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Current Genre for October 2011 - Different

Oddball.
Outcast.
Deviant.
Freak.

Prodigy.
Genius.
Savant.
Unique.

Counter-culture.
Minority.
Endangered.
Geek.

For the oversized issue to close out our third year, show us how being different makes a difference. Explore what it means to be different: who and what decides or defines our differences, and why? What sets us apart and how can differences bring us together?

Submissions for Issue 36 will be accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on October 31.
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We’re thrilled to bring you CG’s 34th issue, with 5 disturbing tales of monsters – not all of whom are what you’d expect. The stories are free to read on the website:

The Fire by Timothy T. Murphy

Inhuman Resources by William Gerke

Waiting in the Light in the Hungry Months by Megan Engelhardt

Skin and Scales by Rachel Bender

Monsters Monsters Everywhere by Carrie Cuinn

Please read, enjoy, and let the authors know what you think with a comment!

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The Current Genre for Issue # 35 (to be released November 1, 2011) is

Dark Comedy

Dark Comedy

Sometimes humor is the only way to deal with pain. Poke fun at Death – he hates that. Give the Gods hell. It’s fun to be morbid, it’s a relief to satirize. Show your acerbic best, and do it with a spring in your step. Give your sense of humor teeth – and let them bite something in the ass.

Submissions for Issue 35 will be accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on September 30.
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We’re thrilled to bring you CG’s 33rd issue, with 5 chances for the Villains to tell their side of the tale! The stories are free to read on the website:

The Fire in Your Sky by Ibi Zoboi

Baba Yaga Knows All, Sees All by Sarah A. Drew

Just Lucky, I Guess by Tom Dillon

Sing For Me by Ben O’Neill

Just Passing Through by Stoney M. Setzer

Please read, enjoy, and let the authors know what you think with a comment!

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Current Genre (August 2011):
Monsters

Monsters!

Sometimes a monster isn’t lurking in the closet or under the bed. Sometimes it’s right in front of us. Or inside us. What appears monstrous is often harmless, and what seems benign is sometimes terrifying. Take nothing for granted.

Submissions for Issue 34 will be accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on August 31.
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Crossed Genres Co-publisher Bart Leib has posted a short video in which he says he’ll answer questions related to publishing and small press, via his vlog.

Go here to watch the video and ask a question!

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The current genre is Sidekicks and Minions!

We know them as mistreated, unappreciated. Used as cannon fodder, or subjects of experiments, or to draw fire away from heroes & heroines. But how many Dr. Frankensteins would have failed without their Igors? Would Xena be Xena without Gabrielle? Show us why sidekicks & minions are crucial to the stories of heroes & villains – or deserving of their own tales.

Submissions for Issue 32 will be accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on June 31.

(Note: The current genre is also always listed in the sticky post on this community.)




The 2nd Science In My Fiction contest is now open for submissions!

Remember: All submissions must be set off Earth!

More details at the link above, or over at [community profile] sciinmyfi.
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There are so many things going on in the CGP world, we decided a newsletter was in order!

1. CROSSED GENRES #30: LUCK RELEASED
2. CG MAGAZINE RE-OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS
3. CGP TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH EBOOK RETAILERS
4. SCIENCE IN MY FICTION CONTEST 2011: OFFWORLD
5. READERCON


CROSSED GENRES #30: LUCK RELEASED

CG Magazine’s 30th issue is out! There are 5 remarkable stories of LUCK to read for free on the website:

How the Goddess Came to Spring Flowering Valley by Andrew Penn Romine
Little Magic by Tom Howard
Luck Be a Lady by Amy Sundberg
Paid by DeAnna Knippling
I Can’t Imagine by Sandra Wickham

Please read, enjoy, and let the authors know what you think with a comment!


CG MAGAZINE RE-OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS

We are once again open to submissions to the monthly magazine!

The May theme is Heroes & Heroines! Please read the submission guidelines here.


CGP TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH EBOOK RETAILERS

Titles from Crossed Genres Publications from now on will be available via all the major online ebook retailers!

Our 4 current major titles:

A Festival of Skeletons by RJ Astruc
Crossed Genres Quarterly 1
Crossed Genres Year One
Crossed Genres Year Two

…are now all available from Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble PubIt and Apple iBookstore, and will soon be available from Sony, Kobo and more!

