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Top 25 SF Signal Posts for March 2014

In case you missed them, here are The Top 30 SF Signal Posts for March 2014 (excluding the much-loved daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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There are so many good things to share with fellow genre fans, that’s it’s hard to catch them all….which is my lame excuse for not extolling the virtues of Locus Magazine more than I do.

And I’m not just saying that because this month’s issue shines the spotlight on SF Signal. (OMG-HOW-COOL-IS-THAT?) No, I’m actually a happy subscriber to the digital edition, which is waiting for me in my inbox on the first day of every month. (I used to subscribe years ago to the print edition…but that venture — through no fault of Locus — was a comedy of postal errors — and another story.)

What do I like about Locus Magazine? The author profiles are always illuminating, the reviews are consistently insightful, the news is informative, the publishing notes (especially the ones noting upcoming publications) stoke my fannish flames, the articles are interesting, and heck — it’s even a hoot to see magazine ads that feature genre books. In a more general sense, it’s a genuine treat to see an entire magazine devoted to the speculative fiction field, and not just an inch of column space added as an afterthought.

In short — I thoroughly enjoy Locus Magazine (and its online counterpart, Locus Online) and you will too. Might I recommend the latest issue which shines a spotlight on a trio of Hugo-winning nerds…?

In case you missed them, here are The Top 30 SF Signal Posts for February 2014 (excluding the much-loved daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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Top 25 SF Signal Posts for January 2014

In case you missed them, here are The Top 30 SF Signal Posts for January 2014 (excluding the much-loved daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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SF Signal is pleased to welcome Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams to the ever-expanding SF Signal team!

We asked Rick and Mark to talk about themselves in the third person. Here’s what they said:

Rick Klaw – Professional reviewer, geek maven, and optimistic curmudgeon, Richard “Rick” Klaw was the co-editor of the groundbreaking original anthology of short fiction in graphic form, Weird Business, and co-founder of Mojo Press, one of the first publishers to produce both graphic novels and prose books. He also served as the initial fiction editor for RevolutionSF. Over the past decade, Klaw has written countless reviews, essays, and fiction for a variety of publications including The Austin Chronicle, Blastr, Moving Pictures Magazine, San Antonio Current, The Horn, Geek Dad, San Antonio Business Journal, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, SF Site, Steampunk, Electric Velocipede, and The Steampunk Bible. Many of his essays and observations were collected in Geek Confidential: Echoes from the 21st Century. He can often be found pontificating on Twitter (@RickKlaw) and his award winning blog The Geek Curmudgeon. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, a large cat, an even bigger dog, and an impressive collection of books. Recent works include editing the anthologies The Apes of Wrath and Rayguns Over Texas.

Mark London WilliamsMark London Williams is a fiction writer, playwright, and journalist. He is the author of the LA Times Bestselling Danger Boy time travel series for young adults, whose finale Fortune’s Fool is forthcoming. He’s recently written horror and magic for young adults in the Magical Mayhem anthology, and for grown-ups in the eBook short Ghostdance: Showdown at Carthay Circle (originally edited by Rick Klaw). As a journalist, he’s written for Variety, the Los Angeles Times, and The Los Angeles Business Journal, and is currently a senior writer for Below the Line, covering Hollywood and its discontents. His plays have been produced in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London, and he’s written comic books, short stories, and video game scripts. He teaches workshops on creative writing and storytelling at the Walt Disney Company and other places. You can find him on Twitter @MLondonWmz, or online at marklondonwilliams.com.

Welcome to the team, fellas! You may pay bagel tribute directly to me as soon as possible. [Starts timer...] ;)

Rick and Mark will be rotating a monthly column on graphic novels. Watch this space!

In the meantime, Rick and Mark have hosted a fantastic Mind Meld on Graphic Novels today, Part 1 and Part 2! Get your to-read lists handy!

SF Signal Welcomes Alexandre Maki!

SF Signal is pleased to welcome Alexandre Maki to the ever-expanding SF Signal team!

