Tag Archive: Strange Horizons

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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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 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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Jan 30

Recommended Reading – January 2012

I’ve tried to be a bit more pro-active this year with my short fiction recommendations, tweeting the stories I really enjoyed on the @lastshortstory account.*  Because I have a full time job, a family, do two podcasts and enjoy things other than reading – such as playing Fifa 12 – there was no way I …

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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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