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August Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The August issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now online. If you like what we do, please consider participating in our citizenship drive by making a a donation, purchasing a book or an ebook.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time by Catherynne M. Valente
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time (AUDIO VERSION) by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Kate Baker
Messenger by Julia M Sidorova

Even the Best Stories Have Flaws: Inside Altered Fluid interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Drawing the Lines around a Moving Object by Neil Clarke

Watcher of Merlin by David Melvin

On the 15th of August, our podcast will feature Messenger by Julia M Sidorova

The Kindle edition of this issue will be available from Amazon later this week, but EPUB (Sony/Apple/Nook/etc.) and MOBI (Kindle/Mobipocket) are available now from the Wyrm Publishing ebookstore.

Let me call your attention to….

is putting out a call for the support of short fiction through a subscription drive.  He may work for Realms of Fantasy, but his crusade is for all the great short fiction markets out there.

Aside from being the publisher of Clarkesworld Magazine, I’m a huge fan of short fiction. I read tons of it.  While I ran the bookstore, I had a lot of it readily available and now that’s going away.  I’m picking up a few subscriptions where I can, putting others on wishlists, and now I’m joining his cause and hoping you will too.  I’ll even expand it a bit to suggest that you consider donating to any number of the free magazines out there as well.  Just like their for pay brothers and sisters, they count on your support.  Every little bit helps and as one of those markets, I can tell you it means a lot.

There are a lot of really good magazines out there.  I’ll just toss a few names out there:  Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Electric Velocipede, Shimmer, Sybil’s Garage, Weird Tales, Interzone, Black Static (the second life of The Third Alternative), Talebones, Black Gate, Baen’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy and Flytrap.  That’s just a handful.  I sold nearly 100 different titles in my store so I know there is something for almost everyone.  Check out something new and enjoy.

Want to push your favorite?  Toss it in the comments and tell us why we should subscribe or donate to that magazine.

A Message from Electric Velocipede

I’ve been reading Electric Velocipede for some time now.  John Klima has always done an excellent job with his zine and this morning, I had this email from him:

Hey Everyone:

Most of this is on the front page of the website. If you’re so inclined, please post this message wherever you can:

I came to some conclusions about the zine over Wiscon weekend. It may not be clear, but I’ve been doing this whole endeavor on my own. The past month or so, I’ve had a number of people express astonishment that I don’t have any help in making the zine. I guess I just never considered getting help. Aside from proofreaders, I’ve done all the work myself.

One of the things I’ve come to realize is that the zine cannot grow past where it is without me getting some help. I have a very gracious person who’s doing slush reading for me. This will be a great benefit for everyone. We’ll see how things go; it hasn’t even been a week yet. But so far it’s going really well.

I have some help in creating a nonfiction element for the zine that will have all sorts of cool implications (online components, subscription levels, adding a new depth to the zine, etc.) starting with the next issue.

There is someone I have in mind to help with art direction. I’m hoping to make a move towards color covers in the next year, and I’ll need help doing color separation.

I probably need more help. I have some people in mind to help out with different aspects of the business of making a zine, but for now just adding the help I briefly outlined above is a huge step.

Another thing that’s become clear to me is that this zine will not be able to grow, and most likely, will not be able to survive if I cannot grow my subscriber base. I do not want to stop making Electric Velocipede; I plan on making issues far far into the future. My hope is that the decision to stop is something I make of my own volition rather than something that’s made for me.

I’ve never asked for subscribers before. I’ve never done a subscription drive. I’ve thought about it in the past, but always decided against it.

Not this time.

If I can admit to myself that letting the zine limp on by doing everything myself is not a good thing, I can also admit to myself that I need support from readers. There are some really cool things I want to do. Some cool things I’ve got planned already (see below) that won’t be possible without your help.

Things will be able to continue for a little while the way they are now without your help. But it will be something I won’t be able to maintain indefinitely.

So, here are a few things to keep in mind while you consider whether to subscribe. I will be raising the price of the zine next year from $4 an issue to $5 an issue. The issue that’s coming out next year for Wiscon will be a special issue, and therefore most likely $6 or $7.

The subscription price right now is $15 for four issues. That’s currently a savings of $1 off the cover price. However, if you subscribe now, you’ll get issue #13 this year, the special Wiscon issue, and two more issues for that same $15, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price and potentially more.

There is also a patronage subscription available. For $100, you get everything that I publish, for as long as I publish (shipping is included, even for international folks). I want to keep doing this for a long time.

I have two chapbooks coming out this year: one from William Shunn and one from Robert Freeman Wexler. I will publish at least two more chapbooks. I want to increase the number of issue I publish each year. I want to change over to perfect bound color covers. I’d like to pay my authors more.

What does it really mean?

It all boils down to the fact that I can’t keep doing this on my own. I’ve come a long way on my own. But I’m not content to sit where I am.

I’m very excited about the things I have planned for the future.

I’m also able to admit that I can’t get any further without help.

John Klima
Electric Velocipede

More Online Fiction

The latest addition to our online fiction area is halspacejock‘s story, Loss Leader. It was originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue #3.  Speaking of which, two new issues arrived today.

Fantasy Magazine

Fantasy Magazine has been around for three issues and it’s already one of my favorites. Judging by the sales in our store, it seems to be impressing others as well. The last two issues came out within a couple of weeks of one another (long story) and they’ve just sent me the details on the next two, which you can find here. Thanks to oldcharliebrown, I’ll be adding a few sample stories to our site as well. I’ll post again when they are up so you can judge for yourselves.

By the way, they are looking for some feedback here. Let them know what you think of the covers, stories, etc.

Talebones Update

There have been a lot of posts about the state of things at Talebones Magazine lately. If you haven’t heard, check this entry on norilana‘s LJ.

Anyhow, Patrick posted to their Night Shade Books forum today and here are the results of everyone’s efforts since this started:

112 new subscriptions (and renewals)
47 single-issue copies
2 paid advertisements
1 considerable donation

This is great news and I hope the momentum continues. They haven’t been able to take subscriptions via credit card, so we’re going to help them out. As of yesterday, you can subscribe here too.

By the way, their advertising rates are quite reasonable…

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