The Beautiful SciFi of Clarkesworld

The Beautiful SciFi of Clarkesworld

Clarkesworld has been published monthly since late 2006, and each issue contains interviews, thought-provoking articles and at least three pieces of original fiction.

The books have been recognized with a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, and a British Fantasy Award. Their fiction has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, BSFA, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, Ditmar, Aurora, Aurealis, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.

Here’s a portion of one of our favorites - the short story “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard, a winner and nominee of various awards, including the Nebula Award, Hugo Award, Locus Award, and Theodore Sturgeon Award:

In the morning, you’re no longer quite sure who you are.

You stand in front of the mirror—it shifts and trembles, reflecting only what you want to see—eyes that feel too wide, skin that feels too pale, an odd, distant smell wafting from the compartment’s ambient system that is neither incense nor garlic, but something else, something elusive that you once knew.

You’re dressed, already—not on your skin, but outside, where it matters, your avatar sporting blue and black and gold, the stylish clothes of a well-traveled, well-connected woman. For a moment, as you turn away from the mirror, the glass shimmers out of focus; and another woman in a dull silk gown stares back at you: smaller, squatter and in every way diminished—a stranger, a distant memory that has ceased to have any meaning.

*

Quy was on the docks, watching the spaceships arrive. She could, of course, have been anywhere on Longevity Station, and requested the feed from the network to be patched to her router-and watched, superimposed on her field of vision, the slow dance of ships slipping into their pod cradles like births watched in reverse. But there was something about standing on the spaceport’s concourse-a feeling of closeness that she just couldn’t replicate by standing in Golden Carp Gardens or Azure Dragon Temple. Because here-here, separated by only a few measures of sheet metal from the cradle pods, she could feel herself teetering on the edge of the vacuum, submerged in cold and breathing in neither air nor oxygen. She could almost imagine herself rootless, finally returned to the source of everything.

Most ships those days were Galactic-you’d have thought Longevity’s ex-masters would have been unhappy about the station’s independence, but now that the war was over Longevity was a tidy source of profit. The ships came; and disgorged a steady stream of tourists-their eyes too round and straight, their jaws too square; their faces an unhealthy shade of pink, like undercooked meat left too long in the sun. They walked with the easy confidence of people with immersers: pausing to admire the suggested highlights for a second or so before moving on to the transport station, where they haggled in schoolbook Rong for a ride to their recommended hotels-a sickeningly familiar ballet Quy had been seeing most of her life, a unison of foreigners descending on the station like a plague of centipedes or leeches.

Here’s a quick review from io9 calling “Immersion” one of the coolest pieces of fiction they’ve read. The level of quality in these pages is outstanding.

Clarkesworld also consistently contains some of the most beautiful sci-fi and fantasy based artwork you’ll find. With designs from Serj Iulian, Julie Dillon, Matt Dixon and others, we love looking over the art as much as reading the stellar material.

Believe us when we say, fans of sci-fi will absolutely enjoy these ebooks.


Great SciFi and Fantasy from Lightspeed, Or How We Added George RR Martin to the Collection

Great SciFi and Fantasy from Lightspeed, Or How We Added George RR Martin to the Collection

We just landed George R.R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, and Orson Scott Card!

No, we didn’t add Game of Thrones, or Ender’s Game, or American Gods. But thanks to Lightspeed and its editor John Joseph Adams, we can now say we have amazing short stories, novellas, and interviews from all these timeless SciFi and Fantasy authors.

In our promise to deliver libraries the best ebooks from indie authors and publishers, we are proud to be adding such incredible content that pays homage to classic SciFi collections. If you have a patron looking to dive deep into new SciFi or Fantasy worlds, then Lightspeed is a great place to have them start. Whether it’s to read classic reprints from the likes of George R.R. Martin, or discover new and emerging authors, they’re sure to find something they love in these pages.

And we have every Lightspeed ever produced, with a new edition uploaded each month, all available to purchase on a Forever License - meaning you never have to re-buy or re-license the ebooks you purchase. Your library effectively owns them forever.

In addition to great reprints from some of the biggest names in SciFi and Fantasy, Lightspeed is also filled with original content, like the outstandingly named “The Cross-Time Accountants Fail To Kill Hitler Because Chuck Berry Does The Twist” from author C.C. Finlay, along with numerous Hugo Award Winners and Nominees.

