Tag Archive: Cat Valente

Mar 18

Reviewing the Nebulas: Novelettes

Seven novelettes were nominated for the Nebulas this year and I have to say that apart from one dud they’re a shiny crop of stories. Moreso then the nominated short fiction, I expect to see a few of these novelettes appear on the Hugo ballot.

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Aug 13

Some thoughts on the World Fantasy Nominees

So the world fantasy award nominees were announced a few days back.  If you don’t already know who is on the ballot, you can find out here. Overall it’s a ballot I endorse (because, of course, World Fantasy has been holding its breath waiting for my tick of approval).  As you might guess, I’m especially …

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May 10

Fan Writery Links #2

I’m busy at the moment – you’ll see why shortly – so I haven’t had time to blog.  (One of these day I’ll do those other Hugo posts that I’ve been threatening to write).  In the meantime, here’s some links to the brilliant thoughts of a bunch of people I respect.  (All of whom should …

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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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Apr 09

Truth

If you haven’t already, go read this brilliant post by Cat Valente on the treatment of woman who dare to express their opinions. You know what shits me about this post?  The fact that it has to be written in the first place. But you only have to read the comments to her post and …

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Apr 01

Going Chris Priest on the Aurealis Awards

Unless you’ve been away from the Internet for the last week, you’ll know that Christopher Priest went ballistic on this years Clarke Awards short list. What you might have missed is that a week or so before the Clarke Awards list was released the short list for Australia’s premier genre award (also judged by a …

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Feb 02

Nominating the Hugos – Novels

Before I get started I’d like to mention how shit the Chicon 7 online nomination form is.  There’s no warning anywhere on the form that if you tab away from the screen – because you want to check the length of a story – when you return everything you’ve entered will have fucking vanished.  So, …

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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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Nov 29

Something gorgeous that appeared in the mail

Just under a month ago, Cat Valente – a good friend who I never get to see because she lives on the other side of the world – mentioned that her Omikuji Project was on the verge of ending if it didn’t reach a certain number of subscribers.  I’m not going to paraphrase the rest …

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