Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2017 Subscription Drive

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    by Scott H. Andrews

    Our BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive last year was such a success, we’re having another subscription drive this year!

    Since BCS debuted in October 2008, we’ve published 225 issues, 475 stories, and 220 audio podcasts. We’ve been a finalist for five Hugo Awards, six World Fantasy Awards, four Nebula Awards, one BSFA Award, and numerous Aurora, Aurealis, Ditmar, and Parsec Awards. We’ve become the field’s go-to home for character-driven fantasy in secondary-world settings. Locus online says BCS “revived secondary-world fantasy as a respectable subgenre of short fiction… Not a trivial accomplishment.”

    And there’s more to come! BCS this year will feature new work by Richard Parks (two stories set in a new world), Margaret Ronald, Rebecca Campbell, Marissa Lingen, Stephen Case, Charles Payseur, Ryan Row, and many promising newcomers. Plus a new Science-Fantasy Month and a new Birdverse novella this summer by Nebula finalist Rose Lemberg, twice as long as any piece BCS has ever published.

    Ebook subscriptions to BCS are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues. (That’s less than 30 cents a story!) Subscribers can have issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

    From now until June 2, when you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription (you can renew at any time), you will help unlock our drive goals.

    Since BCS #1 in 2008, over a third of our fiction has been novelette-length or longer. Longer stories work great to show awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like you’ll find in every issue of BCS. Our word-count limit for submissions has always been among the longest of pro-rate online magazines, and last year as a goal unlocked by our subscription drive, we made it even longer: 11,000 words.

    With your help, this year we’d like to make it longer still!

    • At 25 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 12,000 words.
    • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 14,000 words.
    • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 16,000 words.
    • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 20,000 words!

    Every subscription makes a difference in helping us pay our authors, for their great stories of all lengths. Thank you for your support of BCS!

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    Uncanny Magazine Subscription Drive 2017!

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    by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

    Uncanny Magazine Issue 11The Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine is once again recruiting for its Space Unicorn Ranger Corps! We named the Uncanny Kickstarter backers the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps after our amazing Space Unicorn mascot. Now, you can become a member of the Corps by subscribing here at Weightless Books!

    This is the perfect time to join because Uncanny is going on sale! From May 2-16, a year’s subscription to Uncanny Magazine is $2 less than the typical current cover price (only $21.88)! It’s the least expensive way to subscribe we offer.

    Each bimonthly issue of Uncanny contains new and classic speculative fiction, poetry, essays, art, and interviews. We seek out and share pieces we can’t stop thinking and talking about, because of how they make us feel. We’re also deeply committed to finding and showcasing fantastic works by writers from every possible point of view and background.

    We debuted Issue One of Uncanny in November 2014 and we’ve been thrilled with Years One, Two, and Three so far. We’ve included original contributions from phenomenal authors such as Neil GaimanMaria Dahvana HeadleyMax GladstoneKen LiuChristopher BarzakSam J. MillerSofia Samatar, Catherynne M. Valente, Alyssa Wong, Elizabeth Bear, John Chu, Kameron Hurley, Charlie Jane Anders, Ursula Vernon, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Chris Kluwe, Hao Jingfang, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Mark Oshiro, Rachel Swirsky, E. Lily Yu, and Amal El-Mohtar, plus many newer voices.

    Uncanny won the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award in 2016, while Hao Jingfang’s story “Folding Beijing” (translated by Ken Liu) won the Best Novelette Hugo Award. This year, Uncanny is once again a Best Semiprozine Hugo finalist along with the Thomases for Best Editor- Short Form. Plus, Uncanny stories by Alyssa Wong (“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay“) and Brooke Bolander (“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies“) are finalists for both Hugo and Nebula Awards. We can’t wait for you to read what’s coming next!

    New or renewing subscribers to Uncanny Magazine from May 2-16, 2017 will be eligible for giveaways and a whole bunch of Uncanny swag!

