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Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending May 28, 2006

1The Conqueror Worms by Brian Keene (Signed Paperback)
2The Shadow at The Bottom of The World by Thomas Ligotti (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
3Mists of Everness by John C. Wright (Paperback)
4Necroscope by Brian Lumley (Signed Numbered Slipcased Hardcover)
5The Clan Corporate (The Merchant Princes, Book 3) by Charles Stross (Hardcover)

2Fantasy & Science Fiction
5Dark Discoveries

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!


Final update on my brother

It’s over a week later and I think they’ve recovered all they can from the house. The insurance people have been incredible. It’s now likely that my brother will sell his lot to a contractor and buy a new house in the same town. They should be able to do this and replace nearly everything lost in the fire with the insurance money.

His fiancee’s workplace and my sister’s school (she’s a teacher) have been taking up collections to help cover the rest. A first grader offered everything she had (about $700) because my brother lost his dog and that made her very sad. The money wasn’t accepted, but this is just one example of the type of things that have been happening over the last week. It’s been incredibly uplifting.

Sorry I’ve been bad about replying to everyone’s comments on the last couple of entries about this. For the obvious reasons, spare time in the last week wasn’t what it should be. Thanks for all the kind words.

Oh and in answer to the standing question…. The hard drive that I salvaged from the melted Dell laptop was a Toshiba.

GrendelSong Available for Preorder

GrendelSong is a new fantasy magazine I heard about via some of the authors on my friends list. I’m pleased to say that we are now taking preorders for the first issue, which we expect to have in late August.

Here is the table of contents:

Short Stories:
* Grandmother by Samantha Henderson
* Treason Is by Forrest Aguirre
* Crow by Pat Lawrence
* Munashe and the Spirits by E. Sedia
* The Branches of the Tree by Gloria Weber
* Shim Chung the Lotus Queen by Eugie Foster
* Ivy and Thorn by Stephanie Burgis
* The Best of Men, The Best of Times by Jay Lake

* The Occult and The Swan by Rob Morris

Featured Poet:
* Tim Miller

* Featured Artist: Liz Haynes
* Cover Art by LLH

Preorder now!

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending May 21, 2006

1The Clan Corporate (The Merchant Princes, Book 3) by Charles Stross (Hardcover)
2Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology by Steven Savile and Alethea Kontis (Trade Paperback)
3Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology by Steven Savile and Alethea Kontis (Hardcover)
4On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers (Trade Paperback)
5Retro Pulp Tales by Joe R. Lansdale (Hardcover)

1Fantasy & Science Fiction
2Dark Discoveries
5Cemetery Dance

Elemental sold out and restocked this last week. It’s always nice to see something done for charity do well and I hear that it’s doing well for other booksellers too. Congrats to Steven and Alethea!


My optimism has paid off. My brother’s computer was a melted hunk of plastic, but I was able to chisel the hard drive out and recover all the data from it. All his photos. All the music he planned to use for the wedding. Everything!

Update on my brother

I stopped off at my brother’s house on the way home from work. They were digging through the sludge to find hidden treasures and despite wearing my nice work clothes, I jumped in and joined the search.

Lisa, Michael’s fiancee found a box of her family photos. A dresser fell down over them and protected the from the flames in one of the most hard hit rooms. This was like finding gold, irreplacable photos, wet but salvagable.

As they pulled apart the contents of the dresser, I started poking around on the other side of a badly charred door. I was rewarded for my efforts with the champagne glasses they were going to use for their wedding, unharmed and still in the box (damp, charred, but contents intact). Below that was mud, and in the mud was a box. This box contained the shoes Lisa bought for her wedding. They were in plastic bags and spotless.

It was a day of little miracles. Michael and Lisa’s spirits seem lifted today and I am so happy that several of the more personal objects were found. I have the hard drive from his computer. Tomorrow we see if I can recover all the photos on there.


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