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Kelly Link and Gavin Grant have bought a bookstore!

Macarthur "Genius" Kelly Link and her husband Gavin Grant are the forces-of-nature behind the amazing Small Beer Press (previously). Read the rest

WAS: a new edition of Geoff Ryman's World Fantasy-nominated Oz novel

The novel tore my heart out in 1992: a contrafactual memoir of L Frank Baum; a desperately poor girl called Dorothy Gael from Manhattan, KS; and a makeup artist on the set of the classic MGM film. Read the rest

North American Lake Monsters: short fiction with every delicate flavor of sorrow

I've been reading and admiring Nathan Ballingrud's short fiction since 1992, when we were both students at the Clarion workshop. Now, some of his very best work has been collected in a moving, sorrowful volume called North American Lake Monsters, from the wonderful Small Beer Press.

Ballingrud's work isn't like any other. These stories are full of sadness and sorrow, but they're not merely sad. Like Tom Waits, Ballingrud is an expert at teasing out every delicious shade and nuance, every fine gradation of misery and pain. It's a heady and fantastic cocktail mixed from roughnecks and down-and-outers and flawed people who find in their ordinary and terrible world monsters, magic, and the strange. Ballingrud's fantastic elements are never seen full on, but always out of the corner of your eye, and it makes them all the more haunting.

This slim volume traces the fine veins of unhappiness in a way that no other writer of science fiction or fantasy I know of can match. If you've ever enjoyed a long cry, or come out of a deep funk to discover the joy of the contrast of the light and the sun, then you know why these stories are so powerful and moving.

If you'd like to get a taste of what I'm talking about, Tor.com has a excerpt from the collection, a story called "The Monsters of Heaven," about a missing child, broken angels, and a marriage in great ruin.

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SF in SF: science fiction night in San Francisco with Jedediah Berry & Laurie R. King

The next SF in SF free science fiction events is coming up on Feb 13, with guests Jedediah Berry and Laurie R. King:

Jedediah Berry was raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New American Voices and Best American Fantasy. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and works as the assistant editor of Small Beer Press. The Manual of Detection is his award-winning first novel, now available in hardcover and paperback.

While Laurie R. King's fiction falls into several areas, first in the hearts of most readers comes Mary Russell, who becomes first the apprentice of Sherlock Holmes, and then his partner. Over the course of ten books (and more to come!), Russell and Holmes challenge each other to ever-greater feats of detection, traveling the world from Sussex to Simla. King's other series concerns San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli, her SFPD partner Al Hawkin, and her life partner Lee Cooper. In the course of her five books, Kate has encountered a female Rembrandt, a modern-day Holy Fool, two difficult teenagers, and a manifestation of the goddess Kali.

Reception begins, and cash bar opens at 6:00PM. Author readings begin at 7:00PM

Each author will read a selection of their work, followed by Q & A moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing in the lounge afterwards.

Books for sale at event, courtesy of Borderlands Books

The Variety Preview Room Theatre The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor - entrance between Quizno's & Citibank 582 Market St.,

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Small Beer sf press book-sale to benefit Franciscan Children's Hospital

Small Beer Press is an astoundingly good independent science fiction press run by Gavin Grant and the brilliant short story writer Kelly Link. Kelly has been in Franciscan Children's Hospital with their newborn, Ursula, having moved in after Ursula's early tenure at Ronald McDonald House following her very premature birth last February (she weighed 1 Lb, 9 oz at birth!).

Now, Gavin ("Mr Kelly Link") Grant sez, "Small Beer Press is having a pre-end-of-the-decade sale + big old fundraiser for Franciscan Children's Hospital (where Kelly Link & Gavin's daughter Ursula is being looked after very well -- she is taking a nap right now after a very busy day!). Here are the basics: All our books (even the preorders) are on sale -- and $1 from every book (or ebook, zine, subscription, etc.) goes to Franciscan. And, if items are ordered at full price, we will donate the difference between the full price and the sale price to Franciscan! Finally: check out the baby + World Fantasy Awards pic -- eldritch or cute, you decide!"

ZOMG. My cute gland just ran out of cutenalin. Hey, Gavin! the Federal Cuteness Commission called to say that you're operating a powerful unlicensed cuton emitter and it's interfering with air traffic control systems.

Kelly & Gavin on Mike FM & a sale--all for Franciscan (Thanks, Gavin!)

Previously: Kelly Link's short story collection Magic for Beginners as a free ... Kelly Link's "Magic for Beginners" - knockout short story ... Boing Boing: Kelly Link's "Most of my Friends are Two-Thirds Water" Boing Boing: Kelly Link is one of Boing Boing: Kelly Link interview on the WELL Boing Boing: An excerpt from Kelly Link's Kelly Link wins a Neb! Read the rest

Ben Rosenbaum's "The Ant King" sf collection as a free CC download

Ben Rosenbaum sez, "The marvelous Small Beer Press has put the entirety of my new short-story collection The Ant King and Other Stories under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license and made it downloadable in a number of formats. To celebrate I am having a little contest for the best derivative works!"

