New Dean Alfar, Icarus, Nancy Kress,& more

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    Alternative Alamat cover - click to view full sizeOk first before I forget: remember we have verrrrry handy Gifts & Gift Certificates available which should take the pressure off any holiday fever you have going. Send them a gift certificate, let them pick our their own DRM-free ebooks and, Voila! Bob’s your uncle, you’re all done.

    Suggestions? How about this week’s two new titles from Flipside? More Dean Francis Alfar is always welcome so I’m glad to say we’ve added his first book, The Kite of Stars. The second title is if anything even more interesting, Alternative Alamat edited by Paolo Chikiamco has eleven stories which start off from the basic elements of Philippine mythology and then build on or question the underlying assumptions.

    Nancy Kress fans? Pick up a copy of her thriller DogsWant more? How radical are you? How about this: Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet. “These speakers offer their ideas on what can be done to build a real resistance movement, one that includes all levels of direct action—action that can actually match the scale of the problem.” Let’s be part of the solution!

    For those who love subscriptions, this week’s recommendation is Icarus edited by Steve Berman. You can pick up four issues at 75% off the cover price ($6.99) here. The new issue, #15, includes Peter Dube, Richard Bowes, Christopher Barzak (whose first novel was just optioned to film!), Stephen Graham Jones (who was a huge hit with the Clarion West students this summer), and JL Merrow.

    Subscription segue: Later this week we’ll have the new issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies to keep fantasy fans happy.

    For the holidays, coming up fast so the calendar says, I’d like peace on earth and for people to be nice to each other. Once those have been accomplished, on the material goods list, maybe an excellent pair of vegan boots? Since next Tuesday is Christmas Day we may not have any new books (although we may, I’m always the last to know) and I will be busy looking for Christmas cake, hoping for a selection box, and playing with wrapping paper. Check out these bestsellers as a place to start for gifts to send all those happy folks with new ereaders to fill.


    New Icarus, Nancy Kress, J. M. McDermott, Weird Tales

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    Everyone but everyone is reading Irregulars right now. How about you? (I know what our #1 March bestseller is going to be!)

    Disintegration Visions

    We have a couple of interesting new books this week that hit a lot of our readers’ interests: sf, glbt sf&f, & weird stuff. While I can’t guarantee the weirdness quotient will be high enough for you, there’s a good chance it will be in J. M. McDermott‘s new collection of stories: Disintegration Visions. As Apex Book Co. puts it:

    “‘Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it.’ These are the words of Crawford Award-nominated fantasy author J.M. McDermott (Last Dragon and Never Knew Another). McDermott says it with aliens, magical frogs, and the Berlin wall.”

    SF&F readers of all stripes can pick up the latest issue of Icarus which features Scot D. Ryersson, James Bennett, Alex Jeffers, Warren Rochelle, and  Steve Berman. “Plus all our usual sweets—reviews, gossip, and Tom Cardamone’s column on forgotten gay books.” Icarus is quarterly and you can subscribe here.

    Fountain of Age

    Nancy Kress’s latest collection Fountain of Age comes out from Small Beer Press in a couple of weeks. We have an exclusive on the ebook until then. You can also go ahead and listen to two of the stories “End Game” and “The Kindness of Strangers” and read the awesome caper (and Nebula Award winning) title story here. There will be another story on the Small Beer podcast next month.

    In other Small Beer news, we dropped the price of Lydia Millet’s The Fires Beneath the Sea to $6.99—the paperback edition comes out next week and we have the second novel in the series, The Shimmers in the Night coming out in July. (Things get dark!)

    And the very first Big Mouth House title is about to come out in paperback: Joan Aiken’s The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories. That’s a book we’re very proud to have published. We still get emails from people telling us how happy they are to have it. (Which is how we felt when we were working on it and when we published it, too.)

    Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and StrangenessLast week we added the second Clockwork Phoenix anthology with critically-acclaimed and award-nominated stories by Claude Lalumière, Leah Bobet, Marie Brennan, Ian McHugh, Ann Leckie, Mary Robinette Kowal, Saladin Ahmed, Tanith Lee, Joanna Galbraith, Catherynne M. Valente, Forrest Aguirre, Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer, Kelly Barnhill, Barbara Krasnoff and Steve Rasnic Tem (quite a few faves in there) as well as the latest issue of that stalwart of the field, Weird Tales. Issue #359 (!) is the last to be edited by Ann VanderMeer and includes an interview with Laird Barron and stories by Stephen Graham Jones, Evan J. Peterson, Tom Underberg, Leena Likitalo, Joel Lane, and Conrad Williams and more.

    And that’s it for this week. Next week: magazines! Locus, Lightspeed, Apex, Clarkesworld, and many more. After talking to David Hartwell, Alex Donald, and Kevin Maroney at ICFA, it looks like we’ll be adding The New York Review of Science Fiction quite soon. The more the merrier!

    Icarus 12

    I also backed a recent Kickstarter (I love Kickstarter—I think we found a potential Small Beer project for it) by the people at Logoswitch which might mean we have a new logo for Weightless. They’re doing 50 logos in 50 days (eek!) so we’ll see what happens. You never know!

    Keep in touch.


    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!