Pimping Cherie Priest and Clarkesworld Magazine

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of Cherie Priest, both as a human (she’s everything you could want in a carbon-based lifeform — and more!) and as a writer. Cherie’s next novel Wings to the Kingdom will be out in just a couple of weeks, and you’re going to love it. But if you’re like me, you have impulse control issues, and the thought of waiting a couple of weeks for new writing is just so very not on your agenda.

You’re in luck — the industrious Ms. Priest has also been working on a collection of novellas, called Dreadful Skin, which will be published by Subterranean Press. Dreadful Skin will be available in February — BUT Subterranean is doing something really cool as well: Serializing the first novella, “The Wreck of the Mary Byrd” on the Subterranean Press website through the month of October. The first chapter went up today. More chapters are coming, cliffhanger style, as the month goes along.

If you’re already a Cherie Priest fan, this is a way to stop twitching and spasming until Wings hits on the 17th, and the rest of Dreadful Skin shows up in February. If you’re not yet a Cherie Priest fan, here’s a chance to get the taste that will make you one. I think you’ll like her stuff as much as I do.

Today also marks the debut of Clarkesworld Magazine, the new science fiction/fantasy magazine edited by Nick Mamatas and published by Neil Clarke, of Clarkesworld Books, the online SF/F/H bookstore. The magazine as I understand it spotlights two stories per issue, one from a well-known author and one from the submissions pile (so if you’re looking for a new market, here you go, although I really suggest you pay close attention to the submission guidelines). The debut issue features a story from Sarah Monette, who I adore and who was a member of my Campbell nomination class, and the story, “A Light in Troy,” is lovely. So already Clarkesworld is on my good side.

The online version is free to read; for collectors Clarkesworld will also be publishing the magazine in a small-number chapbook printing. You’ll want to snag those before they’re all gone.

All this good, free reading! Man, I like October already, and it’s hardly past noon.

Having performed two significant acts of pimpage, I hereby declare this comment thread an open pimp thread: If you or someone you like/love/owe money to have something to pimp, then pimp, baby, pimp. This thread is all about the sharing.

38 thoughts on “Pimping Cherie Priest and Clarkesworld Magazine

  1. Well, speaking of good reading, I just thought I’d step in and let everyone know that I’ve now read the extended fart joke that is Chapter One of The Android’s Dream. In fact, I’ve moved all the way on to Chapter 3…

    Love and kisses,

    Neil
    Winner of the ARC

    p.s. BWA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

  2. Well, speaking of good reading, I just thought I’d step in and let everyone know that I’ve now read the extended fart joke that is Chapter One of The Android’s Dream. In fact, I’ve moved all the way on to Chapter 3…

    Love and kisses,

    Neil
    Winner of the ARC

    p.s. BWA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

  3. Cherie

    Just read chapter 1 of Mary Byrd. Looking forward to getting the rest of it.

    I’ve finished snarfing down Scalzi’s available novels and I’ve started working through Elizabeth Bears output.

    Its great to get a free taste on line, ’cause I’m always looking for the next brain to sample.

    Yours is sounding tasty.

    (I know that came out awful creepy, but I got on a roll and went with it, LOL)

  4. Okay, if you’re going to let us do some shameless promotion, I’ll take advantage of your generosity. First, I have a couple of novels that I would like to recommend: CARPE DEMON and CALIFORNIA DEMON, both by Julie Kenner. They’re “the adventures of a demon-hunting soccer mom.”

    Second, I would like to recommend HEINLEIN’S CHILDREN by Joseph T. Major. It’s a collection of essays that Joe has written over the years on Heinlein’s juveniles.

  5. Okay, if you’re going to let us do some shameless promotion, I’ll take advantage of your generosity. First, I have a couple of novels that I would like to recommend: CARPE DEMON and CALIFORNIA DEMON, both by Julie Kenner. They’re “the adventures of a demon-hunting soccer mom.”

    Second, I would like to recommend HEINLEIN’S CHILDREN by Joseph T. Major. It’s a collection of essays that Joe has written over the years on Heinlein’s juveniles.

  6. Call me many things, but not “missed a self-pimp on Scalzi’s blog.”

    So, I’d like to pimp my science fiction novel The Mars Run. It’s been getting generally good reviews. All the particulars, including reviews, where to buy (Amazon link) and the full text are available by clicking my name. Here’s an excerpt:

    “I remember watching my lover die. If my plan fails, I may get to join him. I’m not sure what I’m hoping for more – success or failure.”

  7. Call me many things, but not “missed a self-pimp on Scalzi’s blog.”

    So, I’d like to pimp my science fiction novel The Mars Run. It’s been getting generally good reviews. All the particulars, including reviews, where to buy (Amazon link) and the full text are available by clicking my name. Here’s an excerpt:

    “I remember watching my lover die. If my plan fails, I may get to join him. I’m not sure what I’m hoping for more – success or failure.”

  8. I’d like to step up with a little bit of self-pimp here, too. My artist’s collective (read: drinking buddies) has acquired an archive printer, and we’re going live with prints of our paintings and photos for sale.

    We are ApolloNova, and our website is at http://www.apollonova.com. Marc Moss recently joined us, and brings the number of artists up to seven. My artwork is here.

    We have many talented artists, and I hope people will look over the website. We just got our printer, but the website should be updated to reflect our ability to sell prints any day now. If you see anything you like, sign up for our mailing list, and we’ll let you know when prints are available.

    Thanks for the chance to pimp, John.

    K

  9. Pimping my own work: My memoir “All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: an American Misfit in India,”
    about growing up with crazy hippies in an Indian ashram devoted to the guru Meher Baba (most famous for his association with Pete Townsend, but also for not speaking for 44 years) just came out in trade paperback. You can sample the first chapter on my website:

    http://www.rachelmanijabrown.com/roost.html

    Pimping others: Now would be a good time to read a book by John M. Ford, the brilliant and witty author who died last week, suddenly and young. I have notes on some of his books here: http://rachelmanija.livejournal.com/377903.html

    Finally, Vienna Teng, my favorite musical discovery of the last few years, has a new album out.

    PS. Hi, John! I was hanging out with Doselle Young at Worldcon. You signed a copy of “Old Man’s War” to me. A few days later, I became famous for fifteen minutes because I had blogged about my own encounter with someone who failed to keep his hands to himself, shortly before the news about a much worse grabby incident by the same person hit the internet. On a happier note, “Old Man’s War” is wonderfully page-turny.

  10. Just starting Charles DeLint’s “Widdershins”, so far it’s pretty good. The backstory is a bit hefty in points (continuing characters from his short stories and other novels), and some of the sentence contructions through me for a loop, but it still feels like it’s going to be a good ride. In the first 70 pages he’s already shown a couple of cans of whoop-arse, only opened one part way. Sort of like going to the Dayton Airshow and seeing the missle systems (powered-down but) up close and thinking, “that’s going to leave a mark.”

  11. Pimping the fabulous new YA book by Ellen Klages-The Green Glass Sea-about 2 girsl growing up in the shadow of the Manhattan Project. Spiffy reading goodness!

  12. two bits of pimpery:

    first, to reiterate that you shouldn’t miss MaryAnn Johanson’s hilarious and intelligent, “The Totally Geeky Guide to the Princess Bride”(available at Amazon)

    and my own two very modest works: what *i* consider to be an s/f story called “Sitting at the Gate of the Temple” in an anthology called “Watching Time” (available on Amazon) and my longish short story “All of Me” (a tale of love, suspense and medical procedures) available for download at Forbidden Press.

    shameless self promotion has ended now. thank you.

    that is all.

  13. Ooo! John, you are too sweet. :)

    I’ve got some self and related pimpery: my book of short stories and poetry The Wishing Coin is now out and available as is my husband’s first book of short stories, The Messy Divorce of Faith & Belief. You can get ’em both from Amazon or through special order at your bookstore.

    And Cherie Priest just rocks. I love her stuff.

  14. Ooo! John, you are too sweet. :)

    I’ve got some self and related pimpery: my book of short stories and poetry The Wishing Coin is now out and available as is my husband’s first book of short stories, The Messy Divorce of Faith & Belief. You can get ’em both from Amazon or through special order at your bookstore.

    And Cherie Priest just rocks. I love her stuff.

  15. Sooooo…

    I got “Agent to the Stars” from the library, (would have bought it, but I don’t *need* anything else), and it was a signed copy from the man himself. I’m having a moral delimma, should I return the book or say I lost it and pay for a replacement…help.

  16. Dude, stealing from the library is totally wrong, and they won’t be able to find a replacement because it’s sold out. Take it back after you’ve read it.

  17. Dude, stealing from the library is totally wrong, and they won’t be able to find a replacement because it’s sold out. Take it back after you’ve read it.

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