    • uncanny-magazine-issue-10-coverFirst 50 subscribers: Your choice of a back issue, and an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full-Color Vinyl Sticker, a cover art postcard, AND a Space Unicorn temporary tattoo based on Galen Dara’s Uncanny Magazine Issue 10 cover (a finalist for a Chesley Award)! Plus, we’ll randomly draw 2 winners for Uncanny mini-swag packs: a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch and a set of cover art postcards!
    • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, every new subscriber will receive an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, Galen Dara’s Space Unicorn temporary tattoo, and an ebook of your choice of 2 back issues. Plus, we’ll draw for a spiffy prize pack of a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch, a set of 3 signed cover-art posters, and an official Uncanny Magazine t-shirt!
    • At 150 new/renewing subscribers, all new/renewing subscribers will receive: an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, ebooks of your choice of 3 back issues, a Space Unicorn temporary tattoo, and we’ll draw 4 winners for their choice of signed books by: Jeff VanderMeer, Sarah Kuhn, Elizabeth Bear/Sarah Monette, or Amber Benson, or custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, plus a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch for each winner!
    • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a mega-swag pack that includes an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, a Space Unicorn temporary tattoo, postcards, a patch, signed cover art, custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, an Uncanny Magazine t-shirt and a tote bag!
    • At 300 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a SECOND mega-swag pack that includes an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, a Space Unicorn temporary tattoo, postcards, a patch, signed cover art, custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, an Uncanny Magazine t-shirt and a tote bag! And we will add a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ 16GB (T-Mobile), Smoky Titanium to that swag bag!

    There may also be random prize drawings throughout the subscription drive. You never know with the Space Unicorns . . .

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    Apex Magazine 2016 Subscription Drive

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    Apex Publications is happy to announce our dates, goals, and rewards for the 2016 Apex Magazine subscription drive.

    Note from Michael: Subscribe to Apex Magazine through Weightless during the subscription drive and get your choice of a free Apex Publications title: I Can Transform You by Maurice Broaddus, Convent of the Pure by Sara M. Harvey or the Apex Book of World SF Volume 1!

    This year’s drive will run for three weeks – October 24th to November 15th. Full information and updates on how we are doing can be found at http://www.apex-magazine.com/apex-magazine-2016-subscription-drive/

    After a very successful subscription drive last November, 2016 has been an absolutely amazing year for Apex Magazine. Looking to 2017, we want build on this year’s success and make it even more spectacular!

    To do this we’ve set this year’s Apex Magazine subscription drive goal at $10,000.

    By hitting this goal we would be able to go from 12,000 words of original fiction to 16,000 words in each issue. We could also raise the rate that we pay for original fiction and for cover art.

    We feel this goal is well within reach, but not without the support of our readers and fans. As an added incentive, we’ve set up rewards that will unlock additional content for the January, 2017 issue of Apex Magazine, creating a double issue as a thank you to all of our supporters.

    36167-cover-200x313We already have an impressive lineup of original fiction scheduled for January. Stories by James Beamon, Lia Swope Mitchell, Iori Kusano, and J.J. Litke. The issue will feature two poems, a reprint, and interviews with an Apex author and our cover artist. Our cover artist for January will be Aaron Nakahara.

    As we reach goals in our subscription drive we will add the following to the January issue, as well as a couple of rewards that will continue in every issue all year long:

    • $500 – a third original poem will be selected by our poetry editor Bianca Spriggs
    • $1,000 – a second reprint will be added to the issue
    • $2,000 – a new story by Ursula Vernon!
    • $2,500 – a fourth original poem
    • $3,000 – an interview with Nisi Shawl
    • $4,000 – a new story by Nisi Shawl!
    • $4,500 – a third reprint
    • $5,000 – a second story podcast performed by Mahvesh Murad!
    • $5,500 – an interview with John Hornor Jacobs
    • $6,000 – a new novelette by John Hornor Jacobs!
    • $6,500 – an interview with E. Catherine Tobler about her circus universe
    • $7,000 – we will add an additional 2,000 words to each issue of Apex Magazine in 2017, bringing the total up to 14,000 words per issue.
    • $8,000 – a new story by E. Catherine Tobler set in her circus universe
    • $10,000 – we will add another additional 2,000 words to each issue of Apex Magazine in 2017, bringing the total up to 16,000 words per issue.

    the-apex-book-of-world-sf-cover-200x300Wow! That is a lot of bonus content with some seriously amazing writers! Help us publish the most epic issue to date and ensure that 2017 will another amazing year for Apex Magazine!