All future titles, including Crossed Genres Quarterly 2 (Release: 6/1/11) and Kelly Jennings’ Broken Slate (Release: 7/15/11), will be available through the same channels.

For more information about our titles & distribution please visit our catalog.


SCIENCE IN MY FICTION CONTEST 2011: OFFWORLD

The Science in My Fiction blog has officially announced the 2nd annual short story contest! Short stories between 2,000-6,000 words will be considered by our judges panel:

Tobias Buckell – Author (NYT Bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol)
Liz Gorinsky – Hugo-nominated editor, Tor Books & Tor.com
Cameron McClure – Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Joan Slonczewski – Campbell Award-winning author; Professor of Biology
Lavie Tidhar – Author (The Bookman, Camera Obscura)

The winning story will be paid professional rates (5 cents per word) for the story to be published in the 2011 Science in My Fiction anthology! Prizes for 2nd and 3rd places too!

This year there’s an additional twist: All stories must be set off Earth! Please read the submission guidelines for more details. Submissions will be accepted from June 1 through August 31.


READERCON

Speaking of Crossed Genres Quarterly 2 and Broken Slate: Both will be available at ReaderCon, where CGP will have a table in the Bookshop! ReaderCon will see the official release of Broken Slate in print and ebook!


We have so much more coming over the next several months, but we’re not quite ready to announce any of it! Expect more excitement in the near future!

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We’re very pleased to bring you CG’s 30th issue! There are 5 remarkable stories of LUCK to read for free on the website:

How the Goddess Came to Spring Flowering Valley by Andrew Penn Romine

Little Magic by Tom Howard

Luck Be a Lady by Amy Sundberg

Paid by DeAnna Knippling

I Can’t Imagine by Sandra Wickham

Please read, enjoy, and let the authors know what you think with a comment!

(Also of note: CG has now reopened for submissions. Current genre: Heroes/Heroines.)

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That’s right, after a long break, Crossed Genres Publications is once again OPEN to novel submissions!

We’re looking for completed speculative fiction manuscripts of 50,000-100,000 words. Advances and royalties for accepted titles, to be published in print and ebook formats.

Please visit the novel submissions page for more details. Send us your best, brightest and most challenging novels! (We especially want to see novels with under-represented groups as MCs.)

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The Mystery issue of Crossed Genres is live with new fiction!

In the House of the Brelsh
by Barbara Krasnoff

Soul of the City
by Jamie Mason

The Body and the Bomb
by John P. Murphy

Down There
by Aaron Polson

The Peculiar People
by Erik T. Johnson

Enjoy, and please leave a comment or two telling the authors what you thought of their work!

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No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. Really!

We’ve decided to make a small adjustment to Crossed Genres Magazine’s schedule. Crossed Genres is closed for submissions for the month of April. Submissions will re-open on May 1. Genres for the rest of the year are now posted on the Current Genre page. The next 3 upcoming genres will be: Heroes/Heroines, Sidekicks/Minions, and Villains.

This is something we’ve been thinking about for some time. CGM’s publishing year has always been one month off from the calendar year, with the final issue of a year of the zine being published in November. This adjustment will shift that year’s final issue to December, aligning CGM’s schedule with the calendar year.

This will also serve to give us our first break from submissions in over 2 1/2 years! And give our slush readers a well-deserved respite.

Issue #29 (Mystery) will be released within the next couple of days, and Issue #30 (Luck) will be released on May 1. There will be no issue released in June (*gasp!*), but the second Quarterly will be released June 1! Then our releases will resume their regular monthly schedule on July 1.

We apologize for the abruptness of this change – it took us by surprise too, in all honesty. But it’s a welcome alteration that will help us run CG more smoothly. Thanks for being patient!

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It had been an ice storm, followed by a thaw and a freeze. Deja set him to clear the gutters, miserable, useless work, since he had to pry ice off grime and stone, and since the weather link said another thaw was due the next day. Martin didn’t mind. It kept him out of the house, away from Deja and his temper. Also, apart from the cold and the wet, it was far from the worst job he had been handed that month. It was late afternoon and he had reached the gutters behind the house, in the alley, when the day abruptly got worse.

He heard the gate open. He was digging at a stubborn chunk of ice and didn’t look up at once. Someone was coming toward him, though. He straightened off the spade. Deja, and another man. Martin wasn’t certain if this was a holder at first. He wore cheap clothing – not contract clothing, but cheap – and his hair was badly cut. He studied Martin with contempt. “Doesn’t look like much.”

