Updates, we gots updates

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    Kabu, KabuHey, that was a fun week. We ran a quick test on the upcoming Weekly Weightless One-Day sale and it was very successful. Suffice to say I think I know which book will be #1 this month. We’re skipping next week (it being Thanksgiving!) and WW1day1book sale will be back on December 5th with a bang!

    Two collections came out this week and immediately found happy readers: Kabu, Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor (the reviews on this are terrific) and Beyond the Rift from Canadian (“banned in the USA) science fiction writer Peter S. Watts. Kage Baker fans should not miss her final collection, In the Company of Thieves.

    There are four new books from FableCroft—getting in all these Australian publishers’ work is awesome!—and a couple more from our friends at Aqueduct, including Lori Selke’s The XY Conspiracy which kicks off from this intriguing UFO-hunter’s question: Why Are There No Women in Black?

    Over at Small Beer we launched another book into the litmosphere, Alan DeNiro’s new collection Tyrannia and Other RenditionsYou can listen to an interview with Alan and hear him read from the book on this KFAI interview.

    And in more price chopping news: Livia Day’s foodie mystery (the one with the fun videoA Trifle Dead has dropped to $6.99.

    The Freedom Maze A Trifle Dead Tyrannia and Other Renditions  In the Company of Thieves Beyond the Rift  The XY Conspiracy


    Conservation of Shadows Officially Best of 2013

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    Congratulations of Yoon Ha Lee whose new collection, Conservation of Shadows, is officially one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013! It is always great to see short story collections getting a nod in these lists.

    The whole Best Books list is interesting to see—especially 2 months from the end of the year, but PW’s job is to read ahead—and it will be fun and inspiring (of arguments and joy) to see what else makes the end of year lists. I’d put Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Nicola Griffith’s Hild in my top 3 (not sure what the 3rd book is!).

    Anyway: go get Conservation of Shadows!

    Conservation of Shadows cover

    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


    Two more interesting magaziney things

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    Twitter tells me

    And . . .

    Sean Wallace is launching a new magazine! October will see the first issue of The Dark — “a bi-monthly magazine co-edited by Jack Fisher and Sean Wallace, with each issue featuring all-original short fiction, including strange and unusual stories by award-winning authors as Lisa L Hannett, Nnedi Okorafor, Angela Slatter, Rachel Swirsky, and many more.”

    Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #130 The Dark, No. 1 Preorder


    Introducing Masque Books

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    This week we added three new books from Prime Books new imprint Masque Books which will be publishing three sf/fantasy and/or sf/f romance per month. The launch titles include two names that might be familiar to Weightless readers: Erzebet YellowBoy (Land of Dreams) and E. Catherine Tobler (Rings of Anubis: Gold and Glass) as well as newcomer Sally McBride (Water, Circle, and Moon). Serial fiction fans, keep an eye on the middle title . . .

    Also new this week, three big anthologies from Prime. I expect After the End: Recent Apocalypses to fly out of here. Yes, it’s a book of apocalypse stories, but Paula Guran had the great idea of only collecting stories from the last five years and she has put together a very well received book. The other two books are Superheroes edited by Rich Horton and Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations, which, like After the End, was edited by Paula Guran.

    Best news for readers of international fiction: we’ve just added three new Flipside titles! The first is A Bottle of Stormclouds by Eliza Victoria, a refreshingly contemporary take on weird happenings and everyday life. Also added: the latest in the Philippine Speculative Fiction series, Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 8, as well as a great way to catch up on thirty stories that have been selected for previous volumes: The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010.

    And I should not let another week go by without noting for fans of Tansy Rayner Roberts’s Splashdance Silver that we recently added the followup: Liquid Gold (“Liquid Gold – the most seductively dangerous substance in the history of the cosmos – has just been discovered in the Mocklore Empire . . .”).

    Land of Dreams Rings of Anubis: Gold and Glass Water, Circle, and Moon A Bottle of Stormclouds Liquid Gold

    Get Primed!


    The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012We just caught up with Prime Books recent ebook releases. There’s a lot of good reading here, although I know I won’t be reading Extreme Zombies any time soon, even if tomorrow is Halloween.

    Next year Prime—perhaps looking to take on the mantle of the most prolific anthology publisher—has new anthologies featuring aliens, superheroes, weird detectives, among others. Wonder if we could convince them to put together an anthology subscription? Might be fun to get these sent to you as they come in. Hmm!

    New Prime titles, Lightspeed/Fantasy update

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    Death and ResurrectionToday we had a huge release: Prime Books and Apex Publications are working with us to get all of their titles onto this here tiny mighty site. Prime also dropped the prices on all their titles (apart from Rudy Rucker’s Ware Tetralogy) to just $4.95.