    How? Between October 24th and November 15th:

    • Subscribe! Yearly subscriptions through Apex and Weightless will be only $17.95 during our drive. Monthly subscriptions are available through Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK).
    • Share the love of Apex by purchasing a gift subscription for the scifi lover in your life.
    • Become a patron on Patreon. Pledge as little or as much as you want for each issue.
    • The tip jar! Chip in one-time to help push us toward our goals!
    • Buy past issues of Apex Magazine! Individual issues are available, as well as bundles to get you caught up on any issues you may have missed.
    • Join our Thunderclap (http://thndr.me/m0Fve2) and help us spread the news!


    APEX PUBLICATIONS
    (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Catherynne M. Valente, and Brian Keene.

    BCS 200th Issue Subscription Drive

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    To celebrate the 200th issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, we’re having a Subscription Drive!

    UPDATE: our first goal is unlocked! BCS has raised our word-count limit to 11,000 words.
    Subscribe now, and help us raise it to 12,000 or even 15,000!

    BCS #1 debuted in October 2008. Since then we’ve published 200 issues, 419 stories, and 201 audio podcasts. We’ve been a finalist for four Hugo Awards, five World Fantasy Awards, two Nebula Awards, one BSFA Award, numerous Aurora, Aurealis, Ditmar, and Parsec Awards, and won a World Fantasy Award. We’ve become the field’s go-to home for character-driven fantasy in secondary-world settings. Locus online said BCS “revived secondary-world fantasy as a respectable subgenre of short fiction… Not a trivial accomplishment.”

    And there’s more to come! BCS this year will feature new stories by returning BCS authors Marie Brennan, Gregory Norman Bossert (whose first BCS story “The Telling” won the World Fantasy Award), Mishell Baker, Raphael Ordoñez, KJ Kabza, Grace Seybold, Stephanie Burgis, Walter Dinjos, and Tony Pi, plus Catherynne M. Valente, Kameron Hurley, A.M. Dellamonica, Claude Lalumière, and many more.

    Ebook subscriptions to BCS are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues. (That’s less than 30 cents a story!) Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

    From now until June 3, if you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription, you can help unlock our drive goals.

    Since BCS #1 in 2008, over a third of our fiction has been novelette-length or longer. Longer stories work great to show awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like you’ll find in every issue of BCS. Our word-count limit for submissions, 10,000 words, has always been among the longest if not the longest in pro-rate online magazines.

    With your help, we’d like to make it even longer!

    • At 25 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 11,000 words.
    • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 12,000 words.
    • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 13,000 words.
    • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 15,000 words!

    Every subscription makes a difference in helping us pay our authors, for their great stories of all lengths. With your support, we look forward to another 200 issues of BCS and great literary adventure fantasy!

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    Uncanny Magazine Subscription Drive 2016!

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    uncanny-magazine-issue-10-coverUncanny Magazine is once again recruiting for its Space Unicorn Ranger Corps! We named the Uncanny Kickstarter backers the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps after our amazing Space Unicorn mascot. Now, you can become a member of the Corps by subscribing here at Weightless Books!

    This is the perfect time to join because Uncanny is going on sale! From May 3-17, a year’s subscription to Uncanny Magazine is $2 less than the typical current cover price (only $21.88)! It’s the least expensive way to subscribe we offer.

    Each bimonthly issue of Uncanny contains new and classic speculative fiction, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.  We seek out and share pieces we can’t stop thinking and talking about, because of how they make us feel. We’re also deeply committed to finding and showcasing fantastic works by writers from every possible point of view and background.

