Lethe Press Year’s Best Bundles – $5


    We just updated and lowered prices on all three Year’s Best bundles from Lethe Press. Each one includes every annual installment from 2011 to 2016 and is a pretty ridiculously good deal:

    Heiresses of Russ Bundle

    Wilde Stories Bundle

    Gay Stories Bundle


    A Sale Today, A Sale TK


    How to Whistle: Stories cover Today Gregg Shapiros’s collection How to Whistle is on sale for just $0.99!

    And mark your calendars because on Thursday we’re bringing back our One Day sales. We have a lovely line up of books to come that will start with some Small Beer Press mysteries and definitely include some other titles from the deep backlist.

    Looking for more sale titles? Try here. And sign up for the sale email here.

    Portraits at an Exhibition Receives a 2016 Art in Literature Award

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    Portraits at an Exhibition cover - click to view full sizePORTRAITS AT AN EXHIBITION, published by Lethe Press, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Art in Literature Award, co-sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The award goes to “an outstanding book published in the previous year that is written primarily in response to a work (or works) of art while also showing the highest literary quality as a creative or scholarly work.

    The Art in Literature Award is named in honor of author and journalist Mary Lynn Kotz, a longtime contributing editor for ARTnews magazine, whobuilt a career interviewing, researching, writing, and lecturing about art and artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe and John Cage. Her critically acclaimed book Rauschenberg/Art and Life (Abrams) balances deft observations of craft with a biographer’s chronicle of the American artist. Through her service to cultural institutions and initiatives, including many in Virginia, Kotz has shown a lifelong commitment to making the arts a vital presence in society.

    The God in Flight Returns

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    The God in Flight cover - click to view full sizeLaura Argiri’s novel The God in Flight was first published in 1996. The story of a Yale student’s romance with his art professor was one of the few gay historical romances at the time and was very well received:

    “Argiri provides an enchanting menagerie of bullies and villains, friends and mentors. And her pair of lovers are as memorable as Mary Renault’s Alexander and Bagoas. Many readers should be delighted by this haunting blend of melodrama and fancy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

    “Argiri understands the way intellectual gay men in the late 19th century thought and felt.”—David Leavitt for the Los Angeles Times

    “Art professor Doriskos Klionarios looks and sculpts like a Greek god. His teenage student, Simion Satterwhite, has a faunlike beauty and a genius for math. Their true love triumphs over child abuse, anorexia, homophobia, censorship, and the violence of bigots. This lush, effusive work [has] some satiric bite.”—Entertainment Weekly

    “If a novel’s worth can be measured by the power and verity of the emotions it instills in the reader, then Argiri’s approaches the divine. It transforms and moves the spirit as modern fiction should and so seldom does, describing a love story with such true emotion that the heart aches reading it.”—Booklist

    Over time the book fell out-of-print; Argiri had been too early in writing a novel in a genre that now has captivated many thousands of readers, regardless of their gender or sexuality, readers who simply enjoy a top-quality love story between two people at a time when that love is considered forbidden.

    Happily for us, our friends at preeminent queer publisher Lethe Press are proudly reprinting this book and finally providing devotees of ebooks the chance to read this touching story. Here in Pride Month 2016, the book’s message is a timely affirmation: Love is stronger than violence. Joy is within reach, even if we have to work for it. We are strong enough!

    Best indie book of the month


    Kirkus Reviews just gave Jonathan Harper’s debut collection a starred review and chose it as one of the indie books of the month. Check it out here.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review):