Deja laughed. “Did I say he was?”

Martin felt a trickle of fear go through his belly. He gave Deja a quick glance. Deja had been waiting for it, he saw. Martin looked at the ground. Fuck, he thought.

“Come on, you,” the other man said. “Martin?”

“Martin,” Deja agreed cheerily. “He’s stubborn and stupid. You’re going to need to use the stick if you want him to listen.”

“Move, you,” the man said.

Martin put the shovel against the alley wall and followed him. No time to speak to Pia. No time to get a message to Harper. No time for anything.

Chapter 16 and the epilogue of Kelly Jennings’ novel Broken Slate is now on the website! The dramatic conclusion is finally here!

This tense, invigorating novel shows the origin of Martin Eduardo, a “contract” who must battle not only societal discrimination and oppression, but also the indoctrinated restrictions within his own heart and mind. Broken Slate has now been serialized in its entirety online for free.

Crossed Genres Publications will be publishing Broken Slate in print and ebook in July 2011.

Go here to read the conclusion! Or you can start at the beginning.

Read a short story about Martin Eduardo, published in issue 13 of Crossed Genres: Lunch Money.

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We’re very thrilled to announce that Sandra McDonald’s wonderful story “Drag Queen Astronaut” was selected for the Honor List for the 2010 James Tiptree Jr. Award! “Drag Queen Astronaut” appeared in Crossed Genres’ Character of Color issue (Issue #24).

["Drag Queen Astronaut" is] a wonderful exploration (and ultimately an affirmation) of a gender presentation that tends to be ignored or ridiculed.

The winner was Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugresic. The announcement & Honor List are both posted on the Tiptree website.

Congratulations to Sandra, and to the winner and all the Honor List authors!

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Author Mike Griffiths has reviewed Crossed Genres Year Two for Innsmouth Free Press. It’s a very positive review:

“These are excellent and entertaining stories. All are well-written and could even be a guide for aspiring authors who are wondering what sort of stories could help get them published in contemporary speculative magazines. The folks at Crossed Genres tend to focus on powerful writing. Often, the mood takes over the story itself and is driven home by the prose.”

Griffiths touches briefly on each story in the anthology. It’s a good review! Go here to read the entire review.

(And for those interested, the ebook of Crossed Genres Year Two is half its original price now: only $1.99!)

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Effective immediately, Crossed Genres Publications is lowering the price on its ebooks! All titles have been affected. Price drops range from 25% to 50%. Prices now start at $0.99, and go no higher than $2.99.

All ebooks sold through the CGP website are still bundles with 7 DRM-free formats: EPUB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PDF and PRC.

Please visit the CGP store to see the new pricing. And please support CGP by picking up a (now less expensive but still just as awesome) ebook!

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by T.S. Brookhouse

I met Patrick Rothfuss at Daisho Con last November. He was very approachable; while some of the other guests were happy to do their panels and return to their rooms, Pat lingered. When my friend Chris asked him to join our group for dinner at Perkin’s, he accepted. Later, he and I sat in the Ramada’s lobby and shot the breeze for a couple hours.

Mr. Rothfuss leads a busy life, especially so over the last few months – as his blog will attest. He has been very busy with writing, a charity project (all proceeds going to Heifer International), preparing for a signing tour, and caring for his family. In the midst of all this, he found a little time to let me impose on his schedule just to hang out and chat over tea.

In one of our early conversations, Pat mused on writing high fantasy. Without quoting directly, the effect of what he said was this: high fantasy is two or three generations down from Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings, which set a standard that has been imitated ever since. One of Rothfuss’s goals in writing The Kingkiller Chronicles was to deviate from that, and one of the key areas was how money is dealt with in the story. Tolkien never mentions money because, as a member of the upper class, discussing money was tacky. In The Name of The Wind, money is a huge factor in the story, and has critical effects on the plot.

With attention to detail like this, how could I not want to pick this man’s brain?

On my last visit, I mentioned my lovely CG editor had asked if he’d be willing to do a short interview.

Pat agreed.

Here are the results.

1) In any series, each book has a certain ‘feel’ to its story — either a shift in theme for each book, or a shift in focus for that arc of the story. How would you describe the difference in feel between The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear?