    We debuted Issue One of Uncanny in November 2014 and we’ve been thrilled with Years One and Two. We’ve included original contributions from phenomenal authors such as Neil GaimanMaria Dahvana HeadleyMax GladstoneKen LiuChristopher BarzakSam J. MillerSofia Samatar, Catherynne M. Valente, Alyssa Wong, Elizabeth Bear, John Chu, Kameron Hurley, Charlie Jane Anders, Ursula Vernon, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Chris Kluwe, Hao Jingfang, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Mark Oshiro, Rachel Swirsky, E. Lily Yu, and Amal El-Mohtar, plus many newer voices. We can’t wait for you to read what’s coming next.

    New or renewing subscribers to Uncanny Magazine from May 3-17, 2016 will be eligible for giveaways and a whole bunch of Uncanny swag!

    • First 50 subscribers: Your choice of a back issue, and an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full-Color Vinyl Sticker and a cover art postcard! Plus, we’ll randomly draw 2 winners for Uncanny mini-swag packs: a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch and a set of cover art postcards!
    • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, every new subscriber will receive an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, and an ebook of your choice of 2 back issues. Plus, we’ll draw for a spiffy prize pack of a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch, a set of 3 signed cover-art posters, and an official Uncanny Magazine tshirt!
    • At 150 new/renewing subscribers, all new/renewing subscribers will receive: an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, ebooks of your choice of 3 back issues, and we’ll draw 4 winners for their choice of signed books by: Alex Gordon, Ann Leckie, or Kameron Hurley, or custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, plus a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch for each winner!
    • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a mega-swag pack that includes an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, postcards, a patch, signed cover art, custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, an Uncanny Magazine tshirt and a tote bag!
    • At 300 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a SECOND mega-swag pack that includes an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, postcards, a patch, signed cover art, custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, an Uncanny Magazine tshirt and a tote bag! And we will add a Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6” 16GB (Wi-Fi) tablet to that swag bag!

    There may also be random prize drawings throughout the subscription drive. You never know with the Space Unicorns…

     

    Apex Magazine Subscription Drive!

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    Earth and Air Peter DickinsonSteampunk III: Steampunk RevolutionThe Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Three Scott H. Andrews (Editor) et al.Fall is turning out to be a hot season for ebook deals. The BCS Year Three promo is still on for another few days, and here it turns out Apex Magazine is throwing a subscription drive of its own. Hooray!

    Today through November 15th, get $2 off your Apex subscription and they’ll throw your name in on a raffle for all kinds of prizes. See below for the official details from Apex.

    Wow, that is a lot of prizes. I think we’ll throw in one of our own: a $20 gift certificate to one lucky subscriber!

    Also new and tempting this week (note: not actually live ’til midnight): Ann Vandermeer’s third huge steampunk collection from Tachyon, Juliet McKenna’s first Einarinn novel in ebook form for the first time from Wizard’s Tower, one from Wildside, fourteen from Lethe Press, eight from Aqueduct, and, oh yeah, the new Peter Dickinson collection from Small Beer!

    On to the Apex goodies:

    APEX PUBLICATIONS ANNOUNCES APEX MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE

    Apex Magazine 12 Month Subscription: $2 off!THE EVENT – Apex Publications is running a subscription drive for Apex Magazine from October 15th through November 15th. During that time, 12-month subscriptions will be available for $17.95, $2.00 off the normal price, through the Apex website and Weightless Books, and monthly subscriptions can be purchased on Amazon for $1.99 a month. Everyone who purchases a subscription during the drive will get a free ebook (one of the volumes of The Book of Apex), plus be entered into a raffle for the chance to win great prizes, such as: Apex books, ebooks formatting, and signed books from authors like Maurice Broaddus, Cherie Priest, Seanan McGuire, and Ellen Datlow. The first 40 people to subscribe will get a signed Apex Magazine sampler. For full details, visit the Apex blog.

    THE MAGAZINE – Released on the first Tuesday of every month, Apex Magazine is a digital e-zine of professional science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The current editor is Lynne M. Thomas, 2011 and 2012 Hugo Award winner.

    Apex Magazine prides itself in publishing a combination of genre luminaries and bright new talents, and was nominated in 2012 for the Hugo for Best Semiprozine.

    THE DEAL – Purchase a 12-month subscription of Apex Magazine for $17.95 or a monthly subscription for $1.99, and be entered into a drawing for great prizes, including signed books and short story copy edits/critiques.  Plus, get a free ebook of one of The Book of Apex volumes.

    THE PRIZES – Story critique by Apex publisher Jason Sizemore, signed books by authors such as Alethea Kontis, Alex Bledsoe, E.E. Knight, Christopher Barzak and many more, ebook formats by Apex editor DeAnna Knippling and Janet Harriett. Plus, many more to come.

    Beneath Ceaseless Skies Fall Subscription Drive

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    Ladies and gentlemen, as promised, the Beneath Ceaseless Skies fall subscription drive begins now!

    To celebrate the fourth anniversary of BCS and the release of The Best of BCS, Year Three, we’re having a sale on BCS subscriptions and anthologies. Subscribe to one year of Beneath Ceaseless Skies–26 issues including the upcoming 4th anniversary double issue for only $13.99, still the best deal on Weightless–anytime between now and Friday, October 12th, OR buy the brand new The Best of BCS, Year Three between now and October 19th, and at the end of the event we’ll send everybody their choice of The Best of BCS, Year One or The Best of BCS, Year Two, free!

    Beneath Ceaseless Skies, should you not have been aware, is a bi-weekly magazine of Literary Adventure Fantasy edited by the wise and tireless Scott H. Andrews, which Rich Horton has called “a really important source of fantasy” and Lou Anders said was “rapidly becoming my favorite short fiction magazine of all time”. The amount of fiction they’ve put out into the world, not even counting the monthly fiction podcasts, is just staggering, and there’s nobody else printing stories quite like these. So if you haven’t been taking advantage, now’s the time!

    And to sweeten the pot, if BCS reaches 100 new subscriptions, counting both new subscribers and renewals, before the allotted time runs out, one lucky randomly-selected subscriber will….

    Win a free Kindle!

    Yeah, you heard right. Free. If you’re lucky. Yes, we’ve done ereader giveaways before–but never with a Kindle. And, who knows, maybe never again. So get in while you can!

    This means you’ll be able to get all 26 issues of your new BCS subscription delivered straight to your nightstand, fireside rocking chair, hammock, or wherever else you happen to be reading, without your having to lift a finger. Amazing, I know.

    Oh, and by the way, if you happen to have subscribed to BCS already this month, don’t worry, you’re grandfathered in.

    Apex subscription drive

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    Western MA happens to be buried under 20+ inches of snow this November morning. Though Weightless floats above the mess, its lowly supporters under the drifts are operating at half-capacity. There may be a more elaborate/official announcement when the power comes back on, but for now:

    November is Apex Magazine Subscription Drive month! Subscriptions are 25% off the regular price of $19.95, and at the end of the month, each new subscriber will recieve two free eBooks, Descended from Darkness Vol 1 AND Descended from Darkness Vol 2, the anthologies that gathered the first two years of Apex Magazine.

    Ten random subscribers will also win a trade paperback of Apex’s Stoker Award-nominated anthology DARK FAITH (featuring Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brian Keene, Lavie Tidhar, Ekaterina Sedia, Tom Piccirilli, Alethea Kontis, and 23 others!).

    And! If they reach 200 new subscriptions (this will include readers who add 12 months to their current subscription and new subscribers), Apex will award one random subscriber a . . .

    . . . new and shiny Barnes & Noble Nook Color Nook Tablet!

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    And as if all that wasn’t enough… we’re welcoming two new presses this week! Circlet Press starts off with three titles of speculative erotica edited by J. Blackmore, and Twelfth Planet Press with the first two volumes of their Twelve Planets novel series (which they promise will be available as a single subscription starting with the third volume), and a pawn-shaped poem from Karen Joy Fowler (!).