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Month: April 2014

2014 Hugo Nominee!

The 2014 Hugo Award nominees were announced yesterday. I’ve received my third consecutive nomination in the Best Editor (short form) category! I’d like to thank everyone that nominated me. I’m very honored and appreciate this show of support. [I was somewhat less dignified when they told me. WOOOO! ]

I wish I could attend Worldcon in London this year, but it’s looking unlikely. Basically, the rule is that I’m not allowed to attend a con in a city my wife likes unless the whole family can come along. Last I checked, plane tickets would have been $1500 each, which means $6000 total for just the airfare. The final total is closer to $8000. Even if I could go alone, it would be expensive. That’s just not practical, so I’ll have to watch online just like everyone else this year.

By the way, the Hugo Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday at Worldcon. That’s August 17th… my birthday.

Vodo – OtherWorlds Bundle

Last month, I was approached by the folks at Vodo, a pay-what-you-want site that offers mixed bundles of movies, games, books, etc. They wanted to know if I’d be interested in offering Clarkesworld Magazine as part of an upcoming science fiction-themed bundle. I was initially skeptical about the idea, but they eventually won me over.

Given that we place all our content online for free, allow people to make PayPal or Patreon donations, you’d think that this might be a no-brainer for us. The problem is that we’ve established a price for our subscriptions and didn’t want to alienate our existing subscribers by offering a much cheaper alternative. Fortunately, Vodo was receptive to our concerns and worked with me to come up with something that felt more respectful of our existing subscribers.

While Vodo is pay-what-you-want, some content isn’t included in your bundle if you don’t pay more than the average payment or spring for the premium package. We placed a four-issue subscription (nice length for a trial) in the 2nd tier. Given the subscription’s length and average payment for that tier, it feels fair to everyone.

For our part in this, we get a share of the payments and the opportunity to reach a large audience of people who probably haven’t heard of us before. So far, over seven-hundred people have purchased the bundle (launched Friday night) and it’s still available for another eighteen days. I’ll consider this a success if even a small percentage of those people convert into regular subscribers. That’s the best you can expect from any marketing these days and if we want to build our subscriber base, we’re going to have to experiment with our approach to marketing. This seemed like a good place to start. As an added bonus, five-percent of Vodo’s sales go to charity… in this case, the EFF.

The basic Otherworlds Bundle includes the following movies, games, comics, books and music:

  • Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now [Book] – Graphic novel of six stories by Cory Doctorow.
  • Bientôt L’été [Game] – Heavily atmospheric game for two players.\
  • 2145 [Audio] – Dark Ambient music from Sabled Sun
  • The Surrogates [Book] – Acclaimed five-part comic series. NY Times Bestseller.
  • Blink [Film] – 4 tightly-crafted visions of beyond in 1 short film.

If you beat the average price, you’ll unlock these:

  • Ghosts With Shit Jobs [Film] – Macro-satire on a micro-budget
  • Future My Love [Film] -A documentary meditation on financial collapse, utopia and love.
  • Ai Wars: Fleet Command [Game] – Space-based RTS game and expansion pack.
  • Clarkesworld Subscription [Book] – Clarkesworld Sci Fi Magazine, 4-month subscription.
  • Apex Book of World Sf [Book] – 16 sci-fi short stories from Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and more.
  • 2146 [Audio] – AudioThe Dark Ambient sequel to 2145
  • Out There Ep [Audio] – Bespoke compilation of haunted space-pop from Not Not Fun records

If you beat the premium price, you’ll also unlock:

  • The Surrogates: Flesh And Bone [Book] – Prequel to The Surrogates. Sci-Five!
  • Drones [Film] – A trip of an office comedy.
  • The Surrogates: Case Files 1 & 2 [Book] – 2 great graphic novellas set between Volumes 1 and 2.
  • Signals [Audio] – Triple-album spin-off to Sabled Sun’s Dark Ambient odyssey.

You can find all the details on Vodo’s Otherworlds Bundle page. Head on over now and grab yourself a bargain!

April 2014 Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The April 2014 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

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APRIL 2014 – ISSUE #91
“Passage of Earth” by Michael Swanwick
“Autodidact” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Water in Springtime” by Kali Wallace
“The Cuckoo” by Sean Wallace
“Going After Bobo” by Susan Palwick
“Shining Armor” by Dominic Green

Realms of Dark, Deep and Cold by Julie Novakova
The Blue Collar Craftsman & the Salesmen on Mars: A Conversation with Ben Tanzer by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Another Word: Killing Rage by Daniel Abraham
Editor’s Desk: Supporting our Favorites by Neil Clarke

This month’s stories will be released in audio form over the course of the month. Read by Kate Baker.

Wake by Peter Mohrbacher

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