The first book was the story of a young boy. The second book is the story of a young man. There’s a big difference between the two. In Name of the Wind, Kvothe was mostly trying to survive. In The Wise Man’s Fear, he’s more in control of his life, that means the story can focus more on exploration and discovery.

Another big difference is in the scope of the story. You see more of the world. You experience more of the culture. There’s more action. More sex. More violence.

2) In which ways have the events of your life shaped The Kingkiller Chronicles?

Care to narrow that down a bit? That’s sort of like saying, “So, you’re a man. How has that influenced your life?”

2a) Are there specific experiences in your life which are reflected in the story of The Kingkiller Chronicles?

Specific experiences? No. I’ve read books that do that sort of thing, and they’re usually awful. Stories where the author is obviously working out some of their personal issues rarely turn out well in my opinion.

Now the truth is, writing is a great way to deal with a lot of difficult emotional issues. It can be very therapeutic, but that’s best done in your journal, or on your blog if you’re an exhibitionist. Trying to put a bunch of *specific* stuff from your personal life into your story usually just isn’t appropriate unless you’re writing a memoir or a personal essay or something of the sort.

But do I use *general* experiences from my own life? Of course. That’s what being a writer is all about. It’s easier to write about heartbreak after you’ve had your heart broken. You have more material to draw from, you can extrapolate from your own experiences and make reasonable assumptions about how your characters would feel and act.

The key here is the extrapolation. If a girl named Jenny broke your heart and slept with your best friend, you shouldn’t try to map that experience directly into your story. You don’t want your main character to meet a girl named Genny who sleeps with his best friend. Odds are, you’re too emotionally tied up in that experience to do a good job integrating it into the story. Eight times of ten it will end up feeling maudlin and self-pitying. Or worse, the author will turn it into a revenge fantasy. Neither of those is good for the story.

Instead, you want to take what you know about the emotions involved, and use that to enrich your story. You want to incorporate the general experiences in your life, because those are appealing to a wide audience. Everyone knows about heartbreak. But the specific experiences you have are generally only appealing to you.

Again. I’m talking about fiction here. Not memoir.

3) When you sit down to write something new, do you have a method for dealing with a Blank Page?

I just had to come to grips with this two days ago when I sat down to write the introduction for the new Penny Arcade book. They wanted something between 1500-2000 words. That’s nothing to me. I can write that much before breakfast. I thought it would be easy…

But it wasn’t. I’m new to writing introductions, so I really didn’t know where to start. I put it off for a while. But that’s not a coping mechanism. That’s avoidance.

Eventually I went in and flailed around. I made a total mess of it. I wrote one beginning that didn’t work. Abandoned it. Then I wrote another beginning and it worked okay. It opened the door for me and I wrote a pretty good 1300 words.

The next day I went back in, deleted some stuff, fixed a few problems, and put a whole different beginning on the piece.

The secret is this. You don’t have to get it right the first time. Odds are you won’t get it right the first time. But that doesn’t matter. What you need to do is start writing so you can get your fuck-ups out of the way and get on to the good writing.

4) You have mentioned at con panels that writers block is a myth. Where does the myth stem from, and how does it surface in your own writing habits?

The myth stems from the belief that writing is some mystical process. That it’s magical. That it abides by its own set of rules different from all other forms of work, art, or play.

But that’s bullshit. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block. Teachers don’t get teacher’s block. Soccer players don’t get soccer block. What makes writing different?

Nothing. The only difference is that writers feel they have a free pass to give up when writing is hard.

As for the second part of your question, asking how it surfaces in my writing habits is like saying. “So, you’ve said that Bigfoot doesn’t exist…. When’s the last time you saw him?”

When writing is hard, I grit my teeth and I do it anyway. Because it’s my job.

Or sometimes I don’t. Sometimes its hard and I quit and go home and play video games.

But let’s be clear. When that happens, it’s not because I’ve lost some mystical connection with my muse. It’s because I’m being a slacker. There’s nothing magical about that.

5) What are some examples of things you’ve put into (or left out of) The Kingkiller Chronicles to set it apart from the rest of the high fantasy genre?

Before I started writing, I made a list of all the things that I was really tired of seeing in fantasy novels. I wish I still had that list.

Let me see if I can remember what was on it…

Long bouts of tedious description/narration.

