Between shelves

Sat 27 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 6 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Interfictions, the first book from the Interstitial Arts Foundation, has just gone off to the printer. A few review copies have gone out but most will go out closer to the pub date — let’s call the pub date Monday, April 30th. By then the book will be in the stores, sliding between shelves, cracking open heads, and warming the hearts of readers everywhere in Bookland.

Want to review it? Drop us a line.

The cover (featuring a photo of 3D art by Connie Toebe) is below as well as the full table of contents — although that’s still alphabetical, the true order will be revealed Later.

You can read a version of the introduction online but for the rest you’ll have to wait a bit. The Afterword, by hard-working editors Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss, is a great conversation on expectations, editing, definitions (and the lack or use of them), and should be kickstart further conversations of interest. Maybe that can be posted in the form of blog posts by the editors or maybe it will end up on the IAF forums.

A page for the book will appear soon(ish), it can be preordered here (or at your fave book shop), and it will be pretty.
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Heinz Insu Fenkl, Introduction
Karen Jordan Allen, “Alternate Anxieties”
Christopher Barzak, “What We Know About the Lost Families of – House”
K. Tempest Bradford, “Black Feather”
Matthew Cheney, “A Map of the Everywhere”
Michael DeLuca, “The Utter Proximity of God”
Adrián Ferrero, “When It Rains, You’d Better Get Out of Ulga” (translated from Spanish)
Colin Greenland, “Timothy”
Csilla Kleinheincz, “A Drop of Raspberry” (translated from Hungarian)
Holly Phillips, “Queen of the Butterfly Kingdom”
Rachel Pollack, “Burning Beard – The Dreams and Visions of Joseph Ben Jacob, Lord Viceroy of Egypt”
Joy Marchand, “Pallas at Noon”
Anna Tambour, “The Shoe in SHOES’ Window”
Veronica Schanoes, “Rats”
Léa Silhol, “Emblemata” (translated from French)
Jon Singer, “Willow Pattern”
Vandana Singh, “Hunger”
Mikal Trimm, “Climbing Redemption Mountain”
Catherynne Valente, “A Dirge for Prester John”
Leslie What, “Post hoc”
Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss, “Afterword: The Space Between”



Sun 21 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Magic for BeginnersWe are far away. Cat Sparks posted some pics to prove it. Gavin may look peely wally but rumors of his death proved to be a little premature. How much we’re not telling.

Kelly is now teaching at the Clarion South workshop just outside of Brisbane. She’ll be reading at a local bookshop on Thursday night. But if you live in Brisbane (and you care about these things) you probably already know that. Otherwise, besides (the awesome) Galaxy in Sydney, you can get signed copies of Magic for Beginners at Pulp Fiction in Brizzy (as we are told to say).

And, look, the first appearance of the UK edition of Magic for Beginners. It is such a beautiful edition with shiny bits and bumpy bits and art on the inside of the covers. Wow. Comes out prop’ly Feb. 5th. Maybe we can go to the UK and see it there, too.



Sun 21 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Magic for BeginnersWe are far away. Cat Sparks posted some pics to prove it. Gavin may look peely wally but rumors of his death proved to be a little premature. How much we’re not telling.

Kelly is now teaching at the Clarion South workshop just outside of Brisbane. She’ll be reading at a local bookshop on Thursday night. But if you live in Brisbane (and you care about these things) you probably already know that. Otherwise, besides (the awesome) Galaxy in Sydney, you can get signed copies of Magic for Beginners at Pulp Fiction in Brizzy (as we are told to say).

And, look, the first appearance of the UK edition of Magic for Beginners. It is such a beautiful edition with shiny bits and bumpy bits and art on the inside of the covers. Wow. Comes out prop’ly Feb. 5th. Maybe we can go to the UK and see it there, too.



Thu 11 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Great SF Site review of Travel Light by Paul Kincaid:

Travel LightAlthough simply and clearly told, this story is far from simple or pleasant, it is crowded with cruelty, betrayal, duplicity, slaughter, and the more exalted or heroic a character is the more vile their behaviour.

Harriet Klausner liked it too(!):

Fans of Potter will enjoy this excellent reprint of a 1950s young adult fantasy starring a wonderful heroine and a terrific support cast who makes shapeshifters and dragons seem real. The story line is more a coming of age series of vignettes in the life of Halla with her fifteen adventures fun to follow especially soaring with dragons. Fans will appreciate this fine tale of a heroic child and the “heroes” who adopt her.

Most unexpected link for Travel Light: feral children.



