Three Days to Never

After feeling a bit stressed earlier in the day, things became decidedly better when the UPS guy showed up. Three Days to Never (the signed limited Subterranean Press edition) arrived today. I’m packing up preorders tonight, doing all sorts of Readercon prep work, and then I’m reading this….

Readercon folks: If you want one, I can bring it there. 🙂

Countdown to Readercon

Readercon is just under a month away and I since I was unable to get a table in the dealer’s room, I’ve decided to make good use of the extra freedom that gives me. I’ve started contacting authors that willing attending the con to set up as many signings as possible. I’m packing my car with as many books as it will hold. 🙂

So far, I’ve had acceptances from: Allen Steele, James Morrow, Jeffrey Carver, Jeffrey Ford, Karl Schoeder, Paul Di Filippo, Paul Levinson, Paul Witcover, Peter Watts, Richard Bowes, and Robert J. Sawyer. Many personal favorites, so I’m very pleased.

No one has said no, but there are a few that just haven’t written back yet. There are still more that I don’t have email addresses for and would love to add to that list. Some of you are on my friends list, so if you haven’t heard from me, please drop me a line at books@clarkesworld.com or post a comment. Likewise if you have contact information for someone who isn’t mentioned above and would be willing to put me in touch with them. I’ve noticed a distinct lack of female authors on the confirmed list, so there will be some extra effort made there. Normally it’s much more balanced.

-Neil

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending May 7, 2006

Books
1Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (Hardcover)
2Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (Hardcover)
3Vellum (The Book of All Hours, Book 1) by Hal Duncan (Trade Paperback)
4The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle (Hardcover)
5The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Signed Hardcover)

Magazines
1Fantasy & Science Fiction
2Asimov’s
3Analog
4Weird Tales
5Cthulhu Sex Magazine

There were a lot of new books received in the last week, but the book that would have been number one (based on preorders) was sent off to Brian Keene to be signed. We’ve had more preorders for The Conqueror Worms than for any other book so far this year. Count on it to be #1 the week we get our box back.

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending March 26, 2006

Ok, so it’s almost a week late, but it was a week that contained our youngest son’s 3rd birthday party, our 11th wedding anniversary, and my first week back at the day job after a 2 week Spring Break. (Rough life.)

Books
1A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Signed Hardcover)
2Twentieth Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (Trade Paperback)
3The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson (Hardcover)
4The Abandoned by Douglas Clegg (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
5Made Ready & Cupboard Love by Terry Lamsley (Signed Numbered Hardcover)

Magazines
1Interzone
2Fantasy & Science Fiction
3Asimov’s
4Weird Tales
5Red Scream Magazine

No surprise that A Dirty Job took the top spot. Signed Christopher Moore books. No brainer. The surprise this week was the flood of orders for 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. First time I’ve actually seen a spike in sales due to an author winning an award. Bonehunters continued to do well. We just received our second shipment, so the trade paperback is back in stock. I also have to give a thumbs up to Lamsley’s book even though I’m only about 3/4ths of the way through.

Lunacon – Day One

Lunacon was better than I remember it being years ago, but they seem eternally cursed to select bad hotels. The Hilton was in the middle of renovations that were supposed to be done two months ago. There were bare outlets and lighting fixtures, closed stairwells, open ceilings, cold wind blowing through the doors in some of the panel rooms, four rooms marked Cafe, unlabeled doors, and erratic heating. You really have to feel for the people who put this con together. They tried (with humor) to overcome and did about as well as you could hope for under the circumstances.

I arrived somewhere around three on Friday. (It’s 40 minutes from my house so I drove in each day.) I picked up my badge and began figuring out where all the rooms were. This was not as easy as you’d think given the lack of stairs and signs. On my journey, I ran into Jim and Shannon Butcher. We decided that this was probably the best time to have him sign books since, as Guest of Honor, his schedule was quite full for the weekend. I ran back down to the car, picked up two boxes of books, and headed back to his room. I have to say that they very nice people and I was particularly impressed when Jim offered to help me carry the boxes back down to my car. On the way, he told me about the Harry Dresden movie. Turns out that this is one of those rare occasions where the author is happy with the script and the way the movie has been going. This raises my hopes for this SciFi movie and the possibilities for a Dresden series.

On returning to the con, I ran into jpsorrow (Joshua) and jennifer-dunne. We made our way through the labyrinth and too the room for his panel on Driving the Snakes from Hasbrook Heights. The original plan was a plastic snake hunt in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, but fears of killing someone who had a snake phobia scuttled that idea. When the moderator failed to show, Joshua was made the moderator and did a good job leading a discussion on snakes in genre (and beyond) literature. The audience participated a lot and apparently I was one of the few people who knew the story of Saint Patrick.

I was introduced to S.C. Butler, whose first novel is coming out from TOR later this year, and the four of us headed off to get some dinner. Sam was nice enough to drive. We chose the Bendix Diner since it was one of the closest places listed on our sheet of restaurants. What a choice. On entering, we were adopted to two little boys (6 and under). They followed us to our table, pulled up chairs, took a menu, and wanted to order chicken fingers. The waitress came and left without the kids, but fortunately she took them on her second trip to the table. Very odd. The food was not worth writing about.

On returning to the con, I was introduced to a game involving trains. (Can’t remember the name.) This would later become a tradition for those periods where we had nothing better to do. I never won any of the games but it was a lot of fun. After our first game ended, we decided to hit the dealer’s room since they’d be closing soon. There were only a few booksellers so it was easy to do my usual research on what wasn’t available and what was selling. Someday I’ll get to put this to use. 🙂 The other dealers had some DVDs, a lot of clothes or jewelry, and surprisingly, herbs. I ended up spending some time talking to the people at the Garden State Horror Writer’s Association table after seeing a book I didn’t recognize… and another… and another. More stuff to order for the store! I’m sure I’ll be in touch with them soon.

At 9PM, I headed off to Fairy Tale Bedtime Stories for Children and Adults which was a reading (with hot chocolate and kids in PJs) by yuki_onna (Catherynne Valente) from her forthcoming book, The Orphan’s Tales. It was a wonderful reading. The kids ate it up and the adults enjoyed it too. Don’t let the audience and stuffed bears fool you, these aren’t Disney fairy tales. I’m looking forward to this even more than I was before and when I’m done reading it, I’ll use it for bedtime reading with Aidan.

The last panel of the evening (for me) was A Look at Epic Fantasy. I didn’t recognize most of the names on the panel. When the introductions were done it turned out that three were involved in publishing, one was an author (Joshua), and I believe the other was a fan. With this setup, the discussion drifted into epic fantasy from the publishing perspective and never really hit the expected points. Despite that, I still found it interesting.

Spent the rest of the evening down in the Cafe where the Livejournal/Blogger meet and greet was supposed to happen. If it happened, I missed it. Joshua, Jennifer, and I hung out for a while. The night wound down and I drove home to find my son sleeping in my bed.

Lunacon

Ok, so who’s going?

It’s less than an hour away from my home, so I’ll be driving out each day. I’m not a dealer at this con (still no updates from Readercon as to whether or not I get a table there), but I will be dragging books along. I made arrangements with Alma Alexander and Catherynne M. Valente to sign books, but that was a while ago and I should follow up with them. Just received word that GoH Jim Butcher will sign for us. I’ve been a fan of the Dresden Files books for a while, so I’m quite pleased.