Science fiction and fantasy
Musings and rantsNine Political Books That Change The Conversation
Following news that Simon and Schuster plan to publish an inflammatory commentator, here are nine political books that deserve more attention.
Penguin Random House Withdraws Union Recognition
Penguin Random House have decided not to recognise Unite and the NUJ as a result of staff negotiations, leaving the publisher with a stain on its reputation as an employer.
Authors Support Stop Funding Hate
Some authors have had enough of divisive and xenophobic elements in the British press, and are willing to make an ethical stand.
Amazon Finally Makes KU Appealing For Novelists
The new per-page payout for the Kindle Unlimited subscription service makes it a much better deal for authors of longer novels.
Thoughts On The Sieghart Report On Libraries
The Sieghart report on libraries missed its mark by miles. Yet the real cause of the decline of the UK library network is depressingly obvious.
A Shout-Out For The Good Guys
When nastiness dominates online conversations about books it is time to appreciate the well-behaved authors.
Critique Circle: Shaping Fabulous Stories
The appeal of a certain writing critique website. Or, why I have neglected this blog.
Where Shall I Point This Pitchfork?
Some thoughts on Jonathan Ross, Loncon, and the twitchfork mob.
Reading Is Not A Race
Why I will be abandoning annual reading challenges in 2014.
What Book Discovery Is Missing
The current state of book discovery is narrowing our reading choices and squeezing out midlist writers. How can it be fixed?
An Explosion Of Discovery Tools
New book discovery engines are popping up all over the web. But which ones will come out on top?
Blog Tours From Both Sides
Blog tours are the lastest marketing fad. But what are the pros and cons of this kind of publicity?
It's Not Your Story Any More
When a book is published, authors lose control over how the story should be read. They should let go the reins and enjoy the ride.
Same Old, Same Old
Are current methods of book discovery pushing us further away from original literature?
Female Protagonists In Genre Fiction
A list of recommended SFF books for adults which feature a female as the main character.
Is This The End Of Sweeping Vistas?
Do recent trends in fantasy art styles and the constraints of online book discovery mark the decline of landscape cover art?
A Rising Tide Floats All Boats
Authors: stop thinking of other writers as your rivals. They're not the enemy.
Reviews Are Useless Without Context
With so many review blogs, quick ways of understanding their authors are more important than ever.
Great Scriptwriters: Sometimes Overlooked, Always Vital
Sometimes it seems like the only way to get known as a scriptwriter is to do something else entirely.
The Going Rate For Fake Reviews
Now you can buy your way to critical success, at least until you get caught.
Women In SFF: Indie Edition
19th October 2016If everyone reads the same things by essentially a small group of authors, it limits us. So diversity matters if we're to imagine more boldly and enjoy fiction that isn't confined to the stale tropes of past decades.
To help anyone who wants to broaden their reading, Joanne Hall compiled a non-exhaustive list of women in SFF. However, given the scale of that project she's only listing traditionally published authors. So this list features recommendations of women writing in SFF outside of the major publishers. It will include self-published writers and those publishing through small presses. It's very hard to tell the difference sometimes between the two. There will be grey areas in terms of what counts as a small press, and many authors are "hybrid" between self and traditional publishing, so in general this will be a list of writers who are mostly not traditionally published.
The following books are recommended by me, or through the hashtag #indiewomeninsff on Twitter, as potential starting points for these authors' works. Please add your own suggestions via Twitter.
There are more specific recommendations for LGBTQIA books on Shira Glassman's Tumblr.