An evil wizard who is trying to enslave everyone or destroy the world.

Gods who are obviously just versions of Greek/Egyptian gods with their names changed.

The hero who is chosen by destiny to fulfill the prophecy because he is the one with the destiny foretold by prophecy.

The revenge-driven hero.

The reluctant hero.

Any character endlessly agonizing over some event in their past.

A villain who is supposed to be threatening, but who just flails ineffectually at the hero.

A villain who just taunts the hero endlessly but never does anything.

Elf with a bow. Dwarf with an axe.

Goblin Army.

“Good” and “Evil”

The list goes on and on….

6) You begin a signing tour in March to promote The Wise Man’s Fear.  What are you most looking forward to about this adventure?

I always enjoy meeting my readers. For me, that’s one of the best parts of being a writer. So much of the writing process is solitary, it’s almost isolationist. I spend months, years even, alone in a quiet room trying to get everything in the book just perfect. Some days I might not speak more than a couple sentences to another human being. That’s hard if you’re a social person.

When I do readings and signings it’s a different experience entirely. I get to talk with people, answer their questions, and generally just hang out and have a good time. At that point, I’ve done all the hard work, and I’m doing the equivalent of showing off my baby to people.

That said, I know some authors who aren’t comfortable in that setting. But I have a strong social element in my personality, and I enjoy public speaking. I was a teacher for a long time. I did improv comedy back in the day. That makes these public appearances a lot of fun for me. I think they’re fun for the fans, too.

7) Do you have any writing advice for aspiring authors?

The best advice is the simplest: Write.

The more you write, the more you’ll develop your craft. Nothing teaches more than experience.

Everyone gives that advice though. I’d like to add something to it: Think.

Just writing, just putting words down one after another…. It isn’t enough. You need to actually think about what you’re doing. You need to analyze your process. You need to look hard at the books you love and figure out why they work. How they work.

If you think your stuff is always brilliant, that’s a big problem. If you think your stuff always sucks, that’s no good either. You need achieve critical objectivity when evaluating your work. You need to be able to point at a part of your story and say, “This isn’t working right” then you need to try and figure out why….

Oh, and if I were you, I’d pick up one of those uninterruptible power supplies for your computer. Nothing sucks more than having an amazing six-hour writing jag, then having the power in your neighborhood flicker and your computer crashes.

You can get one for 80 bucks at Best Buy. Totally worth it.

Patrick’s Books can be found at Powell’s Books or at Amazon

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The next morning, he couldn’t get up. Every muscle had seized, locked stiff with pain, and he burned with fever. He knew the fever was partly from the ‘tropes, which ran him on overdrive when they kicked into repair mode. He knew it meant he was healing. That knowledge didn’t make the pain any easier to bear.

Kistur, dressing, came to stand over his bunk. Martin shut his eyes. “Ought get up,” Kistur advised.

Martin didn’t answer. He felt awful. Kistur grunted and went upstairs.

Later in the morning, Pia fetched him some beef tea, which Martin was too queasy to eat, despite the furious hunger the nanotropes were rousing in him. When Pia tried to argue, Martin swore at him until he went away.

Shortly after that Kistur came down again. “Get up.”

Martin was lying as still as he could. “Fuck off.”

Kistur said, “You need to move.” Martin opened his eyes. “Once you start, ain’t be bad.”

“What are you, high?”

Kistur ignored this, ignored his whining, dragged him to his feet and into the scrub, where he stripped off Martin’s clothes and got him in a warm shower. He soaped up a cloth and scrubbed him down, all as professionally as though Martin had been a sorrel yearling, and not someone’s boy. Which Martin wished he was, by that point.

Chapter 14 of Kelly Jennings’ novel Broken Slate is now on the website! We’re fast approaching the conclusion, which should be posted on March 22!

This tense, invigorating novel shows the origin of Martin Eduardo, a “contract” who must battle not only societal discrimination and oppression, but also the indoctrinated restrictions within his own heart and mind. Broken Slate is being serialized online for free. It updates every other Tuesday.

Go here to read the new chapter! Or you can start at the beginning.

Read a short story about Martin Eduardo, published in issue 13 of Crossed Genres: Lunch Money.

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Crossed Genres just completed its first-ever convention as dealers: We had a table in the Hucksters Room at Boskone.