We asked Alexandre to talk about himself in the third person. Here’s what he said:

Alexandre Maki is a writer from Brazil but prefers to read and to write in English because of his fondness for the language. When he is not reading or writing (or procrastinating), you can always find him on Twitter sharing links to long, serious articles or short, silly videos.

Welcome to the team, Alexandre! Do they have bagels in Brazil? If so, you should send us some so we can test them and make sure your not getting cheated. ;)

Alexandre will be rotating weekly link posting duties with PipdreamerGrey. He’s a shoe-in — he’s been sending us awesome links for a while now. His first link round-up is already posted. Check it out!

In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Alexandre to the SF Signal team!

Top 25 SF Signal Guest Posts for 2013

Here are The Top 25 SF Signal Guest Posts for all of 2013. Thanks again to our wonderful guests!
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Top 50 SF Signal Posts for 2013

To cap off the year, here are The Top 50 SF Signal Posts for all of 2013 (excluding the much-loved daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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Top 20 SF Signal Posts for December 2013

In case you missed them, here are The Top 30 SF Signal Posts for November 2013 (excluding the much-loved daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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In addition to last weekend’s troubles, SF Signal had some more technical difficulties that were encountered and resolved.

The problem? Some people were reporting on Monday that when they tried to browse to SF Signal, their browser was asking them to download a zip file. Rest assured that there was no danger for visitors. The problem was caused by a mis-configuration of a caching plug-in that altered the way our web server responded to URL requests. The problem has been fixed.

Here’s some more details about how events transpired:
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Weekend Troubles

If you visited SF Signal over the weekend, it was likely that you were greeted with a malware warning. Our apologies for that. Our site was hacked.

Things are back to normal now, but I wanted to let folks know what happened since many were asking questions.

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Top 30 SF Signal Posts for November 2013

In case you missed them, here are The Top 30 SF Signal Posts for November 2013 (excluding the much-loved daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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Have Some SciFi Turkey!

Heads up: Posting is gonna be a little light today because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Speaking of turkey, enjoy this trailer from the 2000 film Battlefield Earth starring John Travolta and a whole lot of lame.
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SF Signal Welcomes Aaron Sikes!

SF Signal is pleased to welcome Aaron Sikes to the SF Signal team!

Aaron is the type of person who likes to talk about himself in the third person. Who were we to stop him? Here’s what he said:

Aaron Sikes is a freelance editor and author of speculative fiction in the dark/weird vein. He has been published in anthologies by KnightWatch Press, Xchyler Publishing, and Fox Spirit Books. Aaron offers discounts on editing services to SFWA members as well as to active, veteran, and retired US Military and their immediate families.

Welcome to the team, Aaron! I’m sure nothing would make you feel more welcome than buying us bagels. Make it happen! ;)

Aaron’s first post is a review of Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather. Check it out!

Please join me in welcoming Aaron to the SF Signal team!

SF Signal Welcomes Django Wexler!

SF Signal is pleased to welcome Django Wexler to the SF Signal team!

For those who don’t already know Django, here’s a little something about him:

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. He is also the author of The Thousand Names.

Welcome to the team, Django! We’re ecstatic to have you on board. As a reader-turned-contributor with SF Signal, you are no doubt aware of our “Newbie brings bagels” rule. Well, it’s not so much as a rule as it is a desperate plea to re-introduce me to doughy, toroidal bliss. Even so, who am I to turn down free bagels?

Django will be doing a monthly column on anime called Lost in Animeland and maintaining the Lost in Animeland FAQ. Check out his first post here: Lost in Animeland! First Episodes, Fall 2013.

Please join me in welcoming Django to the SF Signal team!

Top 30 SF Signal Posts for October 2013

In case you missed them, here are The Top 30 SF Signal Posts for October 2013 (excluding the much-loved daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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SF Signal Welcomes Kathy F.!

SF Signal is pleased to welcome Kathy F. to the SF Signal team!

