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Discuss books / Re: Anyone for Bordertown?
« on: May 30, 2011, 08:26:58 PM »
With some of the odd replies you've posted, it's hard to tell if you're serious or a spambot...

Discuss books / Re: Should all Net users have a single identity?
« on: May 30, 2011, 08:24:40 PM »
I am unfortunately jaded and overeducated in this area... I work in internet security. People get away with some seriously messed up things.

Discuss books / Re: Should all Net users have a single identity?
« on: May 02, 2011, 05:45:02 PM »
We like to have a safe forum where people can be normal and not think they have to hide their identities.

I've been on the Set some dozen or so years now using my own name with few if any problems. It also appears my name is one of a kind these days.


Here may be safe. Hell, I'm using my own name here. I typically only use two other "screen names", too. But other places? There's plenty of other places it is NOT safe using your own name.

Discuss books / Anyone for Bordertown?
« on: May 01, 2011, 06:25:12 PM »
Anyone else on the edge of their seats, waiting for Welcome to Bordertown?

I was ecstatic when I found out about this months ago, especially the names connected with it! With the mixing of old and new to Teri Windling's Bordertown, I think this anthology could be quite the read!

Feedback / U.S. Reviewers?
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:37:00 PM »
Are you ever going to be able to open things for more U.S. reviewers? Is it mostly a budgetary problem?

Discuss books / Re: Lilith Saintcrow
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:33:48 PM »
I'll be honest---I haven't read a lot of her books (yet?), but she really *is* a very sweet person. :)

Discuss books / Re: Should all Net users have a single identity?
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:33:02 PM »
Aww.... the answers arent enough!

There are some forums and such that one likes to participate in, but you really don't want everyone to know your name. I'm in internet security, I've seen a LOT of horrid things. The Internet isn't really a very safe place....

Discuss books / Re: Hardbacks, paperbacks and prices
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:30:41 PM »
I read A LOT.

I *only* by a hardcover when it's something I *know* I will read more than once.

I buy paperback, ebooks (only when the prices are competitive), and most often simply borrow (friend, library, whatever) or lend. I also tend to use coupons a LOT.

Personally, a bit of both. I read from authors I know and love, but I also consistently make stops into the book store, and give new writers a chance. I like to look for books from new publishers, or first-time novels just as much as books from seasoned professionals. I *do* pay attention to the awards, because if the nominees and/or winners are books I haven't read, I *do* often make a deliberate habit of reading them. I like to stay abreast of what people as a whole believe to be noteworthy--I don't want to miss something I might find enjoyable as well. :)

Discuss books / Re: The price of fantasy and science fiction books
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:23:07 PM »
Hello SJ

I think the real problem with ebooks is the same with musical downloads, ie there is no secondary market for them. Having something physical in your hands means you have something you can show and occasionally barter or sell on. Pointing at your computer and say its in there doesn't really have much meaning.

Personally, I think I prefer the physical to the digital in my hands.


I wonder, has your opinion changed any in recent months?

I've been reading some very interesting articles directed at debate about pricing with ebooks, especially geared toward recent ebook authors who have made extraordinary sales in that venue--many, *exclusively* in that venue.

Personally, I am of a mind that once DRM is made in a far friendlier manner that makes using files across multiple devices an easier task, it will be a big step toward making ebooks friendlier and less prone to theft. The second step is pricing. People often weigh convenience against price. This is a lesson ALL content providers are learning slowly, but to their eventual benefit. Electronic copies should have a price point congruent with their cost (minimal), and not identical to paper copies. The price point still needs to reflect their economic value as intellectual property, but honestly, if the ebook costs more than the paperback, people will continue to either buy the paperback or sadly, steal the ebook. This is where these ebook-only authors are apparently cleaning up. This is on one of those writers. I must admit--I've never read anything from her, but a bit of digging will show several similar stories, as well as several print writers who have found when attempting to sell their back catalogue, a new cover and a 2.99 ebook price point has put money back into their pockets.

Have you ever considered either having ebook releases reviewed, or using them as another means of having overseas reviewers? (Yes, I'm volunteering).

Discuss books / Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:08:48 PM »
Bribery works best, R.J.

Just send him a nice box set of StarGate Universe at Xmas time, and you'll soon find that your review books consist of the latest William Gibson and Al Reynolds novels!




I suppose my own issues with lazy, formulaic TV spin-offs would belong in another thread.  ;)

I don't really find I have any writers I *hate* (horribly strong word, unless we were talking about writing other than fiction), but I have to say, I have a bit of a problem with new books that either cover old ground in ways that have been done to death (vampire romances), or simply stick to the same formulaic structure because it's popular and it sells (teen paranormal whatsits, vampire romance, paranormal bodice rippers masquerading as horror).

Discuss SFcrowsnest articles / Re: Articles always wanted
« on: May 01, 2011, 11:50:48 AM »
I would be quite interested in writing reviews.

I'm a quick and voracious reader, and would be able to read and complete reviews in a timely manner.

I've read the post on the site about submitting examples and such, but I seem to have missed the email address to send them to. There's information about sending hard copies of actual stories, but the preference discussed in the reviews section seems to be for email. If someone is able to send me a PM here with further information, I'd greatly appreciate it. I can gladly send along writing samples as well as a bit on my background, if desired.

Help? :)


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