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Editorial: February 2011

It is a cliché for a magazine editor to say that things are busy, because things are always busy when you are on a monthly schedule. Yet busy I am. Here’s a brief run-down of what is going on.
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New In Store: January 2011

We have an embarrassment of riches arriving in the store this month. I’d say that I don’t know where to start, except that this one is important.
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Pipeline: January 2011

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Here are the books we are looking forward to seeing in the coming few weeks.
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Editorial: January 2011

It has been a busy month. Yes, I know there were supposed to be holidays, but it has been all go around here.
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Pipeline: December 2010

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As we are now moving into a mid-month release date, some of these books are January releases.
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New In Store: December 2010

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Lots has been happening on the bookstore front since last issue. We now have a proper bookstore which is gradually filling up with interesting material. Right now it is fairly limited, but I am busy talking to a number of small presses about offering their books. I talked quite a bit about my philosophy for the store on my blog, in particular the donations system. There’s a whole brave new world of publishing being opened up by the advent of ebooks. It will be fascinating to see what comes of it, but whatever happens we do need to find ways in which writers can make money from what they do.

So what do we have in the store?

Dark Spires - Colin HarveyObviously there is Dark Spires. While the paper books are selling reasonably well in the UK, I didn’t expect to get orders from overseas. The postage adds significantly to the price. But you can buy ebook editions, and at current exchange rates it is under US$5. Of course you can buy the book anywhere in the world. There’s no DRM, and no region restrictions. I expect this to apply to everything we sell.

Clarkesworld #51In addition you can buy ebook editions of Salon Futura and Clarkesworld. Yes, these are available for free on their respective web sites, but the ebook editions are very cheap, and if you buy them it helps Neil and I keep our magazines going. I expect to be adding other magazines soon.

New for December I’m delighted to announce that we have started to stock some ebooks published by Lethe Press. Lethe is an American-based small press specializing in books of interest to the LGBT community. Many of their books are science fiction and fantasy, and they also publish Icarus, “The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction.”

Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories - Sandra McDonaldFirst up in our list of books from Lethe is Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories, a collection by Sandra McDonald. Many of you will remember the fabulous “periodic table” promotional video that McDonald created for the book, celebrating other female science fiction writers. You may also have read some of her recent short fiction, such as “Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots” at Strange Horizons, or “Beach Blanket Spaceship” at Clarkesworld. If you like those examples of McDonald’s style of humorous, inventive, LGBT-themed fiction them you will love Diana Comet as well.

Shadow Man - Meslissa ScottA much older book is Meslissa Scott’s Shadow Man. This is one of those books that always comes up when people talk about gender-themed science fiction. Set at a time when humanity has developed five distinct genders, the novel explores themes of gender and sexual identity. The book won the 1996 Lambda Award in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category (tied with Nicola Griffith’s equally superb Slow River).

So Fey: Queer Fairy Fictions - Steve BermanBack with short fiction, we have So Fey: Queer Fairy Fictions. This is an anthology with the tongue-in-cheek theme of fairy stories with LGBT themes. Contributors include Rick Bowes, Sarah Monette, Holly Black, Laurie J. Marks, Christopher Barzack, Delia Sherman, Melissa Scott and Eugie Foster. The book is edited by Lethe’s founder, Steve Berman.

Second Thoughts - Steve BermanFinally we have Second Thoughts: More Queer and Weird Stories, a collection of stories by Steve Berman himself. The title pretty much explains what it is all about, except for the “second” bit which refers to the fact that this is Steve’s second collection.

Editorial: December 2010

As explained last issue, we’ve taken a slightly longer gap between issues this time in order to drift towards a mid-month release date. That way we are not competing for attention with the various other magazines (including Clarkesworld) that come out at the beginning of the month. Also it means I don’t have to worry about producing a magazine in the middle of the holidays.

For this issue I’m delighted to welcome Alvaro Zinos-Amaro as a guest contributor. We have some interviews recorded at BristolCon, a podcast about steampunk, and the usual fine contributions from Karen, Sam and Jonathan. Simon Breeze’s cover was also picked up at BristolCon, where it was in the art show.

Probably the most important thing about this issue is that we now have a proper online shop up and running, which we are starting to stock with material from a range of small presses. Please check out the “New In Store” column to see what is happening on that front. I am absolutely delighted to be selling Sandra McDonald’s Diana Comet anthology.

Our next issue will be rather more art-themed. We have an interview with Paul Cornell about comics, and one with Judith Clute about her art. The podcast, assuming I can get a good group together, will also be about comics. Jonathan is working on an article on steampunk in Japan, though I’m not sure when that will be ready, and my own column will focus on writers who are new in 2010. Have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in January.

Pipeline: November 2010

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This regular feature of Salon Futura highlights a number of significant book releases (and occasionally items in other media as well) in the month the issue is published. The selections will be made by Salon Futura contributors and staff, and occasionally by our podcast guests and interviewees.
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New In Store: November 2010

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Dark Spires - Colin HarveyDark Spires will be launched tomorrow at BristolCon. We’ll keep the £6.99 pre-order offer available through the convention, but after that the shop will be closed for a day or two as we switch over to some new software and make ebook copies available. Pricing for the ebooks will be £2.99.

We’ll also be selling ebook copies of Salon Futura through the store. And if you are a small press or independent author that is interested in having us stock your ebooks, this would be a good time to get in touch.

Editorial: November 2010

This issue is coming together in a bit of a rush because I have half of my brain concentrating on BristolCon. We have the Dark Spires launch taking place there, and I’m on a couple of panels. Hopefully there will not have been too many typos.
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Pipeline: October 2010

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This regular feature of Salon Futura highlights a number of significant book releases (and occasionally items in other media as well) in the month the issue is published. The selections will be made by Salon Futura contributors and staff, and occasionally by our podcast guests and interviewees.
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