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A sneak peek at Molly Crabapple's awesome cover to the Weird Tales steampunk issue, which will be available for order in a few weeks, and wherein you'll find an unforgettable novella by Lisa Mantchev & James Grant, fiction by Jay Lake and Kurt Kirchmeier, features on recent kickass books like Boneshaker and The Brothers Grossbart, and a lot more!

In April we'll be throwing a party at Norwescon, the Seattle-area science fiction convention, and in May we'll be hosting the "Library of Lost Literature" at the Steampunk World's Fair in New Jersey...

Stephen H. Segal
...we won a Hugo for Weird Tales.

A few additional thoughts:

1. We thanked a lot of people onstage, but in the rush to finish, we didn't manage to thank one very, very important, albeit long-deceased, group: Jacob Clark Henneberger and Farnsworth Wright and H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard and Margaret Brundage and Virgil Finlay and Clark Ashton Smith and Catherine E. Moore and all the other members of Weird Tales's golden age who did the heavy lifting for this award seventy-five years ago, before the Hugos existed. O spirits of the great ones, we are humbled to be taking home your trophy.

2. Rarely have I met a more charming and thoughtful individual than Locus's new editor Liza Groen Trombi, whose sincere, heartfelt congratulations absolutely made my day.

3. Ann VanderMeer has, over the past two decades — quietly, unassumingly — become one of the most brilliant editors in speculative fiction. To see her suddenly win the Hugo Award the same week she was named a World Fantasy Award finalist in two different categories makes me very, very happy. It is a delight and an honor to work with her.

Stephen H. Segal
30 July 2009 @ 12:05 pm

At long last, Weird Tales is thrilled to launch the first full season of our new web series, "One-Minute Weird Tales." Story number one is "The Curse and the Revenge," by Stuart Jaffe, with music by Eric San Juan.

We'll be releasing these fantastic micro-fictions weekly from now through Halloween. Embed them to your heart's content — and be sure to follow us via RSS, LiveJournal, or Facebook to catch them all!

(Writers, please note: We have open submissions for these stories.)

Stephen H. Segal
28 July 2009 @ 11:32 am
In the wake of Realms of Fantasy's relaunch, the past week or so has seen a lot of discussion online about fantasy magazine covers. Since I devote a large portion of my brain to designing magazine covers, I've decided that this is going to be the primary topic for my kaffeeklatsch at Worldcon next week: REDESIGNING F/SF MAGAZINE COVERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. So pass the word around: 11am on Monday the 10th. (Location: P-521B.) Not sure if it will be listed in the program guide as "Weird Tales Kaffeeklatsch" or "Stephen H. Segal Kaffeeklatsch," but in either case, come on out and join the fun. We won't just focus on Weird Tales or the current RoF debate -- between now and then, I'll take a bit of time to go through the exercise of a "fantasy redesign" of a few iconic titles...

Stephen H. Segal
13 July 2009 @ 06:33 pm
I didn't know Charles Brown personally. But the man founded a magazine and then kept it running for forty years, inspiring readers all along the way, and I do have an idea of just what a herculean task that was. Well done, sir. Rest in peace.
Stephen H. Segal
21 June 2009 @ 10:02 am
Via greygirlbeast comes this clip of John Hodgman (humorist, The Daily Show's resident expert, and the PC in the Mac & PC commercials) quizzing President Obama on his geek bonafides. People who are not nerds will be too bored to make it through the clip. Nerds, on the other hand, will be surprised and sorry that it isn't longer, because hey, couldn't he have gotten a Singularity or Quantum Leap reference in there?

Stephen H. Segal
22 April 2009 @ 09:44 pm
“Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel, a facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related; may we never even pretend that we are not.” —Fred Rogers, 2002
Stephen H. Segal
09 January 2009 @ 03:23 pm
2008 was a pretty incredible year for Weird Tales. For those of you who aren't subscribed to the LJ feed at weirdtales_mag , I've posted our year-in-review -- from the 85 Weirdest Storytellers to the Spam Fiction Contest to the Blasphemous Horrors to the oodles and oodles of brilliant stories -- at the magazine's site.

For the Worldcon members out there who plan to nominate and vote in the Hugo Awards, here's a full Weird Tales eligibility list, which includes some truly incredible world-class stories you may have missed the first time out. And here's an interesting fact: did you know that Weird Tales qualifies to be nominated for Best Semiprozine, a category that's got just this one last year before it's scheduled to be eliminated?

Stephen H. Segal
07 November 2008 @ 02:50 am
I will be forever grateful to annathepiper  for unearthing the greatest thing that has ever been posted on YouTube. A tribute to John Williams: