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October 01, 2006

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.

Posted by john at October 1, 2006 12:27 PM

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Jenny Rae Rappaport | October 1, 2006 01:58 PM

Because I adore dogs, I'm going to pimp JJA's new baby... click to see how cute Gully Foyle is! =)

cherie priest | October 1, 2006 02:12 PM

I ... I love you, you know.
I'm just sayin'.


Janiece | October 1, 2006 02:12 PM

Speaking of pooches of extraordinary cuteness, behold Boogie the Giant Schnauzer.

We're off to PetCo, as "The Magic Cupboard" is almost bare.

Janiece | October 1, 2006 02:13 PM

My link apparently didn't work...but Boogie may be beheld from my home page in Portfolios.

Jenny Rae Rappaport | October 1, 2006 02:15 PM

Boogie's cute, Janiece! I envy you... you have bookcases and I am currently bookcase-less.

That Neil Guy | October 1, 2006 02:15 PM

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,

Winner of the ARC

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

Nathan | October 1, 2006 02:36 PM

Hey, let's all go over to Neil's house and kick his ass.

I'm just sayin'

John Scalzi | October 1, 2006 02:42 PM

Nathan! Think of the children!

Neil Clarke | October 1, 2006 02:47 PM

Thanks for spreading the word!

Nathan | October 1, 2006 02:53 PM


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)

Cassie | October 1, 2006 03:30 PM

Subterranean Press catagorically rejects puns?

Forget it.

Cassie | October 1, 2006 03:33 PM

My mistake: Clarkesworld rejects puns.


Johnny Carruthers | October 1, 2006 03:33 PM

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.

Nathan | October 1, 2006 03:39 PM

I'll second Johnny's vote for CARPE DEMON. You'll enjoy.

Chris Gerrib | October 1, 2006 03:56 PM

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."

Kevin Q | October 1, 2006 04:59 PM

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 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.


Rachel Brown | October 1, 2006 09:08 PM

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:


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.

Steve Buchheit | October 1, 2006 09:24 PM

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."

Simon Haynes | October 1, 2006 10:32 PM

My related pimpage: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 25 is out.

Oh, and the cover for the third title in my Hal Spacejock series is rather cool. The first book has sold out and the second printing will also have a new Dion Hamill cover.

Mark DF | October 1, 2006 10:41 PM


I've never seen a Giant Schnauzer. Are you sure you don't just have small furniture?

Nina A | October 2, 2006 01:39 AM

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!

Mary Robinette Kowal | October 2, 2006 01:52 AM

Self-pimpery: I just posted the latest installment in my reading aloud series. It's a how-to on doing readings and recording audio fiction. This one is about things that go wrong.

Francis | October 2, 2006 05:55 AM

Jim Baen's universe issue 3 is out!!!

b. lynch black | October 2, 2006 02:52 PM

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.

Angela Hunt | October 2, 2006 02:56 PM

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.

mensley | October 2, 2006 03:15 PM

Thank you for the cool book pimpage. I'll be looking for them.

I wanted a t-shirt with the old rocket and atom design that libraries used to mark sci-fi books, so I designed one myself.

Tobias | October 2, 2006 05:16 PM


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.

John Scalzi | October 2, 2006 05:34 PM

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.

Mark DF | October 3, 2006 01:22 AM

Okay, self-pimpage: My first novel Unshapely Things will be published by Ace Books in February 2007. It's an urban fantasy mystery set in Boston. Check me out at www.markdelfranco.com!. I'll have an Amazon link up in a day or two.

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