Our overall experience was a good one; while we didn’t make much money, we did okay, met and re-met some great people, and had fun.

There’s one thing in particular that we thought was worth noting about our experience, and that’s that CG had one thing in the dealer’s room no one else had: Ebooks.

Now, several of the other publishers at the con do sell ebook editions of their publications. But apparently, none of them thought to bring that format to a convention. Crossed Genres was the ONLY dealer in the entire Hucksters Room that was prepared to sell ebooks to customers, on the spot, so they could start reading immediately on their smartphone, tablet or laptop. It was easy to set up: we just pre-arranged some emails with attachments, emailed them to ourselves, and whenever someone bought one, we forwarded it to them. Simple, right? We were the only ones doing it.

We also were offering a deal at the convention: Every ebook we had available for $20. That’s 9 monthly issues, the new Quarterly #1, CG Year One, CG Year Two, and RJ Astruc’s novel A Festival of Skeletons – over 450,000 words bundled together. It’s a good deal, over 35% off the books’ regular ebook prices.

The quasi-prominent marketing of our ebooks, plus the special deal we were offering, resulted in something we hadn’t really expected: 45% of the total revenue we took in at Boskone was from ebooks.

That is, frankly, astounding to us – that’s a significantly higher percentage than our usual ebook sales (though the special probably accounts for that difference). But the fact that we were able to sell such a significant percentage of ebooks, in person at a convention, tells me that there’s a big opening for this – just as with non-direct book sales, there is room for ebook sales alongside the traditional print sales even at conventions. In fact, a few of the other dealers there commented that they’d noticed how well our ebooks had sold and gotten attention, and admitted that they were thinking about following our lead at future conventions. One or two even asked for details of how we’d arranged the sales, which we were happy to provide.

So if you’re an avid ebook fan, keep your eyes open for ebook deals at conventions. And if your favorite publishers don’t have ebooks ready-to-sell at their table… ask them why!

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 He took the dragon to a pub on Lamb’s Conduit Street, where the dragon would not meet anyone the mayor knew. Everyone knew what the dragon’s visit was for, and while the mayor could think of several people he would like to have removed to another dimension, a dragon seemed too blunt and indiscriminate a tool to do it with. -Zen Cho, Prudence and the Dragon

The first Quarterly issue of Crossed Genres released on Friday. Officially, it released at Boskone, under the tender care of its publishers, Kay Holt and Bart Leib. Sadly, I’m told that no rockets, ballistae, rubber bands or other implements of actual high-rate acceleration were employed. Worry not, I’ve already made some calls about next time.

While Natania Barron and I have actually released three issues (with a fourth just around the corner), this marks the transition to a new way of business.

As with any project, there have been challenges. Handing over something as complicated as a magazine without even a single break in the schedule is no easy task. Add to that format changes, new contracts and the usual knots and snarls of re-aligning the stars for more auspicious results, and yes, we’ve stumbled a few times. That just makes me all the more proud of what we’ve got here.

They say that China is cultured, but not civilized, and America is just the opposite. -Ken Liu and Shelly Li, Saving Face

I couldn’t be more proud of the stories in this issue. There’s a depth here that I never expected to find. That’s the joy of a magazine like this. We’re not limited to just horror or fantasy or elves riding unicorns to fight the Dark One ™. We get to play with all the cool toys. A dragon in London. A meeting of prejudice and pride between two cultures with similar goals, betrayal and sacrifice. Sword and Sorcery, modern horror, Bizarro, alternative pasts leading to terrible futures.

Besides the fiction that’s been posted online in the monthly issues, there are three new stories in here, exclusive to the Quarterly. There’s also an interview with Maurice Broaddus, and a short, brutal nonfiction piece from Gabrijel Savic Ra, about a very real tragedy. The quotes in this blog post are from stories found in the Quarterly.

 “Well…” Hethen shrugged. “How’s a messenger’s name going to last more than two generations, anyway? No one remembers messengers. Only the message.” -Therese Arkenberg, The Halcyon in Flight

I’m a firm believer in lines and edges and borders. As we’ve stated many a time, we want fiction that goes beyond that circle of light in the center of the room. Beyond the ring of shadows. Beyond the encroaching darkness. We want fiction that dangles its feet over the edge of the world and asks ‘but what’s down there?’

Hopefully we’ve succeeded.

-Jaym Gates
Crossed Genres Editor

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