    “In his first collection, Harper gives us a gallery of 20-somethings, many with older lovers or husbands, trying to reconcile inchoate ambitions with prosaic realities: a ne’er-do-well crashes at his brother’s house and descends into a feud with his scheming fiancee; a callow student undergoes an extreme body-piercing ritual as a seemingly supportive entree into a domestic household; a pastry chef reluctantly goes house hunting with his older lover but is drawn to the disheveled artist next door; an uncouth renter disrupts a couple’s staid lives; a grad student ponders the hidden exploitation lurking in his estranged father’s conservative church; a group of friends spends a weekend reliving their high school fantasy-gaming rituals as their leader slips into a breakdown; an older man’s offer of help to a young strip-club dancer turns rather dark; a young novelist becomes obsessed with the corpse of a woman that washes ashore in the fishing village where he is summering. Harper’s protagonists are sensitive, talented (but not too talented) youths with dreams of creative lives that they find difficult to square with their circumstances and relationships. Far from the glitter of New York and San Francisco, they are dependent on stable, boring partners, whom they often resent, and are immured in the sterile strip malls and bland apartment complexes of a downscale suburbia that has few beguiling, treacherous oases of bohemian grunge. Harper draws this landscape with a superb eye for detail and feel for atmosphere, writing with a limpid, pitch-perfect prose, suffused with a mordant humor and flashes of wistful lyricism. He perfectly captures the fecklessness of a certain age and mindset while investing it with real psychological depth and emotional resonance—and even with an air of mystery and possibility that belies the seeming banality of his characters’ lives. A fine debut collection from a gifted chronicler of contemporary queer discontents.”

    Lethe Press has 2 Lammy Winners!

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    Congratulations to everyone at Lethe Press and especially to Chaz Benchley (Bitter Waters) and Jeff Mann (Salvation) who both picked up a Lambda Awards this week at the big awards celebration in New York City:

    Bitter Waters cover - click to view full size   Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War cover - click to view full size

    Get bundling!

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    Today’s 1-day sale is huge: 8 books, all 90% off, and three easy to grab bundles:

    Gay Stories Bundle ($1.99), Wilde Stories Bundle, (3 books, $2.99), Heiresses of Russ (3 books, $2.99)

    Heiresses of Russ Bundle Wilde Stories Bundle Best Gay Stories 2013
    Wilde Stories 2011: Best Gay Speculative Fiction Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction Wilde Stories 2012: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction< Best Gay Stories 2012 Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

    Lammy Finalists on Sale

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    Quick: pick them up here: eight Lambda Award finalists from Lethe Press are on sale for just $4.99 each.

    The Padishah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novella

    The Padishah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novella 
    Alex Jeffers

    In a Turkish prison on the Black Sea coast, a lifer known as Yamyam “the Canniba” whiles away tedious days and nights retelling old folk tales to the other inmates. … More

    Like Light for Flies

    Like Light for Flies 
    Lee Thomas

    A young boy is horrified to discover what his brother is really doing in their father’s work shed. An old man whispers a word that sets his victim on the road to madness. A Victorian… More

    Dust Devil on a Quiet Street

    Dust Devil on a Quiet Street 
    Richard Bowes

    Dust Devil on a Quiet Street chronicles the remarkable life of Boston-born, New York City-reared author Richard Bowes. Bowes’s childhood and adolescent brushes with … More

    The Rest of Us: Stories

    The Rest of Us: Stories 
    Guy Mark Foster

    A remarkable collection of short stories that embrace the breadth and depth of being a gay African-American, The Rest of Us approaches life from the angst of youth and first love … More

    My Dear Watson

    My Dear Watson 
    L.A. Fields

    One of the most famous partnerships in literature yields, over time, to a peculiar romantic triangle. Sherlock Holmes. Dr. John Watson. And the good doctor’s second wife,… More

    Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy
    Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy 
    Alex Jeffers

    Sleep deprivation does funny things to your head. Steeped in the romance of Renaissance Italian literature, Ben Lansing isn’t coping well with the routines of his first… More

    Death by Silver

    Death by Silver 
    Melissa Scott et al.

    In Death by Silver veteran authors Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold introduce a Victorian London where magic works, influencing every aspect of civilized life, and two very appealing… More

    How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery
    How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery 
    Joyce Thompson

    Archer Barron is rebuilding his life after hiding from it for years. Once he had grand expectations—graduating law school, donning drag to express his feminine aspects, and… More

    Prime and Lethe

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    Two of our busier presses are busy. Tautology 101, that’s me. Lethe just dropped a new issue of Icarus and a dozen new titles on us. Eye catchy (ouch!) books include Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction (fantastic title!) and  the 2013 edition of Heiresses of Russ edited by Tenea D. Johnson. That’s just on the fiction side. There is a lot of interesting nonfiction there, too. Here’s one more of each camp, fiction/nonfiction:

    The Princess and the Outlaw: Tales from the Torrid Past

    The Princess and the Outlaw: Tales from the Torrid Past Jean Roberta
    The women awaiting you in these pages might be fierce Amazons in ancient Greece, maidens and princesses of the medieval era, ingenues like Alice awaiting new and more sensual adventures beyond the rabbit hole, or outlaws… More

    Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe Steve Berman et al.
    The canon of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the foremost writers of dark and atmospheric fiction and poetry, offers readers haunted shores teeming with various erudite men brooding in the waning light over their feelings for… More

    Ok, so, Prime? Well besides two more Masque books due next week—one starting a new serial—and half a dozen books up already, preorders for their new magazine The Dark are going very well and Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2013 has a good chance of being in the bestseller list for this month. It’s that or:

    Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages Steve Berman et al.
    It’s a wonder humanity ever survived into the twenty-first century. Even Neanderthals knew to bury the dead beneath stones to prevent corpses from rising. Ancient civilizations feared slain warriors would return…

    Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2013


    ALA lists

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    We’re very happy to report that two Lethe Press titles made the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow list: Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Alex Jeffers’s collection You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home: Wonder Stories. To celebrate, both titles are 50% off!

    And, lovely news at Big Mouth House, too: Delia Sherman’s The Freedom Maze is on the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults. So, sure, we put it on sale, too! But for a short time, you have been warned! This is what the ALA said about it: “Forced to spend her summer at her grandmother’s Southern house in the 1960′s, Sophie unwittingly finds herself transported to the Civil War era as a slave of her ancestors.” The paperback rights just sold to the excellent people at Candlewick Press and we’re really excited to see this book do so well.

    Did you notice the new PM titles? I like the look of Signal 02. Another of their books is coming on Tuesday: In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism.

    Also: coming tomorrow, a bucketload of new magazines! Lightspeed! LocusI don’t know what else! Many! The new issue of BCSAlso, Trafalgar by Angélica Gorodischer (trans. by Amalia Gladhart). Is it good? Check out this review on Tor.com where the reviewer has their mind blown. Also, you may want to put the coffee pot on.

    And since this is the last day of the month, tomorrow we should post the monthly bestsellers, too—although you can check those out anytime the menu on the left hand side. Irregulars, anyone?


    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.

    Welcome NYRSF!

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    New York Review of Science Fiction #285 cover - click to view full sizeWe’re very happy to add The New York Review of Science Fiction—commonly known as NYRSF (“Newrsif”)—to Weightless. We’ve launched with a subscription (of course) and about a dozen back issues or so. I’m particularly pleased to be able to point readers to Chris N. Brown‘s essay “Science Fiction in the Edgelands” which is linked off  the April issue page. Chris passed through Massachusetts recently and it was excellent to catch up with what he’s been up to since co-editing Three Messages and a Warning.

    Isn’t it lovely to see that the world is moving to DRM-free ebooks? It only makes sense that the book should be easy for the reader to read and move around between their reading devices.

    Don’t forget that Fireside Magazine is running their second Kickstarter for issue 2 and beyond.

    To celebrate Lee Thomas’s The German (congratulations Lee!) winning the Lambda Award, for a limited time Lethe Press has slashed the price of by 50%!

    This week also brought new issues of:

    • Lightspeed (which seems to get bigger every month! Fiction by Kelsey Ann Barrett, John Langan, Maggie Clark, and Simon McCaffery; reprints by Eileen Gunn, George R. R. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Pratt; the second, final part of Jeffrey Ford’s The Cosmology of the Wider World; and excerpts from David Brin’s Existence and N. K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon.)
    • Clarkesworld (stories by Aliette de Bodard, An Owomoyela, E. Catherine Tobler and an Another Word column by Daniel Abraham).
    • Apex (fiction by Brit Mandelo, Ian Nichols, and Geoff Ryman)
    • Locus June 2012 (#617) cover - click to view full sizeLocus (Featuring interviews with the excellent Genevieve Valentine and William F. Nolan as well as tons of news and reviews)

    Last week we added quite a few Small Beer Press pre-orders—order them here and they will be delivered to you before any other electronic reading site!—including our amazing two-volume Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. Ms. Le Guin selected the stories and working with her has been fantastic. These books have been three or four years in the making and I can’t wait to see them in hardcover but they’re going to be excellent ebooks to have with you forever, too.

    This post brought to you with a time-machined 1980s soundtrack by Fitz and the Tantrums.

    Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology TK. In the meantime, these:

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    Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their MusesWow! Our International Anti-DRM Day 1/2 day sale was super popular. Just shows that there is a huge market for DRM-free books, especially if the price is low low low. We sold hundreds of books and I hope took the DRM-free word out to a whole new audience. Thanks as ever for spreading the word about Weightless.

    Today we sent out the latest issue of N. Carolina-based Bull Spec as well as posting a triplet of fascinating Lethe Press books, including Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their MusesWe also added a couple more Wildside megapacks—they are just flying out of here. They’re almost free, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise.

    Other books that are doing well: another of Lethe’s recent titles, Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant by Melissa Scott & Lisa Barnett and Andrea Hairston’s Tiptree Award winner, Redwood and Wildfire

    We’re always happy to hear from you—reviews are welcome in the comments—about new publishers you’d like us to add or new features.

    And, did you see these excellent Kickstarter projects?

    1. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer and PM Press are working with Jef Smith of Think Galactic to  put together a Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology.
    2. The Baffler magazine is relaunching—with fiction from Kim Stanley Robinson, Chris N. Brown, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya (translated by Anna Summers) and tons of smart nonfiction. I loved—and was successfully baffled by—The Baffler in its previous incarnations so I am bouncing with happiness that it is returning.
    3. John Joseph Adams, editor of Lightspeed and all those huge anthologies, is going to edit a horror magazine! Back Nightmare Magazine and get ahead of the curve.

    We are bees

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    Fireside Magazine – Issue 1 cover - click to view full size

    We’ve been busy bees here at Weightless—which immediately distracted me into wondering whether anyone had ever taken any bees into space: yes! (That’s not a very exciting video, maybe there’s better one somewhere. I’ll add that to the to do list.)

    Last week we added 100+ from our friends at PM Press including books by Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin (we have big Small Beer Press news about Le Guin TK soon), Kim Stanley Robinson, as well as books of Banksy’s art, a collection of Rad Dad, and much more. Now we even have some cookbooks!

    And then today we added 100+ titles from Wildside Press as well as new books from Prime (lots of John Shirley and Robots and Witches) and Lethe Press (Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant by Melissa Scott & Lisa A Barnett looks interesting).

    Maybe the biggest news for many of our readers is the release of the first issue of Fireside Magazine. Fireside was a Kickstarter project and as a launch-day promotion, Wired.com’s Underwire blog is running Tobias’ story, Press Enter to Execute, for free today. It’s been fascinating to see a new magazine launched with such great support and I’m going to enjoy following the story of Fireside as well as reading the mag itself.

    Check out Toby’s story, come back and subscribe: it’s a steal at only $8 for 4 issues.

    Bzz. Bzz.

    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.


    Icarus down a wing?

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    Icarus, Issue 10 cover - click to view full sizeOr: get 50% off Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction using this code:


    Updated: this code is now fixed! (Sorry, I broke it.) Reader who went ahead and paid the full price have been refunded and we have

    What else is on sale? Check here. You can also re-order the whole site by lowest price.

    We also added a few more Lethe Press titles, including Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction (with stories by Georgina Bruce, Jewelle Gomez, Michelle Labbé, Steve Berman, Rachel Swirsky, Ellen Kushner, Zen Cho, Csilla Kleinheincz, Catherine Lundoff, Nora Olsen, N. K. Jemisin, & more):

    . . . tales—from new voices as well as award-winning authors—that celebrate the spirit of Russ’s fiction: stories of sorceresses and spectral women, lost daughters and sisters of myth. The transformative power of the written word becomes magic and tests the boundaries of gender, identity, and a woman’s dreams.

    Tachyon got off to a great start last week with Eileen Gunn’s Stable Strategies and Others being the most popular.

    And we added a new Small Beer title: Three Messages and a Warning—34 newly translated Mexican SF&F stories. Irresistible! And it includes two stories translated by none other than Weightless’s own Michael J. DeLuca! We’ll have a couple of the stories on the Small Beer podcast (and two more will be on Podcastle) and yYou can get a taste of the book here:

    Claudia Guillén, The Drop
    Mauricio Montiel Figueiras, Photophobia

    This week it will also be all about new issues of magazines. We’ll post them as soon as we get them. Here are the mags already released: