Last Chance to Get in on the Lightspeed and Fantasy Subscription Drive

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    Lightspeed Magazine Issue 13Fantasy Magazine #53Readercon starts tomorrow, which means tonight at midnight marks the end of the Lightspeed and Fantasy subscription drive: your last chance to get in on a year’s worth of two excellent magazines at 25% off, get two extra Prime ebooks free on the bargain, plus all the other crazy bonus stuff mentioned here.

    A big thank you to everyone who’s participated. The drive has been a big hit so far, and we’re sure to be trying this again in the near future with some of our other magazines. So be sure to stop by in August!

    Win a Nook Simple Touch in the Lightspeed & Fantasy Subscription Drive

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    NOOK Home screenWe’re excited to kick off our first subscription drive and very happy that it’s for two excellent magazines: Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine. There are many reasons to subscribe: both magazines are edited by John Joseph Adams and feature fiction and interviews with top class authors such as Bruce Sterling, Anne McCaffrey, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Stephen Baxter, Holly Phillips, Nnedi Okorafor, and more, more, more. Both are delivered by email to you at the start of each month. Nothing could be simpler!

    But that’s just for starters:

    Every new subscriber to Lightspeed Magazine will receive a free copy of Federations. (Featuring Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, George R.R. Martin, Robert Silverberg and more.)

    Every new subscriber to Fantasy Magazine will receive a free copy of The Way of the Wizard. (Featuring Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Robert Silverberg, Kelly Link, and more.)

    Save! Subscribe to both Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine and receive free copies of The Way of the Wizard and Federations and save 25%! Twelve issues each of these magazines, two anthologies: all for $29.95!

    Lightspeed Magazine Issue 13

    And! At the end of the drive, we’ll throw all the new subscribers’ (in the US & Canada) names in a hat and randomly pick 10 winners who will receive: T-shirts from Kobo, Small Beer Press, and Weightless Books, as well as a selection of titles (paper or ebooks, your choice) from Prime and Small Beer.

    And then! The fun part. . . . In a couple of weeks, Prime Books publisher Sean Wallace will be at the Readercon convention in Boston. If we have 250 new subscribers by July 13th—since we don’t have a dunk tank—any new subscribers attending the convention will be offered the opportunity to gently dunk Mr. Wallace in the Boston Marriott Burlington pool! (Email us if you subscribe, are going to Readercon, and like swimming!)

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    MORE! Even though he faces a potential soaking, Sean has moved past that and announced that should 500 new subscribers be added, he will donate a free Nook Simple Touch Reader and a $50 gift card (either to Weightless or bn.com) for a randomly picked subscriber.

    So, the more subscribers there are, the more prizes there are for everyone! Thanks for reading, subscribing, keeping it indie, and please do spread the word.

    Federations The Way of the Wizard

    Small Print That Is Not So Small

    Since we don’t want recent Lightspeed and Fantasy subscribers to feel they’ve missed out, we are going to backdate this to include those who subscribed from 12:01 AM on June 1st 2011 to 11:59 PM EST on July 13th. Free books will be added to subscribers Libraries within ten days of the end of this promotion. Employees of Weightless Books and Prime Books are ineligible for prizes(!).

    Lightspeed is in, we’re back, we sold a lot of books in March

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    Don’t worry Lightspeed subscribers: your subscription is still working, the site is still here, it’s just that this month’s issue was delayed by the publisher. And that’s it: sent out! Apologies for the delay and thanks for your patience.

    Perhaps not surprising to those who follow Ginn Hale but March was a massive month for us here due to the release of the first part of The Rifter. It’s going so well we’re hoping to bring you more serials and at some point we’ll start releasing original Weightless Books ebooks. But more on that in the future.

    Before the bestsellers I should mention that on the first Monday of the month we added new issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, and Fantasy magazines. Apex just transferred their subscribers over here: hi everyone! About 2% of subscribers had problems which Michael sorted out pretty quickly. As ever: more subscriptions will be coming soon. And, Michael has a story in the new issue of Apex: check it out!

