FTR sale, new magazines, and, at last, Was

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    Was: a novel cover - click to view full sizeHey fairy tale fans, we’re running a week long sale on all titles from Fairy Tale Review. Use the coupon FTR when you check out and save 25% on Joy Williams’s Changeling, the Fairy Tale Review Special, and more.

    Congratulations to Karin Tidbeck whose debut collection Jagganath just received the Crawford Award!

    New this week:

    • Apex Magazine featuring Sarah Monette and others.
    • The Second Ghost Story Megapack featuring M.R. James et al.
    • Clarkesworld Magazine (Erzebet YellowBoy, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Greg Kurzawa).
    • Nightmare Magazine (Ted Kosmatka, Sarah Langan, a reprint by Margo Lanagan, and a feature interview with Caitlín R. Kiernan).
    • Lightspeed Magazine (C.C. Finlay, Carrie Vaughn, Genevieve Valentine; reprints from Maureen F. McHugh, Marly Youmans, and John Crowley; interviews with Lois McMaster Bujold and Steven Erikson; ebook-exclusive novella by Tad Williams; an excerpt of Karen Lord’s new novel The Best of All Possible Worlds).
    • Beneath Ceaseless Skies (James L. Sutter and Leslianne Wilder).
    • Locus (Year in Review issue with essays, the Locus 2012 Recommended Reading List, interviews with Catherynne M. Valente and Brian Slattery, etc.).
    • More, always more.

    And, at last! Today is the ebook release day for one of the best, saddest, deepest, most heartbreaking novels we know, Was by Geoff Ryman.

    And for instant gratification, you can read an excerpt from another Small Beer title, Trafalgar, right now at “The Best Day of the Year.”

    Last day of September

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    Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #78

    And you know, even though we sell ebooks and the weather doesn’t matter—we’re still here behind the site rain or shine, whereas at a book festival if it rains, off we go!—all it has done this month in the Happy Valley is rain. Argh! Has meant that although all those outside things I’ve been meaning to do (hello garden, hello Big E!) I’ve read a few more books than usual. And we’ve added a few more things: The most popular might be the Beneath Ceaseless Skies Subscription. BCS, edited by Scott H. Andrews, comes out twice a month (at a buck a pop) or $13.99 for the year. Cheap as chips!

    I also wanted to highlight Icarusthe latest issue of which got posted this week. There’s an interview with a certain Ginn Hale!

    Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction presents stories and features for Fall 2011. A fairy boy confronts a human crush in Alex Jeffers’s “Liam and the Ordinary Boy.” James Bennett tells a tale of death and art and Michaelangelo’s favorite apprentice. Award-winning author Richard Bowes offers another jewel of a tale that begins when a writer meets a devoted fan at an event. Sandra McDonald tells of a mindful puss. Ken Summers, author of a collection of true queer ghost stories investigates a new haunting. Plus, this issue has reviews, gossips, an interview with Ginn Hale and the debut of a new column by Tom Cardamone, who reveals his “Lust” for the talented Geoff Ryman.

    Irregulars: preorderSpeaking of Ginn, we just added a new forthcoming title from Blind Eye Books: Irregulars, which is four novellas from their superstar line-up, Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, and Astrid Amara.

    Next week we have a new Cheeky Frawg book, Amal El-Mohtar’s extremely popular The Honey Month, as well as new issues of all your favorite (er, monthly) magazines. Man, those things are popular!

    We’ve also been wondering if we should start book subscriptions for certain publishers. We’d probably begin with Small Beer Press and expand it if there’s more interest. Tell us if it sounds interesting. Small Beer-wise we added one new ebook: Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer. I love this book and am so happy to have the electronic edition available. Fingers crossed we will have a new chapbook of three of her stories available by the time the World Fantasy Convention rolls around as they’re going to present Angélica with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Since Kalpa Imperial is the only book of hers available in English we are just jumping up and down in our excitement. No, really!

    Anyway, that’s Small Beer. Next week: bestseller lists, new books, and, please, whoever is listening, sunshine!

    New Rifter, Clarkesworld, what’s coming

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    Part 7, Enemies and Shadows cover - click to view full sizeHey, it’s the second Tuesday of the month. Don’t we have a deadline . . . oh wait! It’s time to release the latest installment of The Rifter!  Ok people: start your readers! Rifter 7: Enemies and Shadows is now live.

    Speaking of subscriptions: Clarkesworld is having a “sort of” subscription drive. There isn’t a discount, but if they reach 500 esubscribers by the end of this month, they will add an extra story to each issue. I think that’s a pretty great reason to subscribe and you can do so here.

    In the next couple of weeks we have a few new titles from Small Beer: at last (sorry!) we’ll have the latest issue of LCRW as well as the first ebook (in English, not sure whether they’re available in Spanish) of Argentinean writer Angélica Gorodischer’s to be released in the US: Kalpa Imperial (translated by Ursula K. Le Guin).

    Angélica is one of two authors chosen to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October (yay!).