Thu 11 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Great SF Site review of Travel Light by Paul Kincaid:

Travel LightAlthough simply and clearly told, this story is far from simple or pleasant, it is crowded with cruelty, betrayal, duplicity, slaughter, and the more exalted or heroic a character is the more vile their behaviour.

Harriet Klausner liked it too(!):

Fans of Potter will enjoy this excellent reprint of a 1950s young adult fantasy starring a wonderful heroine and a terrific support cast who makes shapeshifters and dragons seem real. The story line is more a coming of age series of vignettes in the life of Halla with her fifteen adventures fun to follow especially soaring with dragons. Fans will appreciate this fine tale of a heroic child and the “heroes” who adopt her.

Most unexpected link for Travel Light: feral children.



Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This woman is . . . sending out Generation Loss galleys. We made a video of it. But we had to send it to the CDC it was so infectioussss.
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Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This woman is . . . sending out Generation Loss galleys. We made a video of it. But we had to send it to the CDC it was so infectioussss.
The image “http://lcrw.net/images/owl-mask.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.



Planning to Fail

Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

“Fresh brian, fresh brian!” What’s your zombie plan? Check out the “Planning to Fail” PSA from the machinima series Red vs. Blue. (Watch in Lo-res Quicktime.) Thanks Tom!



Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Good news for Ellen Kushner, her novel The Privilege of the Sword is on the preliminary Nebula ballot—along with lots of other good books by Rick Bowes, Paul Park, Jeff Ford, David Marusek, etc., etc. Barzak, Delia Sherman, Dora Goss, and many other interesting things on there. What fun.

Ellen will also be at the New York ComicCon at the Bantam Spectra booth and will be signing and giving away 100 copies of TPOTS (sometime between Feb. 23-25).
Lasty, Ellen reports that Privilege has been sold to a Dutch publisher. More swashbuckling around the world!
On rights sales that (sadly) really don’t have anything to with us except that it’s cool, Sean Stewart’s Perfect Circle has sold to the following: La Factoria de Ideas, Spain; Fabryka Publishing, Poland; and Karisto Oy, Finland.



Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Good news for Ellen Kushner, her novel The Privilege of the Sword is on the preliminary Nebula ballot—along with lots of other good books by Rick Bowes, Paul Park, Jeff Ford, David Marusek, etc., etc. Barzak, Delia Sherman, Dora Goss, and many other interesting things on there. What fun.

Ellen will also be at the New York ComicCon at the Bantam Spectra booth and will be signing and giving away 100 copies of TPOTS (sometime between Feb. 23-25).
Lasty, Ellen reports that Privilege has been sold to a Dutch publisher. More swashbuckling around the world!
On rights sales that (sadly) really don’t have anything to with us except that it’s cool, Sean Stewart’s Perfect Circle has sold to the following: La Factoria de Ideas, Spain; Fabryka Publishing, Poland; and Karisto Oy, Finland.



Tue 9 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

January means it’s time for another Tiptree Award anthology (once more cleanly designed by John Berry). This year’s is the third in this series and has a ToC that just shines, baby, shines. Ted Chiang, Timmi DuChamp, Ursula K. Le Guin, Margo Lanagan, Nalo Hopkinson, Aimee Bender, Tiptree.
Also out on the tubes: an
interview with Cindy of Doris zine fame. Yes, you should order it.

And after you read that interview check out the glory that is ZineWiki. Or should that be the Time Sink That Is ZineWiki? For it is indeed an amazing place. Phew. Get to work, you heathens! Edit, Edit, Edit!

Another interview: Tim Sandlin in the Jan. issue of Bookslut—which has a lot of good reading. Sandlin is the author of Skipped Parts, a hilarious read, and has a new novel coming out next week or so, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eightywhich, if you like labels, is maybe near-future social science fiction. Or, a fun read in which a bunch of old baby boomers (although sadly not Jimi) rebel against their unfair captivity. Give it to any boomer and watch them whine about how it wasn’t like that in the Sixties and anyway, how would you know, were you at Berkeley in ’68? I didn’t think so.
(Exit, laughing.)

And: Sean & Co. are busy again. Win a trip to space. Immerse, immerse!



Tue 9 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

January means it’s time for another Tiptree Award anthology (once more cleanly designed by John Berry). This year’s is the third in this series and has a ToC that just shines, baby, shines. Ted Chiang, Timmi DuChamp, Ursula K. Le Guin, Margo Lanagan, Nalo Hopkinson, Aimee Bender, Tiptree.
Also out on the tubes: an
interview with Cindy of Doris zine fame. Yes, you should order it.