From Lightspeed’s editor and bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams:

Every month Lightspeed brings you a mix of originals and reprints, and features a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet.

In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.

When you read Lightspeed, it is our hope that you’ll see where science fiction and fantasy comes from, where it is now, and where it’s going.


We’re proud to be adding such great content to our curated collection

If you have input on other titles you’d like to see added, let us know in the comment section. More updates coming soon.


Collection Update - December

Collection Update - December

​With 2014 coming to an end, we wanted to take a moment to talk about how the Curated Collection is set to grow in December, and what the next few months will look like on eBooksAreForever.

First, the month is shaping up to be a great one for new content. Just a few of the amazing titles we’re adding are:

  • More additions from New Adult author H.M. Ward
  • Bella Andre’s Sullivans series
  • Steven Konkoly’s Black Flagged series and Perseid Collapse series
  • Multiple series from Daniel Arenson, including Dawn of Dragons, The Moth Saga, and Dragonlore
  • Cheryl Bradshaw’s Sloane Monroe series
  • Paul Draker’s New Year Island
  • Ava Miles’s Dare Valley and Dare River series
  • David Leadbeater’s Matt Drake series

All of those books will be added soon. We’re also working to add an outstanding collection of SciFi monthlies that we think your patrons will love.

As always, if there are any specific books or authors you’d like to see added, don’t hesitate to post a comment to this post or to contact us directly. We work hard to negotiate directly with authors and publishers so you don’t have to.

Moving into the new year, our focus is on continuing to grow this Curated Collection for libraries. We’ll be coming out of the beta phase and officially launching soon, so along with adding titles from the best indie authors, we’ll also begin offering curated titles from some of the best small publishing houses from around the country.

We’ll have more information for you soon, but we’re very excited about the first batch of publishers, which should start adding content over the next few weeks.

Let us know your thoughts. More coming shortly.


Update - October

Update - October

A quick update to end the month and let everyone know what’s happening.

Over the next few days, we’ll begin inviting and accepting accounts from many new authors. We’re elated to be adding such great new authors, and look forward to the continued curation of our entire collection. If you’re a librarian and would like to be involved in this ongoing process, the first place to start is our dedicated Curated Content post.

With the new changes, authors and publishers who have previously made sales through eBooksAreForever will receive emails verifying their accounts on the new system. You may also be prompted to add required information. We will quickly be adding new features, but if you see something missing, or would like to leave feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

When the new site goes live, we’ll open the beta to all authors and publishers who would like to be accepted to the collection. We’ll post a larger, more detailed update in the next few days.


Collection Update - August

Collection Update - August

For this month’s Collection Update, we’ve added a few additional titles, plus we have some news about what the next few weeks on eBooksAreForever will look like for authors and libraries.

First, we’ve added another handful of titles from popular Romance authors H.M. Ward and Barbara Freethy. Many of you have asked for a drastic increase in indie romance authors, and we’re working to facilitate these additions as soon as possible. If you have any authors you’d like to specifically see added, simply drop a comment below or contact us and we’ll work to get them added as soon as possible.

Likewise, we’ve responded to numerous emails from authors wondering why their accounts have yet to be approved. I’d like to take a few minutes to update you on where we’re at and what we’re planning for the coming weeks and months.

As of late July, we have temporarily close the beta to additional authors. This has everything to do with what we have coming.

For the next few weeks, we are turning our attention to what can only be described as eBooksAreForever 2.0. Up until this point, we’ve had a lot of hands-on interaction with authors and librarians, especially during the ebook upload process. We’ve been using Dropbox to house files and then manually upload/update those files when needed. This has worked fine as we’ve learned what librarians want, and how to deliver the best acquisition service possible. But this was process was always going to be improved upon.

That’s what we are focusing on right now. When finished, you’ll be able to login, add and update all of your titles, view and download royalty reports, and see what libraries have purchased your books. We’ll be reaching out to a few of you to help us test the new platform when ready.

Once we have this new build in place, we’ll open up the Beta to all authors who would like to apply to add titles. When approved, you’ll be able to easily control every aspect of your account.

We’ll be adding more updates over the coming weeks, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.