Neil Clarke

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

Month: October 2006 Page 1 of 3

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending Oct. 29, 2006

Books
1Blindsight by Peter Watts (Hardcover)
2Wings to the Kingdom by Cherie Priest (Trade Paperback)
3The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin (Signed Hardcover)
4Futures Past by Jack Dann (ed.) (Paperback)
5Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Hardcover)

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

Blindsight sales remain strong and now we’ve run out of copies. TOR’s ordering system shows stock available, but nothing has shipped to us in the last two weeks. I’ve checked with an alternate distributor and they have been out of stock for almost three weeks with many copies backordered. I’ve also heard from customers that have been unable to find it in their locals stores. Something tells me the initial print run was too small.

Better late than never… Capclave 2006

I’ve been trying to pull together my thoughts on Capclave since returning.  Sean (oldcharliebrown)put me up at his place for the weekend and he also had the table next to me in the dealer’s room. Given how slow the dealer’s room was, we had a lot of time to talk. In short, now I have a small pile of Sean stories to use at my discretion. 🙂

On Saturday, Sean and I were scheduled to be on the Future of Small Press Magazines panel. Edmund R. Schubert, the new editor at Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show and fellow panelist, dropped by the dealer’s room before the panel. The three of us had a very interesting conversation about business models, online fiction, and all sorts of related things. In a sense, we had the panel without our audience. Not having had enough, we decided we leave for the panel.

The final panelist, Lawrence Watt-Evans from Helix, arrived and I was amazed to see the room start to fill. By the time we started, there were close to 20 people in the audience. I expected about 5. Sean was quickly appointed moderator and we spent most of our time discussing the models our four magazines were using, pay rates, story length, philosophy, etc. The audience was involved and aside for a few unnecessary tangents to the topic, (I’m not sure how we hit the whole romance novel thing) it went well. Unsurprisingly, the online magazines see their territory as expanding and evolving in the future with print still present in its traditional form. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time to speculate on the future and get some audience input on that topic.

More time in the dealer’s room. More sitting around and talking. I did get to see the new cover design for Weird Tales, which completely abandons their old logo in hopes of appealing to a wider audience. I’ll have to post an image sometime. Fantasy Magazine also had a refreshed look starting with issue #4, which just arrived. I also managed to get a stack of the new issues of Weird Tales and H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror (also sporting a new look).

It’s always a pleasure to get some time to talk to Catherynne M. Valente (yuki_onna), who stopped by our tables for a little while. She had an advance copy of The Orphan’s Tales with her and I’m impressed. The publisher obviously spent a lot of time on this. It’s just a very nice looking book and based on the readings I’ve heard, this is likely her best work yet. I’m actually disappointed that I’ve been unable to get an ARC on this one. If you’re in the market, I did confirm that she’ll be signing copies for us. Speaking of signing, all our copies of The Grass-Cutting Sword are signed now too.

It wasn’t long before the convention was over and done. Sean and I cleared our tables into my van and headed back to his place. A big thank you goes to Sean and his wife (and the two cats) for putting me up for the weekend. Absolutely no thanks will be given to the state of Delaware.   Due to several lanes being closed on I-95 and the bridge (Delaware, I believe) back into NJ, a four hour (max) trip turned into a seven hour crawl home.

Overall, I was happy (not thrilled) with the way things went in the dealer’s room.  I’ve already reserved my table for next year and Capclave will added as a regular addition to my con schedule. As for my future on panels, who knows, I may do one again sometime. It was fun.

Locus Review for Issues 1-3

Just received email that the following review will appear in the next issue of Locus:

Anthologies and webzines, yes; but what about the promotional exercise I mentioned at the start? Well, Clarkesworld Magazine is now publishing, on its website (and later in printed form), two new short stories a month, chosen by Sean Wallace & Nick Mamatas, and the selections thus far are very sound; they may well attract more online book purchasers to Clarkesworld’s precincts (www.clarkesworldmagazine.com). To begin with: in October, Sarah Monette’s “A Light in Troy” considers touchingly the desperate quest for affection by victims of war throughout the ages; and Lavie Tidhar’s “304, Adolph Hitler Strasse” penetratingly scourges the mentality of Nazism and anti-Semitism, presenting an alternate history of German victory in World War Two that proceeds to swallow itself up, consumed by the frenzy of its own degenerate fetishism. Tidhar is an emerging master, and as usual, he pulls no punches at all.

In November, Ian Watson & Roberto Quaglia send up a different sort of fetishism—that of the Japanese consumer—with exuberant daft eroticism in “The Moby Clitoris of His Beloved”; and in December, Jenny Davidson’s “The Other Amazon” wittily evokes the addiction of the online book buyer, the fantasies of alternate retailers purveying impossible books that must occur to every bibliophile, early and often.

—Locus, (Nick Gevers).

A glimpse into my little world

We just received a letter from our health insurance company notifying us that my doctor would no longer be covered under my medical plan. The whole thought of switching doctors freaks me out so much that I am currently looking for a new job. I like the other job, but it’s an hour away and one of the reasons I was willing to take it was that I could keep my doctor.

What could inspire such loyalty? I’m absolutely terrified of needles, doctors, and all things designed to put holes in me for the purpose of a medical professional’s enjoyment. I trust this guy because I know his people understand this and work with the crazy man that has to come in once a year to have his various medications checked up on. He’s also the one that figured out what was wrong with me and fixed it. Five years of falling apart put to an end.

This sucks. Anyone in northern NJ need a technology director for a school or university? Medical plan must cover my doctor. Resume available.

Free Shipping Weekend

Since I’ll be attending Capclave this weekend, I won’t be able to ship any orders from the 20th through the 22nd. To make up for this minor delay, if you place an order anytime between now and midnight of the 22nd, just put FREE SHIPPING in the comments and I’ll switch your order over to free media mail shipping. This offer is only good for in-stock books shipped within the US. If you have books on hold and would like to have them shipped now, email me and we can cover those books as part of this offer as well.

If you’re coming to Capclave, I’ll have a table in the dealer’s room and at 3:00 on Saturday, I’ll be on the Future of Small Press Magazines panel. Stop by and say hi!

My first panel

I’ve just received confirmation that I’ll be on a panel at Capclave this coming weekend:

The Future of Small Press Magazines
Edmund R. Schubert (Orson Scott Card’s Intergalatic Medicine Show), Sean Wallace (Fantasy Magazine), Lawrence Watt-Evans (Helix), Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld Magazine)

I’ve never been on a panel at a convention before. This should be fun. I think. 🙂

So… any panel veterans have some words of advice?

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