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 for the Week Ending Feb. 26, 2006

Books
1Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell (Signed Hardcover)
2Sebastian (Ephemera #1) by Anne Bishop (Signed Hardcover)
3The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3) by R. Scott Bakker (Hardcover)
4Dusk by Tim Lebbon (Trade Paperback)
5Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Paperback)

Magazines
1Fantasy & Science Fiction
2Interzone
3Asimov’s
4Inhuman
5Analog

Crystal Rain and Sebastian were published weeks ago, but this is their first week eligible for the list since they were tied up by signings. I’m very glad to see Crystal Rain at the top of the list this week. It’s an excellent book. Thousandfold Thought continues to perform well. Checked my records and it’s selling faster than the prior two books in the series. Dusk and Spin hopped back into the bestseller list, but considerably below the top three. Spin was one of my favorite books last year and I just read somewhere that Wilson’s next book will be a sequel called Axis. Can’t wait!

-Neil

Happy Birthday Aidan!

Happy 6th Birthday Aidan!

Aidan is 6 today. He had a Robots-themed party yesterday with 6 of his friends and there was plenty of ice cream and brownies. Afterwards we had a family party with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends. When all was said and done he received a pile of books, DVDs, kidk’nex critters, and even a remote control dinosaur. Today we’re all taking it easy. Brownies for breakfast. Brownies for lunch. Sadly, I don’t think we have enough for dinner.

Boskone Day 2

Saturday was the busiest day for me. I started off with a 10am panel, Online Writing and Online Communities with Lenny Bailes, Tobias Buckell, James D. McDonald, John Scalzi, and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. We heard tales of experiences in the online world that started as far back as the days of 300 baud modems (who else lived though that?) and up through message boards and blogging. The word of the day was disenvoweling, the process of removing all vowels from an offending post. It’s much more effective than just deleting a post. It was a great panel with lots of insight into improving an online presence.

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Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending Feb. 19, 2006

And now a short break from the Boskone reports… (which will continue later today)

Books
1The Best of Philip Jose Farmer by Philip Jose Farmer (Hardcover)
2The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3) by R. Scott Bakker (Hardcover)
3No Present Like Time by Steph Swainston (Trade Paperback)
4The Healthy Dead by Steven Erikson (Signed Hardcover)
5The Plot to Save Socrates by Paul Levinson (Hardcover)

Magazines
1Interzone
2Fantasy & Science Fiction
3Inhuman
4Weird Tales
5Asimov’s

Next week will have strong showings from Tobias Buckell and Anne Bishop. The signed books we were expecting are here and shipping this week and preorders were strong on both.

-Neil

Boskone Day 1

I attended my first Boskone this past weekend and had a great time. It took me 5 hours to drive up from NJ and that trip caused me to appreciate my Eazy Pass more than ever. I do have to wonder why CT and MA place the “speed lanes” on the right at toll plazas, but that’s another story.

I checked into the hotel and lugged several boxes of books to my room. The view from the 25th floor was great. My room looked out across the river, though I rarely had to chance to sit back and appreciate it. The first stop was down at registration to pick up my badge. On the way out, stegoking flagged me down and gave me an update on the location of BwB party.

By six, I was at pgtremblay’s panel Horror in the Mainstream/Genre, which was well-moderated by F. Brett Cox. There were many good examples of horrific mainstream fiction toss about the panel and audience. It was informative and often entertaining, but not having eaten in many hours left my brain with the ability to only retain the example of Stewart O’Nan. (Paul, care to enlighten us?) When it was over, I joined most of the panel and a couple of their friends for dinner. I had planned to go to another panel that evening, but food and good conversation intervened.

After dinner, Paul signed a few more copies of his book for my store and then we headed off for the Tor party. Book covers were on the walls, windows, and beds, which certainly gave people something to look at and talk about. It was well-attended and a good place to meet people. Unlike some of the cons I’d been to in the distant past, there wasn’t a feeling of being unwelcome around the pros or the con staff.

Leaving the Tor party, I was flagged down by a woman standing in the hall. She was keen on getting me to attend some party she wouldn’t name. Sticking my head inside, I discovered it to be the BwB party I was looking for. BwB is an unofficial George R. R. Martin fan club and a bunch of fun people, several of whom are my customers. The woman in the hallway turned out to be stegoking’s wife and there was a good laugh about how I found them. I talked with a bunch of people and was later introduced to George. I was pleasantly surprised that George knew about Clarkesworld. Later, he told someone there that they should check out my store. (Whether or not they do, doesn’t matter, I was floored by this.) This is where business cards come in very handy. Getting to meet so many people who had purchased books from me was very cool. As an online bookseller, this sort of thing is pretty rare.

That wrapped up the first day, or so I thought. At 5:30 AM, I awoke to the sound of my door rattling. At first I figured it was someone too drunk to find the right room number, but then the room key worked and the door caught on the security bar. Now I was wide awake. The person on the outside was yelling at me to open the door. I was about to call security, when they announced that they were security and that they wanted in to turn off the alarm. As I put the phone down, I could make out the distant sound of an alarm clock buzzing. I yelled back that he had the wrong room and exchanged a few more words. As I relocked my door, he started the whole routine all over again next door. I’m pretty sure that was the wrong room too.

Now I have to pack some more orders, so day two, the more interesting day, will come later…

-Neil

Boskone

I’ll be leaving for Boskone tomorrow afternoon, so I’m spending part of today getting ready. I’ve made arrangements with a few authors to sign some books for the store. I’m a bit shy about asking (something I’m working on) so if you’ll be there and wouldn’t mind signing, just let me know (books@clarkesworld.com) and I’ll bring whatever I have on hand. Looks like there will still be room in the trunk at this point.

On the other side of the coin are the customers. Several people have asked that I bring their orders to the con. I very rarely meet any of my customers, so it will be a pleasant change of pace for me. Several expect to be at the BwB party. I’ll try to pop in given the time.

-Neil

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