October 2 was a red-letter day for anyone who reads. After all, it's not every day that a high-quality, groundbreaking SF publisher offers up a totally affordable package of their entire collection — but on Thursday, Small Beer Press announced that they are doing just that. And their purpose isn't just to clean out the warehouse: They're donating 20% of sale proceeds to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, proving that smart literature and thoughtful activism go hand-in-hand. It gets better, too; even the empty-walleted will come out winners.You can now get every book ever published by Small Beer Press — including all of Kelly Link's short story collections, John Kessel's The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories, and the genre-bending Interfictions — for $249. That's about half the retail price of their 26-book library, but if you can't stomach shelling out even that much, you'll be glad to know that Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners is now available as a free download. Michael Chabon thinks Magic for Beginners makes the world worth saving, so you can bet it's a fairly good read. There's a lot of spectacular SF up for grabs right now, and when buying it could also help heal a seriously ailing country, it's almost impossible to resist. Go have fun. Sale. [Not A Journal]
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