a Kickstarter for the book a couple of years ago and it is great to see it coming out in all formats.

    Also, a personal fave, Maureen F. McHugh’s “Special Economics,” is reprinted in the new issue of Clarkesworld. Hey, reviews of fave (or, er, unfave, I suppose) books are always welcome!

    And that’s it for this afternoon. Enjoy your weekend!

    Beyond the Rift The Big Click Issue 11 The Stars Change

    October 2013 Bestsellers


    Was it all spooky, all the time? Well, there was some dark fantasy in there courtesy of Paula Guran’s Year’s Best, but at the top end of the charts were 2 magazines fighting it out for top spot. BCS took one spot and CW another. Too many acronyms?

    In first place was The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Year Four (with Beneath Ceaseless Skies itself at #2 in subscriptions) which seems absolutely right given that “The Telling” by Gregory Norman Bossert  from Beneath Ceaseless Skies’s 11/29/12 issue just won the World Fantasy Award for best short story! Congratulations to Gregory and to Scott, the editor—and of course to all the winners and nominees. BCS was also in the middle of their 5th Anniversary Sale.

    A year ago there was an unofficial Clarkesworld subscription drive after editor and publisher Neil Clarke posted that he had lost his day job. Of course you can read Clarkesworld for free, but as Neil points out in his November editorial:

    To add that long-awaited fourth story in each issue, we need to convince another 1% of our online readership to subscribe.

    So if you’re a fan, here’s my earliest Xmas gift suggestion: a Clarkesworld subscription!

    October 2013 Books

    1. The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Four
      Clarkesworld Magazine # 85
    2. Rich Horton, et al, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2013
    3. New York Review of Science Fiction #301
    4. Paula Guran, et al, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2013
      Greer Gilman, Cry Murder! in a Small Voice
    5. Ginn Hale et al, Irregulars


    1. Clarkesworld Magazine
    2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies Magazine
      New York Review of Science Fiction Subscription
      The Rifter

    3. Apex Magazine
    4. Galaxy’s Edge Magazine
    5. Interzone
      Lightspeed Magazine

    Cry Murder! in a Small Voice The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2013 The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2013 Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 85 The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Four Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #109 Rifter 1: The Shattered Gates Apex Magazine Issue 53 Galaxy’s Edge Magazine – Issue 5: November 2013 Interzone #248 



    While testing and being all happy about a reminder email to subscribers that their subscription to LCRW had expired I made some kind of huge mistake and emailed thousands of non-LCRW subscribers that their (nonexistent) subscription has expired.

    My apologies to all and sundry!

    Conservation of Shadows Officially Best of 2013

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    Congratulations of Yoon Ha Lee whose new collection, Conservation of Shadows, is officially one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013! It is always great to see short story collections getting a nod in these lists.

    The whole Best Books list is interesting to see—especially 2 months from the end of the year, but PW’s job is to read ahead—and it will be fun and inspiring (of arguments and joy) to see what else makes the end of year lists. I’d put Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Nicola Griffith’s Hild in my top 3 (not sure what the 3rd book is!).

    Anyway: go get Conservation of Shadows!

    Conservation of Shadows cover

    Just in time for Halloween . . .

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    Flash Fiction Online Issue #1 October 2013

    Amazon have bought you, me, the internet, and Totoro. Boo! Just kidding. I think.

    Instead: we have a scary new magazine from the UK: Beware the Dark, edited by Paul Fry. It has a full color interior and is 158 pages of horrorororor from Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Kealan Patrick Burke, James B. Carter, Aaron J. French, Jeremy Terry, Timothy McGivney, and much more. Check them out, give them a scare and a welcome to the wild world of magazines.

    The other magazine we added this month is Flash Fiction Online, edited by Suzanne Vincent, which comes with fiction by Gillian Daniels (“His Brother’s Bite”), Barbara Barnett (“Swan Maiden”), and Jorie Daniels (“Bats at Dusk”). How to make this one Halloween-y? Um. Fiction in bite-sized chunks?

    Also: we have a new feature we want to roll out next month: a weekly 1-day, 1-title sale. Sign up for the sale-only mailing list here.

    Beware the Dark – Issue 1


    Galaxy’s Edge: A Little Bit of Everything and Done Well

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    36205-coverCarol Resnick no longer goes to science fiction movies with her husband, Mike. She can’t take his ranting. Mike Resnick is the editor of a new bi-monthly magazine, Galaxy’s Edge, but he has a long history with science fiction editing and publishing. Each issue of Galaxy’s Edge opens with an essay by Resnick, who doesn’t mince words. In the most recent issue, he asks, “How can big-budget science fiction films be so ambitious and so dumb at the same time, so filled with errors that no editor I’ve ever encountered (and that’s a lot of editors, including some incredibly lax ones) would let me get away with?”

    Resnick’s essays are just one entertaining aspect of Galaxy’s Edge. The magazine is filled with classic works by well-known authors, captivating science fiction and fantasy published for the first time, guest essays, book reviews and serialized novels. On the surface, this mix of works in a science fiction and fantasy magazine is nothing new. But the surface is an illusion. Resnick has been around science fiction and fantasy for a long time. He knows where all the good older stories are hidden, and he seems to have access to amazing new authors who haven’t yet made a name for themselves. Reading an issue of Galaxy’s Edge is a three-hour adventure filled with unexpected wonders.

    Nick T. Chan’s “Sisters” is a great example of a story that sticks with you. Resnick had judged “Sisters” for Writers of the Future. He tracked down Chan in Australia to secure the story’s first publication. “Sisters” is luminous fantasy with a touch of science fiction atop a solid tale of siblings who aren’t quite Siamese twins. One of the twins is a mage, and the other twin supplies the mage’s energy to do her magic. Trust me, it’s awesome.

    Some of my favorite older works of fiction in Galaxy’s Edge include a reprint of Kij Johnson’s “Schrödinger’s Cathouse,” which is just what it sounds like and a classic. Michael F. Flynn’s “Buried Hopes” surprised me with the unglamorous account of an alien crew that accidentally crash-landed on Earth long ago. For a work of science fiction that manages to tie together wormhole communications, dentistry jokes and the eternal battles between certain types of editors and certain of the edited, I highly recommend Janis Ian’s “Correspondence With a Breeder.”

    In the realm of Galaxy’s Edge non-fiction, my two favorite items were by Gregory Benford. “A Frozen Future: Cryonics as a Gamble” is a point-by-point essay about the realities and fictions that cryonics holds for current and future human populations. In “Leaping the Abyss: Stephen Hawking on Black Holes, Unified Field Theory, and Marilyn Monroe,” Benford writes about time spent with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University. Their conversation ranges over a great deal of territory including life, cosmology and science fiction. Benford’s observations are personal and poignant.

    The next bi-monthly issue of Galaxy’s Edge will be available on November 1. You still have time to catch up on an old issue or two. Above, I chose my favorite pieces without regard to issue, but I ended up liking something about every issue. If you have to chose, I recommend Issue 4. If you don’t have to choose, then try a subscription. You’ll enjoy it.

    Galaxy’s Edge is a bi-monthly (every two months) magazine published by Phoenix Pick, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Arc Manor, an award winning independent press based in Maryland. Each issue of the magazine has a mix of new and old (reprint) stories.