Neil Clarke

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

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Website and Email Back Online

Our website and email accounts are now working again. I spoke to the people hosting our site and it turns out that they had someone hack a script and gain access to a significant portion of their system. They spent the last few days, rebuilding the operating system and restoring data. I’ve since verified all the scripts and data on our site. We’re fine and cleared for use.

For the record, credit card data is not saved on that site. That’s collected by a secure shopping cart company, encrypted, and moved here to a machine that isn’t accessible via the internet.

Now back to catching up on emails…

-Neil

Crash and Boom at Clarkesworld

Just in case anyone was wondering, our web site and email have been down for the last two days. Don’t have all the details on what happened, but it looks like they are making progress on restoring the system. At least we have a home page again instead of that weird flash file they stuck in it’s place. Just waiting on the rest of the site and my email address.

Unfortunately, no orders will ship until this is fixed.

-Neil

Clarkesworld Bestsellers : Week Ending October 23rd, 2005

Books
1The Shadow at The Bottom of The World by Thomas Ligotti (Trade Paperback)
2Memories of Ice (Malazan, Book 3) by Steven Erikson (Hardcover)
3Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, Book 11) by Robert Jordan (Hardcover)
4To Charles Fort, with Love by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
5The Life of Riley by Alexander C. Irvine (Hardcover)

Magazines
1Subterranean Magazine
2Weird Tales
3Asimov’s
4Zahir
5Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

None of last week’s bestselling books managed to hold their place in the wake of this week’s new releases. Thomas Ligotti’s new collection easily took the top spot over Steven Erikson’s Malazan book despite it’s strong showing. Historically, both authors have sold well for us, so their place at the top was not a surprise.

Each of the top 5 magazines has had a new issue recently. In the case of ASIM, it’s just recently arrived. Takes a while to get issues from Australia. It was down to the wire as to which would take the top spot. In the end, Subterranean beat out Weird Tales by one copy. The distance between 2nd and 3rd was considerable.

-Neil

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending October 16, 2005

Books
1Children of the Company by Kage Baker (Hardcover)
2Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (Signed Hardcover)
3Berserk by Tim Lebbon (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
4The Drive-In: The Bus Tour by Joe R. Lansdale (Signed Hardcover)
5Thud! by Terry Pratchett (Signed Hardcover)

Magazines
1Fantasy & Science Fiction
2Neo-Opsis
3Analog
4Horror Express
5Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

Expect next week’s listing to contain Thomas Ligotti, Caitlin Kiernan, and Weird Tales!

-Neil

Daily Life Intrudes…

My old day job is finally over. I finished up on Wednesday and Thursday I started the new job. Since 1989, I’ve been working in universities. This week, I jumped into the world of K-12 education as a Technology Director for a small private school.

I’m getting up an hour and half earlier than I’m used to and my commute is an hour each way on a good day. If you live in the NJ area, you know this last week has been almost continuous rain, so no good days. As a result, it’s been rough keeping up with all the packing this week and today was email catch-up day, many apologies amoung them. With luck, I’ll get a handle on this new schedule, stop feeling jet-lagged, and be back on track next week. If I have to, I’ll inlist some paid help to make sure the packages keep going out on time. Of course, I’ll have to come up with some clever way to increase sales a bit to pay for that. 🙂

Now I think I’ll take a much-needed break and read some more of Tobias Buckell’s Crystal Rain. He sent me an ARC and I’d like to finish it up tonight. Also picked up Unshattered (CD) by Peter Murphy. Assuming it’s good, it will be on repeat for a few hours.

-Neil

The Skewed Throne Contest

The Skewed Throne Contest

In January, Joshua Palmatier’s new fantasy novel, The Skewed Throne, will be published by Daw. Joshua would like to offer one lucky customer a free signed copy and a special prize to go with it.

All you have to do is preorder The Skewed Throne from Clarkesworld Books before the end of December. Order two copies – one for you, one as a present for your friend – and your name will be put in twice!

Now about that special prize. The weapon of choice for the Assassins in The Skewed Throne is a dagger. Joshua will choose one of these pens as a prize for our winner. (He hasn’t decided which pen yet.)

Complete contest rules can be found here.

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