On October 8, the Eclipse series will be available online free of charge at Nightshadebooks.com. Following the lead of other short fiction publications, Eclipse will continue its fifth and subsequent volumes as a primarily electronic publication.
The series was launched by Editor Jonathan Strahan and Night Shade Books in 2006, and has delivered original fiction by Peter S. Beagle, Maureen McHugh, Andy Duncan, Garth Nix, Ellen Klages, Gwyneth Jones, Ted Chaing, Jeffrey Ford, Deryl Gregory, Caitlín R. Kiernan and others.
Jonathan Strahan, editor of more than 20 anthologies and collections, says:
We’ve taken the dream of Eclipse — that idea of the rare and unusual, the strange and eldritch — and we’ve stripped it down and rebuilt it for a new decade. Now we’re taking it out for a spin. There may be things added to it in the coming months, and things removed, but at its core there will be at least two new stories every month, the best I can find by the most exciting writers in the field.
Eclipse Online will be a free, online publication – not requiring a subscription or sign-up — with a story released by Editor Jonathan Strahan every first and fourth Monday of the month.
I have to say that I am a bit disappointed in this. I thoroughly enjoyed the first four Eclipses (and gave Stahan my last few Hugo votes for best editor-short form largely because of it) but, since I do not currently own an e-reader, I would be more apt to read the stories in printed form even though it appears the on line version will be free.