    New titles here today from Prime: collections by Sarah Monette and Richard Parksmany anthologies edited by Paula Guran, Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia (Publishers Weekly starred review: “Superbly blends novel of manners, alternate history, and le Carré–style espionage with a dash of superheroes and steampunk.”), and, very excitingly, R. A. MacAvoy’s first book in many years, Death and Resurrection.

    Apex Publications tend to run a lot darker, although Lavie Tidhar’s HebrewPunk is proving popular already and Paul Jessup’s Dead Stay Dead looks worth an, er, look(!).

    Out there on the internets there is a huge fundraiser for one of our heros: Terri Windling. Please check it out and maybe someone on your holiday list will be lucky, lucky, lucky! (There is so much good stuff! So tempted!)

    Also of note: Cheeky Frawg now have a, yes, cheeky new website.

    I think all the monthly magazines have gone out. They don’t all go out on the same day: some of them are the first day of the month, some are the first Monday or Tuesday, thank god Michael can keep it straight. Also, with Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine merging into a one, new, bigger Lightspeed, perhaps you might consider subscribing before Jan. 1, 2012, when the price will go up!

    Next week we will be bringing on Mike Allen’s Clockwork Phoenix anthologies as well as his long-running magazine, Mythic Delirium. We’re also talking to more magazines about getting them on board.

    And, fingers crossed, we may yet have gift certificates available by the time the holidays roll around. If not then, we should have them by Robert Burns Day—well known in poetry circles as the day to not only share a haggis, whisky, and poetry with friends and family, but also the day to go out an buy an ereader in the post-post-holiday electronic stores sale-of-desperation and fill it with ebooks from indie ebooksites. Mmmm . . .  veggie haggis.


    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!

    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!)

    Fantasy Magazine #53

    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(!).

    Bewere & BookExpo, baby

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    Bewere the NightHey, I’ll be at BookExpo in NYC this week. If you too will be lost and alone and need someone to take the excess chocolate off your hands, come say hi! I have a few new Small Beer Press titles on display (and a few to give away) in a tiny space in the Consortium aisle—booth #4508. I’m also going to be MC-ing an event tomorrow night at the 42nd St NY Public Library. It will be huge!

    Which is why we put a couple of titles (Weird Tales #350 and Ekaterina Sedia’s latest fabby looking anthology, Bewere the Night) up today instead of waiting for tomorrow. Since, you know, I will be out tripping the light fantastic. You know how the city takes you when you haven’t been there for a while.

    Given all that excitement, we’re going to take a rest next month. Not true. Instead we will run a subscription drive with p-p-p-prizes! (Kobo! Nook! If you want to donate ebook readers, now is your chance!)

    2 new indie presses, many new titles

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    Things are hopping here. Orders are piling up for Ginn Hale’s epic serial The Rifter. The good news is that she’s finished writing the whole thing. The bad news is the editing and polishing and so on will go down to the last minute before publication. How do I know this? Because that’s the way the world works!

    This week we’ve got sexy books, smart books, fantasy, and all of the above. We have more titles from a fave press, Lethe, a new anthology, Jabberwocky, from our pals at Prime, and we’re bowled over with joy (we’re an excitable bunch) to introduce two indie publishers to Weightless readers: Papaveria and Senses Five, both of whom have a strong visual sense, albeit very different from one another, but lovely in their own ways.

    You might be familiar with Ezrabet Yellowboy’s Papaveria Press from her beautiful handmade books as she “deal[s] primarily in very small or miniature handbound editions and trade paperbacks, seeking out poetry and prose from the fields of fantasy, fairy tales and myth.” But we’re very happy  their two latest titles, Jack o’ the Hills by C.S.E. Cooney and The Winter Triptych by Nicole Kornher-Stace available here in epub and mobi formats.

    And I hope anyone interested in indie publishers in the speculative side of fiction will know of Sense Five Press. Run by Matt Kressel and a knowledgeable bunch of other writers and editors, they’ve been publishing the zine-turned-anthology Sybil’s Garage for a while and we have the two most recent issues. And, their one book, an anthology Paper Cities, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, won the World Fantasy Award. Not bad! Check it out and enjoy.

    Lethe’s new books include Will Ludwigsen’s hilariously titled collection, Cthulhu Fhtagn, Baby! and Other Cosmic Insolence, Dan Boyle’s novel Wonder, Toby Johnson’s Secret Matter, and (another great title) Nick Mamatas and Jay Lake’s anthology, Spicy Slipstream Stories, featuring such wild talents as, Chris Nakashima-Brown, Joe Murphy, Lori Selke, and Carrie Vaughn.

    If you enjoy Fantasy Magazine (or the Papaveria titles), try Sean Wallace and Erzabet Yellowboy’s Jabberwocky. With stories and poems from Genevieve Valentine, Sonya Taaffe, Becca de la Rosa, and many others I think there are quite a few readers of LCRW and such that this is a good fit for.