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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):

  1. 218 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in October 2013 (Our GINORMOUS Monthly SF/F/F Cover Gallery)
  2. 101 SF/F/H Kindle eBook Deals Under $4
  3. MIND MELD: Our Favorite Women Horror Writers
  4. Best Bets for Science Fiction & Fantasy Books – October 2013
  5. INTERVIEW: Peter Watts Talks About BEYOND THE RIFT, William F***ing Gibson, and Cyclopean Rabbits
  6. MIND MELD: Worthy Media Tie-ins
  7. Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Disabilities Are Everywhere
  8. The “Last” Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Meme
  9. [GUEST POST] Max Gladstone on The Science Fictioning of Fantasy and Vice Versa
  10. MIND MELD: The Scary Stories That Made Us Lose Sleep
  11. The Completist: C.S. Friedman’s COLDFIRE TRILOGY
  12. Book Cover Smackdown! November Steampunk Edition: FIDDLEHEAD vs. ROMULUS BUCKLE & THE ENGINES OF WAR vs. UNCRASHABLE DAKOTA
  13. MUSIC VIDEO: “Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter” – The Song for Anne Rice’s new novel, THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER
  14. FILM REVIEW: Gravity (2013)
  15. MIND MELD: How Science Fiction Changed Our Lives
  16. Honest Trailers: Pacific Rim
  17. The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 208): Panel of Irregulars – What Books Do We Want To Read Before The End Of The Year Part 1
  18. [GUEST POST] Tom Merritt on His Science Fiction Retelling of King Arthur
  19. S**t Nerds Never Say
  20. Feed Your To-Read List!
  21. Recommended Reading by Professionals…with Violette Malan
  22. Video: The Wonder Woman Movie We All Want To See
  23. [EXCERPT] Read the Introduction from TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE Edited by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey
  24. Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Why Tyrion Lannister Matters
  25. Short Fiction Friday: Stories that Go Bump in the Night, Part Two
  26. Recommended Reading by Professionals…with David Lomax
  27. The Three Hoarsemen Discuss NOVA by Samuel R. Delany
  28. [GUEST POST] Jonathan L. Howard on The Appeal of Lovecraftian Horror
  29. How “Star Trek Into Darkness” Should Have Ended
  30. Wondrous Wit Smackdown! The Pleasure of Witty Repartee
About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

3 Comments on Top 30 SF Signal Posts for October 2013

  1. That’s interesting how only one of those posts was a book review (Carl’s). That and what I hear about what readers read reviews, or how few do, just makes me think about the time spent writing them, especially if I’m going to go below a four-star rating. Cheers to SF Signal for the diverse content. There are some, like the Max Gladstone article, that I missed and look really interesting. I started reading him last night and wow, the guy has some serious talent.

    • >>…makes me think about the time spent writing them, especially if I’m going to go below a four-star rating

      I’ve heard several reviewers take that stance and I think that’s a mistake if one cares enough about maintaining reviewer integrity. Posting only positive reviews prevents readers from getting a true sense of what a reviewer likes, which includes books they *didn’t* like.

      Also, if you are concerned about review hits rates…negative reviews typically draw more attention than positive ones. Posting only your positive reviews like you suggest would only contribute to the problem you see, not solve it. (And let me be clear: I expect and require all reviews to be written honestly and respectfully, i.e. not drummed National Enquirer style up to generate hits.). For the record, I don’t see reviews not making this list as a problem. It is what it is. The 10 reviews we posted last month did over 1,200 views. that’s not bad, is it?)

      I understand that writing honest, negative reviews is hard, believe me. It’s especially difficult when we folks in the blogososphere are so casual with the writers on social media and at conventions, or when that writer was gracious enough to be interviewed for our blogs or write a guest post. How do you negatively review an online friend? A reviewer has to face these questions. Even so, I still think it’s a disservice to the readers, the reviewer, *and* the writer to pull punches.

      • Yes, I agree. Like Tim, I have noticed my reviews generally get much less traction than other stuff.

        It’s the meh reviews that I am most hesitant to publish. Meh is the worst reaction I can have to a book, since its not even negative, its…lifeless. I didn’t submit a review of a book I read recently to SF Signal precisely because it was Meh.

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