Tag Archive: Martin Lewis

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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Mar 13

I Heart Martin Lewis and this is why…

If you want to understand why I keep banging on about Martin Lewis as a reviewer then read his recent review on Strange Horizons of: Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 by Damien Broderick and Paul Di Filippo. Don’t be deterred by the fact that the piece is long, has 19 footnotes and is …

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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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Apr 18

Fan Writery Links #1

I’m not good with the whole link salad thing.  But as I said in this post, I’m going to spend this year and next linking to the best articles and rants and reviews I come across.  I’m calling it fan-writing, but it doesn’t necessarily need to have been written by a fan or be about …

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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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