Shimmer 18 guest editor post

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    Shimmer Magazine – Issue 18 coverHere is a guest post written by Ann VanderMeer in celebration of the publication today of the issue 18 of Shimmer Magazine which Ann guest edited:

    Let’s raise a glass and say L’Chaim to Shimmer 18!!

    L’Chaim, which means To Life, is a toast I heard quite often growing up. Later in Hebrew school I learned a bit more behind the magic of this phrase.

    Being a numbers kind of a gal (in addition to letters, I must admit), I was intrigued by the system of numerology called Gematria. Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is assigned a numerical value and these numbers give words their power and also provide more insight into language.

    The Hebrew word Chai, which means Life, corresponds to the number 18. Issue 18 has great new stories from Annalee Newitz, Ben Peek, Rachel Marston, Ramsey Shehadeh, Ben Godby, Christine Schirr, Dustin Monk and Jeff VanderMeer (yes, that’s right – a little bit of nepotism here but I am allowed once in a while. This new story by Jeff is kind of a precursor to his new Southern Reach series).

    So, yes!  This issue of Shimmer Magazine #18 should be celebrated TO Life!

    Welcoming The Big Click

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    The Big Click Issue 6Noir fans, this is your time.

    The kids are reading it courtesy of Lemony Snicket and Holly Black. The movies keep going back to it. And now here’s a new magazine devoted to it. This week we’re happy to welcome The Big Click edited by Jeremiah Tolbert (readers may fondly remember his earlier magazine, The Fortean Bureau). The latest Issue, # 6, has three stories:

    1. “Pure Southern” by James Robert Smith, in which a traumatized ex-soldier guarding a warehouse takes on the mobsters who want to rob it;
    2. “Big Davey Joins the Majority” by Barry Graham;
    3. and  “Denny” by Kit Reed, a heartbreaking tale of two parents and their son who have three very distinctive perspectives on family life, the threat of teenage violence, and kids growing up.

    How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery cover - click to view full sizeAnd I’m happy to say you can get all the back issues here and dedicated readers can sign up for The Big Click: One Year Subscription. There are six 3-story issues a year featuring “noir, tales of the criminal lifestyle, confessional fiction, peculiar literary specimens, and great characters.”

    If you like the sound of that, check out How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery by Joyce Thompson, where “the Bay Area welcomes a new detective: he’s black, he’s spiritual, he’s stunning. And he’s in great danger.”

    That should take care of the weekend.

    Although tonight, if all goes as planned (hey, often it doesn’t), we’re off to our friend and neighbor Robert Redick’s reading/party at Amherst Books celebrating the publication of the fourth & final volume in “The Chathrand Voyage Quartet”—The Night Swarm. Earler volumes (in order) are The Red Wolf ConspiracyThe Ruling Sea, & The River of Shadows.

    DRM? Pah! Plus: Shimmer, Locus, Apex, LS, & much more

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    Shimmer Magazine – Issue 14 coverDRM-free ebooks are in the air (as it were) with MacMillan announcing that all Tor books will be DRM-free by July of this year. We’ve always thought that DRM-free ebooks are the only way to go as they’re the most reader friendly so we’re super happy to see Tor make this great choice. Yay! Well done to everyone involved! We’ll talk to Tor and see if we can get their titles up here once they’re available.

    New this month to Weightless is Shimmer magazine. We have their current issue, #14, available in (yes, DRM-free, ok, ok, I’ll stop) pdf, epub, and mobi, and will be adding pdfs of back issues in coming months. (Ping us if you have a fave issue you’d liked added and we’ll see if we can get those sooner.) I’ve always enjoyed the physical Shimmer—it’s well designed and feels great in the hand—and am looking forward to seeing how it translates into an ebook.

    We just posted the May issues of Locus (interviews with Seanan McGuire and Nick Mamatas, reviews galore), Apex (fiction by Rachel Swirsky, Nnedi Okorafor, et al), and Lightspeed (fiction from Linda Nagata, C. C. Finlay, Nicola Griffith, Catherynne M. Valente, Kage Baker et al, excerpts from new novels by Paolo Bacigalupi and Kim Stanley Robinson, as well as interviews with Vernor Vinge and Michael Chabon). New issues from Clarkesworld and Beneath Ceaseless Skies will also go up in the next couple of days.

    I was talking to a friend who publishes a quarterly magazine recently—naming no names in case it doesn’t work out—and it looks like we may  have a nice announcement about that in the works. We’re always happy to add new magazines and indie publishers. We hope to add NYRSF soon.

    Elsewhere on the site, Wildside are selling a lot of those megapacks and Aqueduct have promised us more ebooks very soon—although like many people we know they are busy, busy with WisCon prep. So sorry we won’t be there this year. Hope to get back soon. We will have a table (courtesy of David J. Schwartz) and will co-sponsor the Genderfloomp dance.

    Since we’re now well into the second quarter of the year, we dropped the price of A Working Writer’s Daily Planner from $3.99 to $2.99 and the Almanac edition from $4.99 to $3.99.

    April BestsellersFireside Magazine – Issue 1 cover - click to view full size

    1. Ginn Hale, Josh Lanyon, Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, Irregulars
    2. Kickstarter prodigy, Fireside Magazine
    3. Melissa Scott, Lisa A. Barnett, Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant
    4. Nancy Kress, Fountain of Age: Stories
    5. Lightspeed Magazine subscription

    In sadder news, we’re sorry to say Something Wicked announced they are officially stopping their monthly publication schedule. We refunded all subscribers and are happy to point readers to their website where they will continue to post individual stories, reviews, and interviews. Back issues are available here—and with luck more back issues will be added as spring goes on. It was a brave run and we wish Joe and Vianne the best of luck with future projects.

    These continue to be interesting times in ebook land with Microsoft and bn.com teaming up together, Google giving everyone the boot (boo), Tor going DRM-free and so on. Weightless exists so that indie publishers and readers could find one another. Thanks for reading, for supporting indie publishing, and for spreading the word, it’s much appreciated! We’re always happy to hear from readers and encourage reviews and comments.

    That’s it. Happy May Day!