Neil Clarke

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Cons – Readercon & Balticon Update

I had been hoping to attend Balticon this year, but after checking out my finances and driving by the gas station, I don’t see that being likely. The next con I’ll be at will be ReaderCon, which if I had to choose between the two would be the clear choice. I had been hoping to get a table in the Dealer’s room there, but all of last year’s vendors are returning, so there are no tables available. There was the possibility of a new table opening, but I just heard this week that they scrubbed that plan. I guess I’ll get to go to the panels again this year after all.

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending April 23, 2006

Books
1Night of Knives by Ian Cameron Esslemont (Trade Paperback)
2Better Than Home by Joe Hill (Chapbook)
3A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Signed Hardcover)
4Shuteye for the Timebroker by Paul Di Filippo (Trade Paperback)
5The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford (Hardcover)

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

Night of Knives jumps back into our bestseller list with the release of the unsigned trade paperback edition from PS Publishing. It’s nice that this book is finally available in a more reasonably priced edition. Joe Hill also makes another appearance, but this time for a chapbook he wrote quite some time ago. I’m happy to see Paul Di Filippo’s latest collection make the list. This is one of the books that I’m currently reading and it’s up to the level of quality I’ve come to expect from him.

Next week, expect a strong showing from The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi. Yes, it’s late in showing on our list, but you can thank the USPS for their high-speed shipping on that.

What’s up with the USPS?

Is it just me or has the US Postal Service been sub-par lately? I’ve had dozens of boxes take 30+ days to get to their destinations and yes, I know media mail can be bumped, but boxes mailed two days later to someone shouldn’t arrive 3 weeks before the first one. In 6 years of business, I’ve never seen it get this bad this frequently. My post office is denying that there is a problem. I’m going there on Saturday with a stack of their own tracking records to show them how often it takes two-three weeks to travel from my post office to the Jersey City distribution center less than 30 miles away.

Almost two months ago, I sent a box of the Ghost Brigades to John Scalzi for signing. He received, signed, and shipped them back via Parcel Post on March 14th. They arrived here today. The address label was typed, correct and intact. The postage was correct and the box looks like it has been stored on a shelf all this time. I wish this had tracking information on this one. I really want to know where it’s been.

Maybe all those letters to the Easter Bunny were gumming up the mail… maybe they just don’t like my business… or maybe they don’t like John Scalzi. The world will never know… but I should probably check with John, just in case.

-Neil

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending April 16, 2006

Books
1A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Signed Hardcover)
2Red Lightning by John Varley (Hardcover)
3Cowl by Neal Asher (Paperback)
4In the Eye of Heaven by David Keck (Hardcover)
5Ghosts of Albion: Initiation by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden (Signed Numbered Hardcover)

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

Another week where Christopher Moore takes the top spot… but it looks like the numbers are beginning to decline.

-Neil

Sick of being sick

Has anyone else had this year’s cold that won’t go away? I’ve had something that hits varying levels of intensity since mid-February, right around Boskone. It’s likely that I caught it from one of the kids at the school I work for… which makes me wonder why I ever took this job. Anyhow, mostly congestion and coughing, often mild enough just to be a distraction, but at it’s worst, you’re a goop factory.

To make matters worse, my doctor won’t let me take decongestants because of the medication I’m on for thyroid and blood pressure. He put me on something last month, but it only worked for a week and I hate going back there. You see, I have a thing about needles and every time I go there, out come the needles.

-Neil

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending April 9, 2006

Books
1A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Signed Hardcover)
2The Patron Saint of Plagues by Barth Anderson (Signed Trade Paperback)
3The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford (Hardcover)
4Ghosts of Albion: Initiation by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
5The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson (Trade Paperback)

Magazines
1Interzone
2Fantasy & Science Fiction
3Asimov’s
4Analog
5Tales of the Talisman

Christopher Moore continued to take the top spot for the third week in a row (if I recall correctly) with Barth Anderson close behind. Patron Saint is making it’s way to him for signing as we speak, so the sales you see this week were the people who didn’t want to wait for the signing. Ghosts of Albion: Initiation was late arriving to us, so this is actually the first week it’s been eligible for the list.

With magazines, we’ve had to reorder the latest issue of Interzone. We seem to be becoming the place for US contributors to pick up extra copies. Certainly can’t complain about that. I’m enjoying the second life this magazine has had under the management of TTA. The big question remains, when will we see copies of Black Static, the magazine that replaced The Third Alternative?

-Neil

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