By way of introduction, we asked Kathy to tell us about herself using a third person voice. Here’s what she said:

Kathy is a book addict, action junkie, lazy crafter, and mom to 3 geeklings-in-progress. Her bookshelf is a testament to her motto “I live in the real world, I don’t want to read about it.” She’s had a few writing gigs over the years but is happiest sharing news of fantastic books, movies and more on Stellar Four, Kindle-aholic’s Book Pile, Twitter as @kindleaholic, and Pinterest.

Welcome to the team, Kathy! We’re glad you’re here. And I’m not just saying’ that because of our longstanding “Newbie brings bagels” rule. Okay, maybe I am. But only if this thin charade to get me some free bagels works, in which case it will become a de facto rule…thus meaning there could be free bagels in your future. Win-win! :D

While Kathy is scoring us some free boiled-and-baked goodness, check out her first post Feed Your To-Read List! Oh, and you may want to make space on your reading table.

Please join me in welcoming Kathy to the SF Signal team!

Top 30 SF Signal Posts for September 2013

In case you missed them, here are The Top 30 SF Signal Posts for September 2013 (excluding the daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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SF Signal Welcomes Sarah Chorn!

SF Signal is happy to welcome Sarah Chorn to the SF Signal team!

By way of introduction, we asked Sarah to describe herself in the third person. Here’s what she said:

Sarah Chorn has been a compulsive reader her whole life. At a young age she found her reading niche in the fantastic genre of Speculative Fiction. She blames her active imagination for the hobbies that threaten to consume her life. Sarah is a freelance writer, and semi-pro nature photographer, world traveler, two-time cancer survivor, and mom to one rambunctious toddler. In her ideal world, she’d do nothing but drink lots of tea and read from a never ending pile of speculative fiction books. You can find Sarah annoying people on Twitter as @BookwormBlues, on Facebook, and at her website.

Welcome to the team, Sarah! We’re happy to have you on board. So pleased, in fact, that I’m not even going to do the standard bit about how newcomers should but me bagels to win favor. In case you were wondering though, that would totally work. Just sayin’… :D

While Sarah is suddenly looking for the exit sign, check out her first post as a regular contributor, the start of a new column called Special Needs in Strange Worlds. This first installment is titled Disabilities Are Everywhere

In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Sarah to the SF Signal team!

SF Signal Welcomes Rob Bedford!

SF Signal is happy to welcome Rob Bedford to the SF Signal team!

Because this is how we get our kicks, we asked Rob to describe himself in the third person. Here’s what he said:

Rob Bedford is the Lead Book reviewer for SFFWorld, where he is also a Moderator in their discussion forums. In addition to over a decade’s worth of reviews at SFFWorld, his reviews have also appeared in the San Francisco/Sacramento Book review and Tor.com. He is currently curating the Orphan Black Rewatch at Tor.com. His blog is robbedford.blogspot.com and he can be found on twitter @RobHBedford. When his head isn’t in a book or writing about books, Rob writes fiction, runs, bowls, enjoys watching hockey, and is a beer snob. Rob is a lifelong resident of New Jersey the great Garden State, where he lives with his accommodating* wife (whom he met in a Science Fiction Literature course at Rutgers University) and their dog. [*She puts up with various stacks of read and unread books, thousands of comic books, and hauls his ass to local beer festivals, so yeah, he's a pretty lucky guy.]

Welcome to the team, Rob! We’re happy to bring you on board. New Jersey doesn’t have bagels *quite* as good as New York…but they’re way better than what we get here in Texas. I’m not saying I endorse bribery, but this is a piece of trivia you could use to your advantage. And by “your advantage” I mean “my advantage” when you send me bagels. :D

While Rob is rolling his eyes at a running gag that was past its prime years ago, check out the first installment of Rob’s new column The Completist, which that looks at complete book series. First up: David Louis Edelman’s Jump 225 Trilogy!

In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Rob to the SF Signal team!

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