    March 2011

    1. The Rifter Subscription & The Rifter 1: The Shattered Gates, Ginn Hale
    2. Lord of the White Hell Book One and Book Two, Ginn Hale
    3. Fantasy Magazine 12-Month Subscription
    4. Lightspeed Magazine Annual Ebook Subscription
    5. Apex Magazine 12-Month Subscription
      Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale

    Darn website. Why does it want to run the bottom of the list right into the text below? Here’s some hard to read text to move them apart.

    Besides all the magazine fun we added another of John Joseph Adams‘s huge anthologies, The Way of the Wizard; an anthology of three space operas, Battlestations, from David Drake; and  the promising-looking Promises, Promises by L-J Baker:

    Sandy Blunt, witch, has big dreams but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. The punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death. With the help of ill-assorted companions, including a self-professed princess in disguise with a wild imagination, a self-absorbed member of the royal guard, and the not-so-average girl next door, Sandy has a year and a day to travel to far-flung places–encountering such dangerous creatures as a dragon who writes awful poetry, slovely elves, and boarding house landladies–to collect the weird and magical items needed to turn her prophecies into promises and so evade the executioner

    A huge week!

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    All around the world Ginn Hale fans are reading the first installment of her massive new serial The Rifter. You too can join the legions of subscribers here. Or, if you’re more the single-issue type of reader (I know you’re out there), here are links to the first installment, The Shattered Gates, as well as to preorders for the next couple, Servants of the Crossed Arrows and Black Blades. And if you’re of the speculative (or nail-bitey) kind, there’s a handy Goodreads group, What Will Happen Next in The Rifter?

    The Rifter isn’t the only subscription we have going. You know how I’m always saying we have more sekrit good stuff coming? Here’s some of that stuff! This month we’re very proud to announce we’re adding two more fantastic monthly magazines, Fantasy Magazine and Apex Magazine.

    Fantasy Magazine, which just underwent a redesign, is edited by that superstar editor guy John Joseph Adams and the March 2011 issue features George R. R. MartinHolly Black, Genevieve Valentine, and Tanith Lee. Not a bad set of names to kick off with!

    Apex Magazine has the stars, too and Issue 22, edited by award-winning writer Catherynne M. Valente, features fiction and poetry from Darin BradleyJessica WickKat HowardMike AllenNicole Kornher-StaceSonya Taaffe, and Veronica Schanoes.

    We should be adding back issues of both these fine zines later in spring. Just wait, more zines they are a-coming. Alt.Indie.Fabby.Mags.R.Us.

    This week we also added two publishers: Chelsea Station Editions and Invisible Publishing. For the former, we launch with three fascinating titles:

    True Stories by Felice Picano
    From the co-founder of the path breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs . . . Throughout are his delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the one-of-a-kind and the famous—including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.

    The Wolf at the Door by Jameson Currier
    From the award-winning author of Where the Rainbow Ends and The Haunted Heart comes a witty tour de force of spirits, spooks, and sinners, a supernatural roller coaster set in the Big Easy.

    Bob the Book by David Pratt
    Meet Bob the Book, a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he falls in love with another book, Moishe.

    and from Invisible, a neat indie press from that lovely place just north of here (Canada!), we have a magic realist novel and a zine anthology:

    L (and things come apart) Ian Orti
    A small flat sits unoccupied above Henry’s café. When a woman comes to rent the room, Henry’s world begins an unusual transformation. As they grow closer the city itself is affected, changed, and slowly dismantled. Unsure if he is a victim of his own senility, the chaos inches closer and Henry suspects it may have something to do with the woman upstairs and the stranger she is hiding from.

    Ghost Pine: All Stories True Jeff Miller
    Miller has published the zine Ghost Pine (originally Otaku) since 1996. Ghost Pine: All Stories True collects the best stories from the zine’s first thirteen years as well as over fifty pages of new and previously unpublished material.

    And that is it! There’s enough here even for our biggest readers—Doug!—so much so that I’m not sure what we’ll have next week. Actually, that’s a half-truth at best, sorry. We have some lovely news coming about who and what we’ll be adding.

    As ever, thanks for choosing Weightless! This little site only exists because readers choose to fill their readers with books and zines from indie presses and we all very much appreciate it.