Tag Archive: Abigail Nussbaum

Jan 26

My Hugo Nominees For Best Fan Writer

Mine is mostly a cut and paste of Martin Lewis’ list except I’ve swapped out two of his for two of my own. (I should say that I would normally nominate Requires Hate – but I don’t believe she was as prolific in 2013. That said she’d be number six on my list). So here …

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Sep 02

13 random and rambling thoughts about the Hugo Awards and one HUGE THANK YOU!

The Hugo Awards were announced earlier today.  The winners can be found here and the all important stats can be found here. In no particular order here are my thoughts on the results: Apparently I’m not allowed to blame Ustream for the shitty video coverage.  It had something to do with the Hotel’s WiFi… I …

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Mar 05

HUGO HUGO HUGO (and best fan writer)

So I’ve just submitted my nominations for the Hugo Awards. I know I can update them over the next few days, but unless something suddenly pops into my head, it’s unlikely I’ll be adding anything. A few days back I mentioned the comics I’d be nominating, so I thought I’d inspire you with the fan …

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Mar 04

Review: Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks

Goodreads figures: 15506 ratings at an average of 3.87 So I’m reading Martin Lewis’ blog (Everything Is Nice) and he’s ripping into Hartwell and Cramer’s introduction of a Gregory Benford story.* During the evisceration, mention is made of early New Space Opera from authors such as Banks and Colin Greenland. And it occurs to me …

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Jun 27

I wish I had something interesting to say…

… but I’m fresh out of idea.  Oh, I’m certain there’s a barnstorming controversy around the corner that I’ll feel the need to comment on.  But other than note that I thought Prometheus was a bit shit.  (Actually allot shit), I have nothing to report. That said, here’s something interesting things that other people have …

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Apr 15

Hugo Commentary: Best Fan Writer (long post – tangents included)

As I understand it the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) will be debating this year whether Best Graphic Story should survive as a category or be taken out and shot. There’s actually a number of good reasons why you’d remove the category from the ballot ranging from graphic comics being well serviced by other awards …

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Mar 13

Let’s Replace the Best Fanzine Category with Best Blog

I know I’m coming late to the party, but while reading this post by Mike Glyer from File 770 I discovered that blogs, such as this one, aren’t actually eligible for a Hugo because, to quote Andrew Trembley, “under the current [Hugo] rule, a blog that doesn’t adopt a periodical format isn’t eligible…” Trembley then …

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Jan 24

My favourite reviewers on the Web

So, following all that kerfuffle last week, I thought I’d mention the reviewers who I read on a regular basis and who inform my book-buying. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that David Hebblethwaite is the best reviewer on the interwebs.*  Although he has a genre background, he often reviews literary novels …

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Jan 16

The Art of the Mean Review

I’m back from Perth.  It was lovely, thanks for asking. While I was away, there were a couple of interesting posts about the art of reviewing.  The first one was by Martin Lewis, who celebrated his tenth anniversary as a reviewer by re-visiting the structure and content of his first review.  It’s a long post, …

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