The Psychopath in the SFF-sphere

Someone suggested I write regarding this topic of outrage. However, I’ve no desire to offer this particular individual one more inch of column space on which he/she/it would no doubt get off. But author Laura Mixon did a very careful analysis of the history and the enormity of this creature’s acts. If you want to see how a psychopath operates in our online world, it looks like this:

Award-winning author/editor Gardner Dozois profiled in Geekadelphia

Gardner Dozois is officially named “Geek of the Week”

Gardner Dozois

The Wonder of Jo Walton

I have in the past tremendously enjoyed Jo Walton’s fiction, but I’m not online all that much and had never paid much heed to her essays on books. This oversight has been corrected thanks to Tor having assembled them into one book: What Makes This Book So Great.

What Makes This Book So Great

What Makes This Book So Great

These are not reviews, they really are Walton’s smart contemplation of, mainly, books she has read before and finds herself returning to. And in a number of cases they are books that got short shrift when first released, books that deserve the attention of anyone who wants to write in the science fiction and fantasy genre. Some are books that bend or defy the rules. Others are series that work, have substance, have a span worthy of a series. There are so many writers now self-publishing (particularly fantasy) series before they have so much as written a single stand-alone novel, much less a short story or two, the things Jo Walton has to say about why series by authors like C.J. Cherryh, Steven Brust, and Lois McMaster Bujold work are things to which such self-shaped writers should pay attention.  The amount of wisdom per page in these essays cannot be overstated.