Ebooks, reviews, year’s bests, awards, and don’t forget to vote!

I’d like to thank everyone who has been spreading the word or purchasing copies of the latest Clarkesworld ebook issue. The preliminary results in our 99 cent ebook experiment are interesting, but it’s the rest of the month that will provide the most useful data. I’d also like to encourage those of you who purchased copies to go back to Amazon or BN.com later and review or rank it with their star systems. Reviews are another factor in the equation and we haven’t been very successful in getting feedback in those markets.

In other news, it appears that "The Things" by Peter Watts was our runaway story last year. It has picked up Year’s Best nods from Strahan, Dozois, Horton and Guran, an Honorable Mention from Ellen Datlow, and is a nominee for Best Short Story in the BSFA Awards. I couldn’t be happier for Peter and all of us at CW have our fingers crossed in hopes that Peter finds himself on the Hugo ballot again this year.

Speaking of the Hugos and other awards, if you are attending Worldcon this year (or did last year), you are eligible to nominate. The deadline is March 26th and it will be here before you know it. I think it is very important for people that can nominate to do so. As you know, we won the Hugo for Best Semiprozine last year and that’s a category that has been under fire in recent years. If you feel that magazines like Clarkesworld should be recognized, please remember to nominate in that category. There are lots of worthy semiprozines. Support them and their stories with your nominations. Trust me, it means a lot to the people who get nominated.

The Locus Poll is also up and running. Anyone can vote in that one. I know some people think they should boycott it because of their practice of counting subscriber votes twice, but you aren’t really helping anyone by doing that. If anything, it should encourage you to get more people voting so the doubling becomes less likely to be be statistically meaningful. It’s the closest thing we have to a free and open vote from the SF community. (Yes, yes, the Hugos are a popular vote, but not free.) Support it by voting and use the comments on the form to discourage their doubling practice.