Ben is a superb writer, and his title sotry here, "The Ant King," is one of the strongest sf stories I've read in the past decade, and a modern classic of geek fiction. Go, download. You'll thank me later.

Sheila split open and the air was filled with gumballs. Yellow gumballs. This was awful for Stan, just awful. He had loved Sheila for a long time, fought for her heart, believed in their love until finally she had come around. They were about to kiss for the first time and then this: yellow gumballs.

Stan went to a group to try to accept that Sheila was gone. It was a group for people whose unrequited love had ended in some kind of surrealist moment. There is a group for everything in California.

After several months of hard work on himself with the group, Stan was ready to open a shop and sell the thousands of yellow gumballs. He did this because he believed in capitalism, he loved capitalism. He loved the dynamic surge and crash of Amazon’s stock price, he loved the great concrete malls spreading across America like blood staining through a handkerchief, he loved how everything could be tracked and mirrored in numbers.

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Cool science fiction detritus raffle for KGB reading series

Mary sez,

To raise money for the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series, the hosts (Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel) are holding a raffle. The prizes are unbelievable. Original art from Thomas Canty, Neil Gaiman’s keyboard (autographed), short story critiques by Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois… The list goes on and on. Seriously, one of the items is your own wormhole.

Between July 14th and July 28th, you can buy raffle tickets for only a dollar each. 1 buck. That’s nothing. And you can buy as many as you want.

If you aren't familiar with the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series, Terry Bisson and Alice K. Turner started the series in the late 1990s, attempting to bring together mainstream writers with writers of speculative fiction in order to show, in Alice Turner’s words, “that at a certain level they were plowing exactly the same field.” In the spring of 2000 Ellen Datlow took over for Alice K. Turner and in August 2002 Gavin J. Grant, publisher of Small Beer Press, stepped in for Bisson when he moved to California. Matthew Kressel stepped in for Gavin in April of 2008.

The reading series features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction. Admission is always free.


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Locus Magazine Award finalists

Woohoo! I'm on the Locus Award ballot -- twice! Once for Best Novella for my story After the Siege and again for Best Collection for my book Overclocked. Thanks to everyone who voted for me! I'm in damned good company too -- if you're looking for a masterclass in contemporary sf, this would be the place to start:

SF NOVEL The Accidental Time Machine, Joe Haldeman (Ace) Brasyl, Ian McDonald (Pyr) Halting State, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK) Spook Country, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK) The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)

FANTASY NOVEL Endless Things, John Crowley (Small Beer Press; Overlook) Making Money, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; HarperCollins) Pirate Freedom, Gene Wolfe (Tor) Territory, Emma Bull (Tor) Ysabel, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc)

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Maureen McHugh's brilliant short stories as a free Creative Commons download

Cole sez, "Maureen F. McHugh's speculative fiction collection MOTHERS & OTHER MONSTERS has been released online by Small Beer Press as a free Creative Commons download."

Small Beer is knocking them out of the park with CC releases by some of science fiction's most talented, most brilliant short fiction writers. An entire Maureen McHugh collection online gratis is a watershed event.


(Thanks, Cole!)

See also: Kelly Link's gorgeous short story collection now a CC download John Kessel's wonderful short story collection "The Baum Plan" free CC download Read the rest

John Kessel's wonderful short story collection "The Baum Plan" free CC download

Gavin of Small Beer Press sez,

It's tax day in the USA and we all need cheering up. We're celebrating at Small Beer Press by publishing John Kessel's first collection of short stories in ten years, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories, as well as releasing it as a free download in a number of completely open format -- with, of course, no Digital Rights Management (DRM).

The Baum Plan is licensed under a Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license allowing readers to share the stories with friends and generally have at them in any remixing/interpretation/Web 2.0 huddly-cuddly noncommercial manner. The collection is provided in these formats: low-res PDF, HTML, RTF, and text file. We encourage any and all conversions into other formats.

Kessel's a superb writer and this is an amazing collection -- well done, Small Beer!


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Small Beer Press xmas sale: fantastic literature at fantastic prices

Small Beer press is the publisher started by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, publishers of incredibly brilliant, mind-boggling science fiction and fantasy. They're copyfighter-friendly too, with many Creative Commons releases -- and they're committed to publishing some of the best independent work in the field.

Gavin writes, "Small Beer Press is having the End of the Year Blow Out Sale. All Books Come with Meaningless 100,000-Mile Invisible Warranty! All Books Printed on Paper! Guaranteed to Be Printed with Ink! All Books Guaranteed to Be Books! And all of them cheap as chips."


