Who’s Destroying Science Fiction?

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    Lightspeed! Right now Lightspeed is running their latest science fiction destroying Kickstarter, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!

    In 2014, Lightspeed funded their first special issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction!, which ended up raising more than 1000% of their original goal, and unlocked additional special issues Women Destroy Horror! and Women Destroy Fantasy!

    In 2015, they had another successful campaign to fund Queers Destroy Science Fiction! It raised more than 1000% of their goal, and unlocked additional special issues Queers Destroy Horror! and Queers Destroy Fantasy!

    So in 2016, with luck (and your help!), they will unlock additional special issues People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror! and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! Keep on keep on knocking it down and building it up, woohoo: go for it!

    Fantasy Magazine Issue 59 (December 2015, Queers Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue)   Nightmare Magazine, Issue 37 (October 2015, Queers Destroy Horror! Special Issue)  Lightspeed Magazine Issue 61 (June 2015, Queers Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue)  Nightmare Magazine Issue 25: Women Destroy Horror! Special Issue  Fantasy Magazine Issue 58: Women Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue  Lightspeed Magazine Issue 49 – Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue

    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!

    Lightspeed Author Interview: Sarah Pinsker

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    lightspeed-magazine-issue-49-women-destroy-science-fiction-special-issue-cover-200x300Andrea Pawley interviews writer / singer / songwriter Sarah Pinsker. Yesterday it was announced that Pinsker’s story “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” was the winner of this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

    Q: This year you were nominated for a Nebula Award and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, plus fourteen of your stories have been accepted for publication,  including one in the Women Destroy Science Fiction issue of Lightspeed. That’s impressive! How do you decide where to submit your stories?

    Pinsker: I read a lot of short fiction. I think I have a good feel for which magazines are publishing what kind of stories. I’ll try the most likely market first, and then the editors ultimately decide whether my intuition lines up with theirs. If I believe in a story, I feel an obligation to try the most suitable magazines first. I’m also a big advocate for starting at the top, however you define the top. Aim high.

    Q: Why do you write science fiction? 

    Pinsker: I’ve been reading SF & F my whole life, starting with Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series, Le Guin’s Earthsea, Heinlein’s young reader books. I don’t remember how old I was when I discovered my father’s collection of science fiction magazines, but I would have been in the single digits. We got a computer when I was seven or so – one of the first PCs – and I started writing fiction immediately, mostly SF and horse stories. I think part of what I was doing was retelling novels I had read as short stories, but that was probably good practice for something. I love a good story regardless of genre, but if the question is why do I write SF, the adult me answers that it gives an opportunity to look at ourselves through a prism of otherness.

    Q: What changes have you seen to SF&F since you started reading it?

    Pinsker: I love the multitude of voices that we are finally getting to hear. Writers of all different backgrounds, telling stories of characters of all different colors and genders and nationalities and sexual orientations and ages and abilities/disabilities and economic backgrounds. SF is richer for this inclusion.

    There’s also the rise of audio fiction – story podcasts, in particular – which open up a whole new range of ways to experience fiction. And eReaders, which I think can increase access to short fiction. But I’m selfishly glad that the act of reading hasn’t changed all that much. I can still pick up a book and be transported.

    Sarah PinskerQ: You’re very active in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. What’s the most unexpected thing that’s happened to you as a result?

    Pinsker: The whole thing, really. I’ve lived in Baltimore for eighteen years, but never discovered that community until two years ago. I’ve made some good friends there, gotten some great story critiques. BSFS also gave me a chance to moderate panels before I’d done that sort of thing. As it turns out, I think I’m pretty decent at it. That gave me the confidence to apply for panels at cons, and to seek out those opportunities.

    Oh, and I definitely never would have expected to be hosting a reading series/quiz show, but I’m co-hosting a series there, the quarterly Dangerous Voices Variety Hour.

    Q: Some of your music contains references to fantastical feelings or events. Do your songs ever think they want to be short stories or vice versa? 

    Pinsker: They’re usually pretty clear about which they want to be. Some of my songs definitely are stories. They have to accomplish a lot in a small number of words. The nice thing about a song is that you’re allowed to be a little more cryptic. I can paint a feeling and give the illusion of plot.

    There’s a song that’s going to be on my new album, about a circus sideshow’s “living doll,” in love with the star of the show. It starts “I am just the size of a half-finished thought/and most of my thoughts are on you.” It’s full of hope and longing and the search for commonality, but I think I’d have to explain too much if it were a story.

    Q: Is it true you once performed your music at a nudist colony? 

    Pinsker: Absolutely! It was a great gig. The Avalon Music Festival. The audience is clothing-optional, and the performers can choose. I kept my clothes on. They have a gorgeous resort, and the people were all lovely. No phones or tablets or cameras allowed, so the audience pays better attention than at other festivals, which works well for lyric-driven music like mine.

    Q: What are you working on now?

    Pinsker: My new album is very close to done. This one has taken me a long time, but I think it’s going to be worth it. I’m writing a lot of stories, and I’ve got a couple of novel projects I try to give love to when I get a chance.

    Sarah Pinsker is a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels: two solo, one with her band, the Stalking Horses. A fourth is forthcoming. Since returning to fiction, she has made over twenty story sales to magazines, podcasts and anthologies. Her 2013 novelette, “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,”  was nominated for a Nebula award and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. A DRM-free subscription to Lightspeed (including theThe Sewell Home for the Temporally Displaced” in Women Destroy Science Fiction issue) can be purchased on Weightless Books.

