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Finding new venues– BN Sci Fi

Hello there.

So you’ve seen that SF Signal is closing. And I do have Skiffy and Fanty as my primary home, I don’t “flood the zone” (NFL football reference there) with endless stuff for them because that would get tedious. And I do like my independence and ability to have fingers in pies.

So, now BN SCi Fi. Yes, the Barnes and Noble SF blog has taken me on. My first piece with then is an interview with Michael Underwood (yes, of Skiffy and Fanty) about his Genrenauts Kickstarter. That interview is here:

So, basically where I used to do written interviews for SF Signal, I will now be offering them to BN Sci Fi. So, writer friends, if you are looking to be interviewed by me as I did in the days of SF Signal..well, you know what to do. Email me!

Is that it, then? Am I looking for any other venues and outlets?

Well…nothing is set, yet, but…Spoilers!

Ave Atque Vale, SF Signal

So you have heard the news by now. SF Signal, one of the premier Science Fiction websites, is closing down after twelve years.

I will miss it, not least because I was part of it for its last five years of its run. In April 2011, I stepped out onto the SF Signal stage with a review of THE FALLEN BLADE by Jon Courtnay Grimwood. More
than three hundred reviews, articles, and Mind Melds later, I closed out the Mind Meld feature with the last mind meld, on Weapons in SF/F.. In between, I talked about everything from books to Silk Road Fantasy, to my Roll Perception
Plus Awareness column on roleplaying games in genre.

As Andrea said on her own goodbye post , I Blossomed at SF Signal. Where that portion
of my work will go, I don’t know. In the meantime, I am a co host on Skiffy and Fanty, and a member of SFF Audio. SF Signal may have passed Into the West, but its legacy,
and what I learned there, will live on.

Ave Atque Vale, SF Signal.

My Genre Stuff this Week 4/15

On SF Signal, I review APHRODITE TERRA, edited by Ian Sales:

On Skiffy and Fanty, I review OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS by Kristi Charish

On SFF AUDIO, I discuss The Lottery by Jorge Luis Borges

Roundup of stuff 8/20

I’ve had a busy week on the Internets!

–I was on SFF Audio talking Philip K Dick’s DR. Futurity

Three (count ’em) Reviews on SF Signal:

Kate Elliott’s Fabulous Court of Fives

Aliette de Bodard’s Amazing House of Shattered Wings

Jason Hough’s exciting thriller Zero World.

I was in Rob Bedford’s Mind Meld talking about Author Comebacks.

At Skiffy and Fanty, I talk about Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle.

So, like I said, tons of stuff from me this week!

Recent Stuff by and with me 4/28

The Weimer’s been busy in your genresphere!

I have an interview of DAEDALUS trilogy author Mike J Martinez at SF Signal. I’ve been an early and often supporter of Mike’s work, and even managed to make the acknowledgements of the third book, coming soon.

Also at SF Signal, I review Mary Robinette Kowal’s OF NOBLE FAMILY. The end to her GLAMOURIST HISTORIES series! A rare 5 star review from me, well deserved.

At SFF Audio, I join Jesse and Jenny on their newest podcast episode to talk about PACIFIC EDGE by Kim Stanley Robinson..

S.C. Flynn has a written interview with the Skiffy and Fanty crew, including me.

I’ve been doing about a review a week at Skiffy and Fanty. My latest is Genevieve Cogman’s THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY.

Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing interview on Sad Puppies (and cliffs notes)

The fine folks at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing had me on to discuss the Hugos and the Sad Puppies.

For those who don’t want to hear my dulcet voice talk on these matters, or don’t have the time, inclination or ability, the Cliffs Notes version of my AISFP Podcast interview about the Sad Puppies:

The unifying of the Sad Puppies and Vox Day’s toxic Rabid Puppies fatally weaken the arguments of the Sad Puppies
and tarnish their points.

I agree with the Sad Puppies that a lot of deserving SF authors have never been Hugo nominated.

The Hugos are a small self selecting slice of SF fandom. That slice is by and large of a political stripe far
to the left of the Sad Puppies.

Sad Puppies are far from the first to logroll Hugo nominations–the story of L Ron Hubbard and Mission Genesis

The Sad Puppies “suggested slate” is a Block Vote in practice. Their protestations about being about “quality” are
countervailed by other comments in their blogs to cast their voting scheme to be a political act to stick it to the lefties.

Ultimately the Hugo is not a big award in the grand scheme of things–but its been cast as the voice of Science
Fiction even so.

Should the Hugos be Juried? Maybe, but Juried awards have their own problems.

The Pool of Nominators for the Hugos IMO is too small–the fandom that votes on the Hugos is a tiny fraction of
SF readership and fandom. I would vastly expand the Hugo nominating and voting membership, were I in charge. It would
have its own problems but would reduce logrolling from Sad Puppies or anyone else.

Recent Stuff with and by Me 3/21

I had a bit of a lull with my trip to Britton, SD for work, but I have plenty of stuff to look at:

At Skiffy and Fanty on the podcast, Shaun Duke and I talked with Carrie Patel about The Buried Life.

Also at Skiffy and Fanty, I Discussed Jo Walton’s THE JUST CITY.

At SF Signal, Betsy Dornbusch kindly answered my interview questions about EMISSARY.

I was also on SFF Audio, talking about Mark Twain’s A DOUBLE BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY. Twain does Sherlock Holmes!

Lots of stuff coming in the pipeline too!

Recent Stuff with and by me 3/6/2015

A busy week on the internets for me.

On SF Signal, I did a Mind Meld on Sequels to the standalone novels we love. Got a lot of great responses.

Also on SF Signal, I interviewed Carrie Patel.

I also reviewed Carrie Patel’s THE BURIED LIFE at Skiffy and Fanty.

I also participated in a Skiffy and Fanty Torture Cinema episode for the execrable movie BABY GENIUSES.

And of course, I’m all over Twitter and Facebook. Say hi, won’t you?