(Thanks, Gavin!)

See also: Kelly Link's gorgeous short story collection now a CC download Read the rest

Interview with Kelly Link, Karen Joy Fowler and Gavin Grant

The latest installment of Rick Kleffel's Trashotron podcast is an interview with sf greats Karen Joy Fowler (whose magic realist novel about Chinese rail workers on the US frontier, Sarah Canary, still haunts me, nearly 20 years after I first read it), Kelly Link (author of the magnificent short story collections Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners) and Gavin Grant (Kelly's husband and publisher of Small Beer Press and the wonderful sf zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet).


(Thanks, Rick!)

See also: Kelly Link's "Magic for Beginners" - knockout short story collection Kelly Link's gorgeous short story collection now a CC download Kelly Link sweeps the Nebulas Kelly Link's magic story "The Girl Detective" - free audiobook Kelly Link's "Most of My Friends Are 2/3 Water" free audiobook Read the rest

Kelly Link sweeps the Nebulas

The 2005 Nebula Awards have been announced and several of my favorites were winners -- including two knockout Kelly Link stories from her collection Magic for Beginners --

Novel: Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman, (Analog, March-May 2004, also Ace book Aug. 2004)

Novella: "Magic for Beginners", by Kelly Link, (Magic for Beginners, Small Beer Press, July 2005; also in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept. 2005)

Novelette: "The Faery Handbag", by Kelly Link: (The Faery Reel: Tales From the Twilight Realm, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Eds., Viking Press, Aug. 2004)

Short Story: "I Live With You", by Carol Emshwiller, (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2005)

Script: Serenity, by Joss Whedon, (Universal Pictures, Sept. 2005) Serenity: The Official Visual Companion (Paperback, including shooting script)

Andre Norton Award: Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie, by Holly Black, (Simon & Schuster, June 2005)

You can read Magic For Beginners -- a story for anyone who's ever been passionate about media and confused about life -- here: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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Giant sale at Small Beer Press, excellent sf/f small press

Small Beer Press, which publishes wonderful science fiction and fantasy titles like Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners, is having a giant sale to raise cash to cover its printers' bills. This is a rare opportunity to get hold of some of the finest genre lit being published today while doing a solid for an amazing, ground-breaking, Creative Commons-friendly specialty press:

Get a Massive Box of Books: The Mount, Carmen Dog, Report to the Men's Club, Travel Light, Mockingbird, Perfect Circle, Trampoline: an anthology, Kalpa Imperial, Meet Me in the Moon Room · 9 good books: Only $59

Carol Emshwiller 3-for-1 Super Special: The Mount, Carmen Dog, Report to the Men's Club Don't forget to tell us which titles you'd like! 1 book: $7 2 books: $12 3 books: $15

Waldrop Package Deal: Howard Who? and Howard Waldrop Interview Readercon 7/03: Howard Waldrop interviewed by Ellen Datlow. July 2006 Howard Waldrop, Howard Who? trade paperback $19


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Cory's first novel is a Nebula finalist!

The final Nebula Award ballot is out and my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is a finalist! w00t! The awards ceremony is in Chicago on April 30th -- I'll be there with fingers crossed (check out the tough competition!)

Novels --

Paladin of Souls -- Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos, Oct03) Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom -- Cory Doctorow (Tor, Feb03) Omega -- Jack McDevitt (Ace, Nov03) Cloud Atlas : A Novel -- David Mitchell (Sceptre, Jan 2004) Perfect Circle -- Sean Stewart (Small Beer Press, Jun04) The Knight -- Gene Wolfe (Tor, Jan04)

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Cory's book on preliminary Nebula ballot!

The preliminary ballot for the Nebula Award came out yesterday, and my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is one of six novels that made the first cut. Between now and Feb 15, my colleagues in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will vote on a final ballot. It's exhilarating to have just gotten this far, but it will be truly amazing if my first novel makes the final ballot. If you're a SFWA member, I hope you'll remember the book when your preliminary ballot arrives in the mail!

Paladin of Souls -- Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos, Oct03) Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom -- Cory Doctorow (Tor, Feb03) Omega -- Jack McDevitt (Ace, Nov03) Perfect Circle -- Sean Stewart (Small Beer Press, Jun04) Conquistador -- S.M. Stirling (Roc, Feb04) The Knight -- Gene Wolfe (Tor, Jan04)

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Punk Vaudeville show goes back on the road

My pal Jim Munroe is taking his punk performance Vaudeville show back on the road with a seven city US/Canada tour that includes Gavin Grant, co-publisher of Small Beer press and all-round swell guy, sign language poet Liisa Ladouceur and "off-kilter ranter" Geoffrey H. Goodwin -- with a "movie shot on location in Antarctica shown between the acts."

If you're in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, NYC, Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Chicago be sure to catch 'em!


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