    Travel Light on sale

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    Celebrating the lovely NPR write-up by Amal El-Mohtar, Naomi Mitchison’s Travel Light is on sale for 50% off this week: now only $2.99!

    Also of note among all the new magazines that went out somewhat late on January 1st (as expected and no one seemed to mind!): the new ish of Lightspeed has reprints Zhao Haihong’s LCRW story “Exuviation”—which the author translated herself. Plus, they are reprinting Ursula K. Le Guin’s recent Tin House story “Elementals.” Ok, but wait, there’s more! There are interviews with Hyperbole and a Half’s Allie Brosh(!) and   Scott Lynch as well as a reprint of M. Rickert’s “The Chambered Fruit” and novel excerpts from Dru Pagliassotti, Chuck Wendig, and my Western Mass. neighbor James L. Cambias (his novel is getting great pre-pub reviews).

    Another big seller is It Came From the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction edited by Desirina Boskovich. Who could resist 15 Finnish short stories??

    In other news, Happy New Year! At some point I’m going to post the December 2013 bestseller list as well as the 2013 list and the first and last ebook sales for 2012 (here’s First and last for 2012). This week was busy with paperwork (er, not much paper yet): Massachusetts sales tax (paid! thank you Massachusetts readers!); 1099 prep (takes a while), and fourth quarter Weightless royalties—should be paid on Monday or Tuesday. Love sending out monies big and small! Thank you all readers! We had a great year and it was awesome to see how many ebook gifts were sent over the holidays.

    Happy weekend and if you’re getting the same seasonal stormy weather as me, here’s our always always applicable storm list from last year.

    It Came from the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction cover - click to view full size Travel Light cover - click to view full size  Lightspeed Magazine Issue 44 cover - click to view full size

    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 Tor.com: “The Best Day of the Year.”

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    Subscribe to Lightspeed Magazine today because tomorrow the price has to go up to $2.99/issue and subs go to $17.94 (6 months) or $35.88 (full year).


    Royalties paid!

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    Locus May 2012 (#616) cover - click to view full sizeOne of the best parts of this ebook thing is how fast we get to pay publishers and authors. This morning we sent out payments for sales from April to June 2012: thank you readers! I was going to do it on Friday, but I’ve learned it’s always better if Michael checks the math. (Maths, if you are reading this in the Commonwealth. Also: hello!)

    Since I was looking at numbers, here are a few bestseller lists for the quarter. Popular Kickstarter mag, Fireside jumped into the lead in subscriptions, even getting ahead of the perennially popular Lightspeed. And I’ve brought back the Ginn Hale bestseller list because she is a powerhouse!

    Next weekend Michael and I will be at Readercon this weekend and then I am going to Seattle for Clarion West (more info here) so updates may be more infrequent. (Is that possible??)

    Also: don’t forget the Reader Poll 2: With Different Prizes. Don’t miss the bonus question: and feel free to contact us or other publishers if you’d like their books added to the site.

    Happy days!

    Subscriptions Bestsellers

    1. Fireside Magazine
    2. The Rifter 
    3. Lightspeed Magazine
    4. Clarkesworld Magazine
    5. Apex Magazine
      Beneath Ceaseless Skies

    Single Title Bestsellers

    1. Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant, Melissa Scott et al.
    2. After the Fall . . . , Nancy Kress
      Redwood and Wildfire, Andrea Hairston
      Fairy Tale Review Special Kate Bernheimer
    3. The Archer’s Heart, Astrid Amara
      Fountain of Age, Nancy Kress
    4. A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012 Almanac Edition
    5. After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh
      At the Mouth of the River of Bees PreorderKij Johnson
      Locus May (must be because of the Twin Spica #12 review, no?)

    Ginn Hale Bestsellers 

    1. The Rifter (Installments 1-10)
    2. Irregulars
    3. Lord of the White Hell (Book 1 + 2)
    4. Wicked Gentlemen
    5. Feral Machines


    Welcoming Electric Velocipede

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    Electric Velocipede 21/22 cover - click to view full sizeWe’ve been looking forward to adding John Klima (et al’s!) zine Electric Velocipede and are so happy to announce: here it is! The first ebook we’re adding is the current issue, #21/22, a huge double issue that includes many Weightless faves such as Genevieve ValentinePeter M. Ball, and many more.

    One of the things I really like about this site is that when I read a great short story by someone, say Genevieve Valentine or Jay Lake, with one click I can usually find a few more stories by them. As we add more magazines, this feature is only going to get richer.

    Japanese Dreams: Fantasies, Fictions and Fairytales, edited by Sean Wallace, another new addition, is a good example as it has fiction from these writers, all of whom you can check out more stories by: Catherynne M. ValenteEkaterina Sedia,Erzebet YellowboyEugie FosterJay LakeLisa MantchevRichard ParksSean Wallace,Steve Berman, and Yoon Ha Lee.

    Of course the big news this week has been the giveaways: Jeff VanderMeer’s Secret Lives limited edition giveaway) has been flying off the shelf and the Lightspeed & Fantasy Subscription Drive has proved exceedingly popular. Please do spread the word as the more subscriptions there are, the more prizes there are all round!

    As always, thanks for reading. It’s Independence Day in the USA next week and we’ll be celebrating Independents Week as well. We all shape our towns (and the internet!) by choosing which stores to shop at: thank you for choosing this indie (e)bookshop.

    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!

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    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(!).