And after you read that interview check out the glory that is ZineWiki. Or should that be the Time Sink That Is ZineWiki? For it is indeed an amazing place. Phew. Get to work, you heathens! Edit, Edit, Edit!

Another interview: Tim Sandlin in the Jan. issue of Bookslut—which has a lot of good reading. Sandlin is the author of Skipped Parts, a hilarious read, and has a new novel coming out next week or so, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eightywhich, if you like labels, is maybe near-future social science fiction. Or, a fun read in which a bunch of old baby boomers (although sadly not Jimi) rebel against their unfair captivity. Give it to any boomer and watch them whine about how it wasn’t like that in the Sixties and anyway, how would you know, were you at Berkeley in ’68? I didn’t think so.
(Exit, laughing.)

And: Sean & Co. are busy again. Win a trip to space. Immerse, immerse!



Crap days in publishing

Mon 8 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Ours are just overloaded, in other places it’s truly crap.

After seven years, Clamor Magazine is folding. Clamor were good people providing viewpoints and voices that aren’t often heard. Darn.

The Independent Press Association has (not unexpectedly) gone toes up. Punk Planet and their ilk are the sufferers here. Magazine distribution is, well, pick your favorite metaphor for pain and suffering, add a pinch of humilation, and that feeling you get when there’s a long, long queue at the post office and the only person working is medically dead, and it’s something like that. The IPA hoped to help but failed. Magazine distribution choices are disappearing faster than hope for clean elections.

Then the elephant in the room: AMS and their Chapter 11 bankruptcy. AMS have been under SEC investigation since at least 2002. They have been delisted from the stock market for not complying with quarterly reporting rules and a few ex-top execs who messed with ad revenue figures are trying out alternative modes of living. ie prison. AMS are huge: they supply CostCo with those pallets of books that lie around the front of the warehouses (whoopee, that’s some fun shoppin’). AMS are also, as of a couple of years ago, the parent company of Publishers Group West, exclusive distributors for Soft Skull, McSweeney’s Books, Tin House, and ~150 others. Fingers crossed that if PGW are sold off quick the publishers see their money and not just pennies on the dollar.



Mon 8 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 5 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Latest logo comes from Terry Lau of Beehive Design. Terry did the wonderful logo for Jim Munroe’s No Media Kings. The first of these came in a couple of stripes, with Small Beer Press at the bottom or at the side. The second is cut from a spine mockup. What do you think?
http://lcrw.net/images/logo/Lau1.gifhttp://lcrw.net/images/logo/Lau2.gif

Kelly is in Maine reading tonight at the Stone Coast MFA program. Sunday we leave for Australia where Kelly will teach Clarion, we’ll be at the Aurealis Awards, visiting Pulp Fiction, Galaxy, Infinitas, and as many other bookshops as we can. (Just the usual, then.) Maybe see some sights, maybe hole up and hide from the heat.



Mon 8 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Latest logo comes from Terry Lau of Beehive Design. Terry did the wonderful logo for Jim Munroe’s No Media Kings. The first of these came in a couple of stripes, with Small Beer Press at the bottom or at the side. The second is cut from a spine mockup. What do you think?
http://lcrw.net/images/logo/Lau1.gifhttp://lcrw.net/images/logo/Lau2.gif

Kelly is in Maine reading tonight at the Stone Coast MFA program. Sunday we leave for Australia where Kelly will teach Clarion, we’ll be at the Aurealis Awards, visiting Pulp Fiction, Galaxy, Infinitas, and as many other bookshops as we can. (Just the usual, then.) Maybe see some sights, maybe hole up and hide from the heat.



Wed 3 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Book CoverHello 2007, have we met? Maybe not. Might be due to the extended holiday dazey feeling. Ah, holidays. There just aren’t enough of them in the USA. 2 weeks paid holiday? Pah. Time to move to Europe where you get four or five or six weeks.

So, 2007. First thing: Kelly did a short interview with Ysabeau Wilce for BookPage.

After mailing out some stuyff today (more on that later), now everyone here is digging their way out of 2006’s pile of fiction for LCRW and the Year’s Best. We have until the 14th. Fingers crossed.



Wed 3 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Book CoverHello 2007, have we met? Maybe not. Might be due to the extended holiday dazey feeling. Ah, holidays. There just aren’t enough of them in the USA. 2 weeks paid holiday? Pah. Time to move to Europe where you get four or five or six weeks.

So, 2007. First thing: Kelly did a short interview with Ysabeau Wilce for BookPage.

After mailing out some stuyff today (more on that later), now everyone here is digging their way out of 2006’s pile of fiction for LCRW and the Year’s Best. We have until the 14th. Fingers crossed.