Clarkesworld & Forever in PDF

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    Good news for fans of the portable document format: both Clarkesworld & Forever magazines are now available in PDF. Get your own fixed formatted files here:

    Forever Magazine Issue 16 cover - click to view full size Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 116 cover - click to view full size

    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!

    May 2013 Bestsellers

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    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.

    For comparison here are the last couple of month’s bestseller charts—MarchApril—and for real fun, May 2011!


    1. Locus, May 2013
    2. Lord of the White Hell Book One & Book Two, Ginn Hale
    3. Ginn Hale et al, Irregulars
      New York Review of Science Fiction #296
      Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 80
      A Stranger in OlondriaSofia Samatar
    4. Electric Velocipede, issue 26
    5. At the Mouth of the River of BeesKij Johnson


    1. Clarkesworld Magazine
    2. Galaxy’s Edge Magazine
    3. Lightspeed Magazine
    4. The Rifter
    5. Nightmare Magazine

    Locus May 2013 (#628) Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 80 Lightspeed Magazine Issue 37 A Stranger in Olondria At the Mouth of the River of Bees Electric Velocipede issue 26

    O’Reilly, award season, mango, mint, and more

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    This week we added the first 50 or so titles from 2000+ O’Reilly Media titles we’ll be adding this month. O’Reilly are the ne plus ultra of computing books and we are very happy to be able to bring their excellent (and excellently made) DRM-free ebooks to Weightless. I used to love stocking the O’Reilly catalog—all those gnus and aardvarks and all kinds of animals! I know we have some readers who lean towards reading manuals for fun and hope that you’ll be tempted to pick them up here. (If any computational-minded readers want to write about O’Reilly books for us, drop me a line!)

    New this week from the great north, Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side. LCRW readers will remember her Jane Austen story, “The Book of Judgement,” although I fear the book might be too spooky for me!

    To change things up, we also have with Nicky Garrett’s tasty-looking Mango and Mint: recipes inspired by the foods of the Arab world, India, and North Africa, such as Baba Ghanoush, Red Pepper Bulgur Salad, Spinach Pies, Harissa, Donuts in Syrup, and Indian favorites such as Apple Soup, Peanut Vada, Chana Masala with Green Chiles, and Mango Rice.

    Electric Velocipede has a new issue out, #26. Subscriber copies went out a couple of days ago and you can get yours here for just a buck ninety-nine.

    Award season, or at least finalist season, is in full flow so congratulations to more award finalists are due: first to R. A. MacAvoy whose Death and Resurrection is a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award finalist and and then the finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. Below are the ones you can read here. Note that you can download the issue of Lightspeed with Ken Liu’s “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” free.

    Coincidentally, you can read a short essay by Aliette de Bodard at the Book Smugglers this week on “Dragons, heroes and spaceships: pushing against received narratives.”


    Death and Resurrection cover - click to view full size  Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 69 cover - click to view full size After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall cover - click to view full size  Mango and Mint cover - click to view full size Hair Side, Flesh Side cover - click to view full size Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security cover - click to view full size Lightspeed Magazine Issue 27 cover - click to view full size Electric Velocipede issue 26 cover - click to view full size

    Spiders and Sparring in Clarkesworld Issue 79

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    Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 79 cover - click to view full sizeArachnophobes beware: this month’s Clarkesworld, Issue 79, has spiders. Not the big scary Moche-type that demand human sacrifices in order to be appeased. Well, not exactly. In Kali Wallace’s “No Portraits on the Sky,” Rela’s spider colony does her bidding even when she tells them to heal a man who has fallen through the treetops into her world. “No Portraits on the Sky” is a sublime work of original fiction that almost makes me want my own spider companions to nip and click at the back of my neck (without killing me!)

    Post-apocalyptic garden gnomes also lurk in this month’s Clarkesworld. Emily C. Skaftun’s “Melt With You” is dominated by the vicious critters. The apocalypse has happened. Any inanimate object with a face now contains the soul of someone who used to be human. Our hero in the story is a pink plastic lawn flamingo. As to the garden gnomes, “They were united by their psychotic belief in the true Christian apocalypse, the crusade they’d undertaken to kill everyone on Earth to bring it about.” A bloodless battle ensues, killing many. Garden gnomes are terrifying. They deserve their own sub-genre. That’s the only way to appease them.

    Kij Johnson’s “Spar (Making Bacon Version)” is another standout. The original version (“Spar”) was a 2009 Nebula Award Winner. Johnson wrote an alternate version for Baconthology: The Sweet and Savory Science Fiction Anthology. Clarkesworld reproduces the bacon version in the new issue. I recommend reading the original first, if you haven’t done so already, before taking in the awesomeness that is the bacon version.

    The World Science Fiction Association nominated Clarkesworld five times for the 2013 Hugo Awards. In Issue 79, editor Neil Clarke answers the question “How Did This Happen” a non-fiction piece that explains his interest since childhood in science fiction and the role Readercon (coming up this year July 11-14) played in his life. Published monthly since October 1, 2006, Clarkesworld is available for purchase here on Weightless.

    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.”

    November is the month to subscribe

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    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!

    The world isn’t all bad


    Today: new issues of Mythic Delirium and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, three new preorders from Small Beer Press and two—including a collection of Kage Baker’s film columns—from Tachyon. (There’s also a free Small Beer download here.)

