Neil Clarke

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

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Cracked Throne Contest

Last year, I had the pleasure of running a contest with Joshua Palmatier (jpsorrow) to help promote his first novel, The Skewed Throne. It’s sequel, The Cracked Throne, will be published by DAW this November. We talked a little and came up with a sequel to last year’s contest.

If you order/preorder any book by Joshua Palmatier between now and midnight October 31st, 2006, you will be in entered in a contest where you could win:

Grand Prize: A signed ARC (advanced reader’s copy) of the novel The Cracked Throne, five signed copies of The Skewed Throne (paperback) for you and your friends, and a pen shaped like a dagger.

First Prize: A signed hardcover edition of the novel The Cracked Throne and a pen shaped like a dagger.

Second Prize:
A signed hardcover edition of the novel The The Skewed Throne.

Third Prize: A signed paperback edition of the novel The Skewed Throne.

Contest details and rules can be found here.

Clarkesworld Magazine Update

Here are some of the authors and stories you can expect in the first six months of Clarkesworld Magazine:

October 1. Sarah Monette (truepenny)
2. “304 Adolph Hitler Strasse” by Lavie Tidhar
November 1. Catherynne M. Valente (yuki_onna)
2. “Lydia’s Body” by Vylar Kaftan
December 1.
2. “The Other Amazon” by Jenny Davidson
January 1.
2. “Automatic” by Erica Satifka
February 1.
2. “Attar of Roses” by Sharon Mock
March 1.
2. “Mermaid” by Carrie Laben

I have to thank nihilistic_kid for his hard (and often entertaining) work on the open submissions that yielded all those #2 slot stories. I just finished reading them and I’m almost sorry that I’ll have to make you wait. 🙂 oldcharliebrown and I hope to have some more details on the first six #1 slots available soon.

I expect to have the details for the signed limited chapbook subscriptions available in the next few days.

-Neil

Tinkering with the website

Every now and then, I get the urge to tinker with the design of the website. I had to add a link to Clarkesworld Magazine anyway, so I started playing with the design of the store’s home page. If you have a second, I’d appreciate some honest feedback.

This is what it is now:
http://www.clarkesworldbooks.com

and this is the new version:
http://www.clarkesworldbooks.com/index4.php

-Neil

Clarkesworld Bestsellers : Week Ending August 27th, 2006

Books
1Hunters of Dune by Brian Herbert (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
2House of Chains (Malazan, Book 4) by Steven Erikson (Hardcover)
3Three Days to Never by Tim Powers (Hardcover)
4Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff Vandermeer (Hardcover)
5The Rutting Season by Brian Keene (Signed Trade Paperback)

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

Hunters of Dune is a signed limited of 10,000 copies. To make things interesting they signed 26 copies in red (lettered A-Z) with a personalized message, 74 copies in purple with personalized message, 2900 copies in green ink, and 7000 copies in blue. The first two boxes we opened had blue ink, but the next two were green. I’ve seen posts on the author’s site that these are being distributed randomly… mixed in with unsigned copies. Not sure I buy that since you can order boxes of the signed copies straight from the publisher. All the books in each box are numbered in sequence, so it’s quite possible that some lucky bookseller will end up with a box of the rare lettered state. Keep your eyes on EBay to see if I’m right. 🙂

Books
1Phantom by Terry Goodkind (Hardcover)
2In the Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez (Trade Paperback)
3The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde (Signed Hardcover)
4Idolon by Mark Budz (Paperback)
5Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey (Signed Hardcover)

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

With all the stuff about Clarkesworld Magazine being announced, I completely forgot about the bestseller list. Ok, I remembered it yesterday, but it was my birthday and I was reserving my right to be lazy. 🙂

Clarkesworld Magazine

The cat is out of the bag. With the assistance of nihilistic_kid and oldcharliebrown Clarkesworld Magazine will become a reality in October. 

Here are the highlights:

* two stories posted to the site each month
* signed limited chapbook containing both stories after the month is over
* at the end of a year, an unsigned anthology
* paying 10 cents a word
* one slot per month is solicited, the other via open submission (guidelines)

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