Neil Clarke

The Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

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Clarkesworld Bestsellers: Week Ending November 28 2004

Books:
1. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop (Bantam Edition)
2. The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker
3. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (signed)
4. Crache by Mark Budz
5. Freaks by Brian Lumley

Magazines:
1. Cemetery Dance
2. The Third Alternative
3. Weird Tales
4. Postscripts
5. Fantasy & Science Fiction

Based on sales at Clarkesworld Books (www.clarkesworldbooks.com) for the week ending November 28, 2004.

The Etched City was previously published by Prime Books. In it’s first week of publication with Bantam, K.J. Bishop claims our top seller spot. I’m not surprised by this at all. It’s a great book and the Prime edition sold well for us. I’m looking forward to her next book. If you need something to make the wait less painful, check out some of her work in Aurealis Magazine, Album Zutique, The Alsiso Project, or The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases. Maybe someday these will all be in one book.

-Neil

Nightshade Books Announces 2005 Schedule

A couple of nights ago, I was speaking with Jason from Night Shade Books. He gave me some news about their 2005 schedule and now that he’s posted it on their site, I can share the good news…

Just look at these titles:

Blood Follows by Steven Erikson
The Healthy Dead by Steven Erikson
War Stories by Joe Haldeman
The Gist Hunter and Other Stories by Matthew Hughes
Bold as Love by Gwyneth Jones
Conference with the Dead by Terry Lamsley
The Boar by Joe R. Lansdale
Dead in the West by Joe R. Lansdale
Bronze by Kit Reed
London Revenant by Conrad Williams
Snake Agent by Liz Williams
The Complete Hammer’s Slammers vol. 1 by David Drake
Letters from New York by H.P. Lovecraft
The Ghost Pirates and Other Revenants of the Sea by William Hope Hodgson
The Night Land and Other Perilous Romances by William Hope Hodgson
The Collected Jorkens vol. III by Lord Dunsany

Quite nice, isn’t it? I am very pleased that Night Shade has Steven Erikson’s novella series. Right now, the only way to get them is as a UK import. The PS Publishing edition of The Healthy Dead broke all preorder records for our store. The limited edition hardcover will be leatherbound and in a print run of only 150. That’s one of the things I like about Night Shade. They do truely limited editions in addition to the more affordable trade runs.

I think a lot of people will appreciate the reprints. For example, just try to find a reasonably priced copy of Lansdale’s The Boar. And then you have the new works by quality authors like Liz Williams. Great balance of old and new.

Check out the Night Shade Books titles at our site. I highly recommend them!

-Neil

Pyr Announces Titles

Pyr is a new science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books. Lou Anders, formerly of Argosy Magazine, is the Editorial Director. I think it’s pretty safe to say he’ll do a good job given the proper support. (If you haven’t read Argosy, check it out!)

Although they haven’t updated their website to reflect it, they have announced their starting lineup. I received a mailing from them yesterday and I’ve added all the details to our web site. Check them out.

New Books Coming from Pyr

Clarkesworld Bestsellers: Week Ending November 21, 2004

Books:
1. Freaks by Brian Lumley
2. The Family Trade by Charles Stross
3. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (signed)
4. Lurulu by Jack Vance
5. Zombie Love by Ray Garton
5. Bibliomen by Gene Wolfe

Magazines:
1. Weird Tales
2. Cemetery Dance
3. Paradox
4. The Third Alternative
5. Inhuman

Based on sales at Clarkesworld Books (www.clarkesworldbooks.com) for the week ending November 21, 2004.

The number five slot for books this week is an tie. Two books that have been in stock for a while made a mysterious resurgence to make this happen. While unusual for books, it isn’t unusual for our magazine sales. Of this week’s list, Cemetery Dance is the only one that has a recently produced a new issue.

-Neil

Clarkesworld Books Bestseller List for the Week Ending November 14, 2004

Books:
1. The Family Trade by Charles Stross
2. Viator by Lucius Shepard
3. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (signed)
4. Lurulu by Jack Vance
5. Sineater by Elizabeth Massie

Magazines:
1. Cemetery Dance
2. Alchemy
3. Interzone
4. Zahir
5. City Slab

Based on sales at Clarkesworld Books (www.clarkesworldbooks.com) for the week ending November 14, 2004.

A publishing oddity

I’ve been selling books for four years and collecting books for more than 10.  In my collection, I have a many signed limited editions, arcs, manuscripts, and even some things I’m not sure how to classify.

Today I’ve seen something I haven’t seen before… a limited edition published in a quantity lower than the lettered edition of the same book.  I present to you the leatherbound limited edition of DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson published in 25 signed numbered and 26 signed lettered copies.  Very weird.  Best part is that this is the third book in the series.  There were 100 of the first book and 50 of the second.

Obviously this didn’t sell very well… but it will definitely suck to be a collector of this limited edition series.

I can’t speak to the series, but TOR didn’t help things by placing a $200 price tag on these and I’m sure the decreasing print run will discourage many potential collectors from adding any of these to their libraries. After all, most of us collectors want the whole run of any series or none at all.

So what was TOR thinking?

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