    But mostly I wanted to write about two online/ebook things of note. First: FictionwiseI signed up in April 2004 and our first Small Beer titles went up there in 2005. It was a good site, with its own weirdnesses (like all sites, cough?). They would, rather handily for us, take especially formatted rtf files and make them into ebooks—sort of like an early version of Smashwords or Calibre. We had to pay $5 to buy the files back, but it meant we’d have the weird formats we needed (epub (what did that mean?), lit, (R.I.P., but not missed), and mobi (what?)) to distribute to other sites. (Some of our ebooks are still sourced from those files!) In 2009 when Barnes & Noble bought them I expected the site to disappear immediately. Instead they gave it a couple of years to wind down and now it’s near dormant. Ah well. Thanks chaps!

    Second: Despite general crappiness in various parts of the world, here at Weightless it’s been an awe-inspiring week watching the reading community gather around and support Neil Clarke and his excellent Clarkesworld Magazine.

    Readers from all over the world subscribed, donated, and spread the word and the subscriptions (here and on Am*zon) piled up. Neil used to run a bookstore, Clarkesworld Books—you can still buy some of his stock online and at conventions. He stocked all kinds of sf&f books, including from February 2003 onward, Small Beer books and chapbooks—and even our zine, LCRW. He was quick to pay and stocked most of our books—what is not to love?—so of course we were sad when he closed the store in 2007.

    But Neil had already started Clarkesworld Magazine in October 2006, so we couldn’t be that sad. Clarkesworld was reliable, paid writers well, and published good stuff. Neil and co. quickly made their mark and became one of the best sf&f magazines around. So when Neil lost his day job last week, lots of readers, writers, editors, fans, artists, podcasters, etc., etc., who Neil had treated well were all looking out for him. No one wanted Clarkesworld to go away. The word was spread and spread, and people came out with fervor.

    It was amazing to see and, besides being a great example of a community reacting positively to some bad news, it was a great example of what a difference many small, solitary acts of support can make. No one person could do what needed to be done to keep the magazine going: but hundreds of people doing what they could, that made a difference. With luck Clarkesworld will be going strong for many years to come and I wanted to especially thank everyone who subscribed through Weightless. It was awesome to know that—besides doing what we set out to do: get DRM-free ebooks out to the widest possible readership—we were also helping just a little bit to keep Neil and his awesome magazine in business.

    Subscribe to Clarkesworld


    Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 73 cover - click to view full sizeIt’s Clarkesworld Subscription day here at Weightless. Neil Clarke tweeted that he has lost his day job so please consider supporting one of the best online mags around. If a sub is out of reach, how about a recent issue?

    The current issue features fiction from E. Catherine Tobler, Maggie Clark, and Brooke Wonders. Issue 71 was a corker with stories by Kij Johnson and Sofia Samatar. Or, see what all the fuss is about with the two most popular issues this year:

    Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 73

    This issue features the following stories: “A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones” by Genevieve Valentine, “England under the White Witch” by Theodora Goss and “The Battle of Candle Arc” by Yoon Ha Lee.

    Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 68

    This issue features the following stories: “Prayer” by Robert Reed, “Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop” by Suzanne Church and “All the Things the Moon is Not” by Alexander Lumans.

    Or take the easy way and get Clarkesworld delivered to you every month by subscribing!

    Wizard’s Tower added, Apex reached, Lethe has a green thumb

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    Green Thumb: a novellaOut goes the latest issue of Apex Magazine into the world. It has a story and interview with Genevieve Valentine as well as stories by Kat Howard, Marie Brennan, and Nir Yaniv, an article with the best title ever by Jim C. Hines (“Mighty Axes and Beer-Soaked Beards: The Portrayal of Dwarves in Fantasy”) and Lynne M. Thomas’s editorial. If monthly isn’t enough for your magazine fix, don’t forget that every two weeks there’s a new issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

    We’re happy to announce that we have added the first five titles from Wizard’s Tower Press which is run by our pal Cheryl Morgan over in the UK. Get your Ben Jeapes and Juliet McKenna here. Also this week, new titles from those busy bees at Lethe Press, including the fascinating looking Green Thumb by Tom Cardamone where “Mutability blooms in the Florida Keys after the Red War.” Caught my eye.

    Lethe have also published a few very interesting looking anthologies of late:

    Jeapes Japes


    What else? The new Locus hasn’t arrived at my house yet, but you can get it instantly in pdf, epub, and mobi. It has interviews with Jack Vance and Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, awards winners, an appreciation of Ray Bradbury by his daughter, and all the usual good stuff.

    In Small Beer Press news it was a great weekend as Delia Sherman’s The Freedom Maze had received its third(!) award, the Mythopoeic, and Karen Lord’s debut novel Redemption in Indigo received its fourth(!!), the Carl Brandon Parallax Award.

    There’s also a new Small Beer Podcast wherein Benjamin Rosenbaum’s “Sense and Sensibility” is read by Dave Thompson, and for those who like apps, Joan Aiken’s lovely “The Sale of Midsummer” is now up for free on Consortium’s free Bookslinger short story app.

    Lastly: there were a few errors in the latest issue of Clarkesworld, so we have uploaded the most recent, corrected edition of issue 71 which is now available to all readers and subscribers in the Library.

    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!).