Been a while since I’ve posted anything here. Here’s the reason: I’m hard at work getting the new site ready. I decided that to incentivize myself, I was not going to post any reviews on this, the old site. I have five stacked up that will appear on the new site when it’s ready. I’m guessing I have a couple more days of work. Don’t worry, I haven’t stopped reading, and I won’t stop being a cranky internet reviewer.
In the interim, here are a couple of links that I like:
First, I point you to Con or Bust! That’s an effort, associated with the Carl Brandon Society, to assist fans of color to attend science fiction conventions. The last two years they’ve assisted people who wanted to go to WisCon, and they are looking at adding Arisia support next year. Con or Bust! funds come primarily from the auction of donated items. This year’s batch includes things such as pie from Nisi Shawl, getting yourself written in as a god in N. K. Jemisin’s upcoming novel, signed books, lots of crafted items, and more.
Second, James Nicoll is doing a project I thought about doing after my Pyr post last month, but hadn’t yet started. He’s going through all the speculative fiction publishers and tallying authors and protagonists by gender. He’s using the tag cooties to label these posts. Seems to be about two publishers/imprints a day. Head over there to see the numbers (which don’t look good for some publishers), but also to help by proofing his work. A lot of his protagonist marking is done by reading the promo copy for the book, so he can use people who’ve read the books in question to provide information about books.
And yes, this does mean I plan to do the occasional link roundup on the new blog.