Wanted to have a quick post in case anyone interested had missed it, but Humble Bundle’s current ebook bundle is a pretty solid collection… a good mix of classics and new stuff, and a good range across science fiction, fantasy, and horror. If you have no interest in ebooks… uh, check back tomorrow.
The titles all come from Subterranean Press, a boutique publisher who’ve released works by many famous SF authors (Dan Simmons, China Mieville, Kelley Armstrong, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Robert Silverberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephan King, Kelly Link, etc). Most of their physical editions are limited, leather-bound, signed-and-numbered deals, but their ebooks are competitively priced. They’re also a local company for me, which is an added bonus. (I am in no way affiliated with them; I do however have a fondness for deals, and this is probably the best ebook bundle Humble has released.)
If you’re not familiar with Humble Bundle—they’re more well-known in gaming circles for their PC/Android game bundles—it’s a pay-what-you-want model that lets you customize how your payment is distributed between Subterranean Press, Humble Bundle, and the bundle’s charity (in this case, Worldbuilders). Any content sold by Humble is DRM free—so, you can read these ebooks on whatever damn device you want, since you can download .pdf, .epub, or .mobi copies. Humble recently added more books to the bundle, so if you’ve already purchased it—I went in on day one—you can go back in and download the new titles added to your pledge level. And it’s worth noting that these are available to non-US customers, which would be the main way for international readers to get some of these as Subterranean has US-only distribution rights for most releases.
You can effectively buy three levels of bundle:
If you pay the entry fee of $Any Dollars You Want, you’ll get the above books. It includes two collections that are, in my not-so-humble opinion, the highlights of the bundle. The Top of the Volcano collects the essential Ellison, and includes must-read stories like “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs,” “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman,” and “Jeffty is Five.” The Jack Vance Treasury includes two of his award-winning novellas, “The Dragon Masters” and “The Last Castle,” which I’ve reviewed and enjoyed, plus a good selection of his shorts. I’m less familiar with the novellas and the New Weird collection The Ape’s Wife, but I’m looking forward to checking them out.
If you beat the average—at this time, around $12.50—you get another huge stack (digitally speaking) of books. Barry Hughart’s The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox is an underrated fantasy gem; there’s not one but two Tim Powers novellas, some horror novellas by legends Robert McCammon and Cliver Barker, a collection of Scalzi’s blog posts, the first of Elizabeth Bear’s Abigail Garrett stories, and more.
If you pay more than $15, you get three more books. Not a whole lot, but still a great deal for any interested parties. There’s a western novella by Joe Lansdale (of Bubba Ho-Tep fame), a sizable collection from horror master Robert McCammon, and a simply massive collection from K.J. Parker that includes several World Fantasy Award winners.
As with all mixed lots, I’m sure not everything will appeal to every reader. But it’s a heck of a lot of product at a flexible price-point. Happy reading to any interested parties, and enjoy.