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Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #78

And you know, even though we sell ebooks and the weather doesn’t matter—we’re still here behind the site rain or shine, whereas at a book festival if it rains, off we go!—all it has done this month in the Happy Valley is rain. Argh! Has meant that although all those outside things I’ve been meaning to do (hello garden, hello Big E!) I’ve read a few more books than usual. And we’ve added a few more things: The most popular might be the Beneath Ceaseless Skies Subscription. BCS, edited by Scott H. Andrews, comes out twice a month (at a buck a pop) or $13.99 for the year. Cheap as chips!

I also wanted to highlight Icarusthe latest issue of which got posted this week. There’s an interview with a certain Ginn Hale!

Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction presents stories and features for Fall 2011. A fairy boy confronts a human crush in Alex Jeffers’s “Liam and the Ordinary Boy.” James Bennett tells a tale of death and art and Michaelangelo’s favorite apprentice. Award-winning author Richard Bowes offers another jewel of a tale that begins when a writer meets a devoted fan at an event. Sandra McDonald tells of a mindful puss. Ken Summers, author of a collection of true queer ghost stories investigates a new haunting. Plus, this issue has reviews, gossips, an interview with Ginn Hale and the debut of a new column by Tom Cardamone, who reveals his “Lust” for the talented Geoff Ryman.

Irregulars: preorderSpeaking of Ginn, we just added a new forthcoming title from Blind Eye Books: Irregulars, which is four novellas from their superstar line-up, Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, and Astrid Amara.

Next week we have a new Cheeky Frawg book, Amal El-Mohtar’s extremely popular The Honey Month, as well as new issues of all your favorite (er, monthly) magazines. Man, those things are popular!

We’ve also been wondering if we should start book subscriptions for certain publishers. We’d probably begin with Small Beer Press and expand it if there’s more interest. Tell us if it sounds interesting. Small Beer-wise we added one new ebook: Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer. I love this book and am so happy to have the electronic edition available. Fingers crossed we will have a new chapbook of three of her stories available by the time the World Fantasy Convention rolls around as they’re going to present Angélica with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Since Kalpa Imperial is the only book of hers available in English we are just jumping up and down in our excitement. No, really!

Anyway, that’s Small Beer. Next week: bestseller lists, new books, and, please, whoever is listening, sunshine!

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