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I clicked on the link to read the article on sfcrowsnest.com and followed the link to the UK amazon website to be greeted by:

Your search "On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 23 no. 3" did not match any products.

Andy

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Saying hello / It's me!
« on: February 21, 2012, 04:06:53 PM »
I suppose this is a belated hello as I have been posting comments for a while now. My reading material is mostly Sci-Fi  although I also read some fantasy, crime/detective, factual, historical and just about anything else including graphic novels (and yes I do have some comics).

What grabs my attention with a novel or short story is a new idea or a slightly different approach on a well known theme.
Anyway, I live in the UK and English is my preferred language although I revert to my second language – gibberish – when stressed, asked difficult questions  or inebriated.

Andy

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Saying hello / Re: A Hello, A Confession And A Redeeming Revelation
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:50:09 PM »
Hi Jim,

Once you release a book into the public domain then it has to live and die as it is. The first published reviews you get are probably going to determine the eventual success (or not) of your book. There are people like me who are looking for the positives in a novel and will put up with typo's and formatting. Other people will take the opportunity to use this to post a negative review simply because of the number of typos or bad formatting. This should be avoided at all costs as once the poor review is posted it can’t be undone. As typo’s and formatting issues can be easily identified and corrected there is really no excuse for getting them fixed before publication.

I will have a look at your novel as I do like to support new authors but any feedback will be a case of closing the stable door after the horse as bolted.

Best of luck!

Andy

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I was reading the article on www.sfcrowsnest.com about the best up coming Scifi and fantasy books for 2012 posted by Jessica Martin.

I was somewhat surprised that of the 32 books that were listed only 5 were tagged as SciFi. Is that a true reflection on the market for science fiction novels or does it reflect the personal choice of Jessica? I should point out that this is no way intended as a criticism of the article or Jessica's reading taste. As I mostly read science fiction I'm somewhat concerned that it might be a market segment that is rapidly dwindling.

On the other hand, I'm looking forward to the next novels in the Beyond Armageddon series by Anthony Decosmo and the Tribes of Hakahein series by Scott J Robinson. These don't get a mention in the article but are due out very soon. 2012 might not be a completely barren year for science fiction after all.  :)

Andy

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Feedback / Re: Live in the UK and fancy yourself as a reviewer??
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:03:56 PM »
Go on then - I'll give it a go. I did have some reviews posted on the now defunct British Science Fiction forum. There are a variety of reviews on the Amazon UK web site of which a longer one can be found at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Escape-Velocity-The-Anthology-ebook/dp/B004Z8L3SG/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

My review is the first and only customer reviewer (Andy E) and if you click on the 'See all of my reviews link' you will find reviews of all sorts of things. I should probably get out more...

Andy

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Saying hello / Re: A Hello, A Confession And A Redeeming Revelation
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:32:51 AM »
Hi Jim,

I have read a few self published novels and the quality does vary. By quality I mean is the story a good one and how it is presented to the reader. A lot of stories tend to loose their way as though the author got bored with the project half way through or the initial idea(s) were not strong enough to keep the story going.

With regard to how the story is presented to the reader I'm talking about editing and proof reading. This also varies widely which may be due to the lack of access the authors have to quality editors or reviewers before publication. Of course, it may also be down to the fact that the author disagrees with what the editor and reviewers are saying.

As I own a Kindle it is my preferred reading platform for novels and short stories. I often seen books and short stories which are very badly formatted for the Kindle. Some of these are supplied by Amazon which really should do better. I see your books on sale for £1.95 and has 7 five star reviews and 1 four star review. Thats quite impressive.

Once I have finished the backlog of books I already have lined up, I will have a look.

Andy

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Feedback / Re: What is your favourite alien name??
« on: February 19, 2012, 01:40:07 PM »
Call me sad but I always liked Kal-El

Andy

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Discuss books / Re: Any good non-medieval European style fantasy novels?
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:03:09 PM »
Just to resurrect another old thread, have you read Faerie Tale by Raymond E Feist? It is a very good fantasy story set in the modern time.

Yarrow by Charles De Lint is also another interesting read. It is one of the few paperback books I have retained to read again at some point.

Andy

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Discuss books / Re: Reviews of free book-- "The Space Between"
« on: February 14, 2012, 01:51:13 PM »
Hi Scott,

I did not keep notes so I have had to go back and re-read it. It's strange, but I enjoyed the story even more second time round. I have sent you an e-mail with the things I noticed.

I'm now about 1/3 of the way through Singing Other Worlds and I like the way the story is going. The Trolls attitude to cats is spot on  ;D

Andy

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Feedback / Re: Daisy sentient sentences
« on: February 14, 2012, 09:33:21 AM »
The buzzing of the bees was like honey for the soul.

Have I got this right? I never was very poetical or very deep. Corse, cheap and shallow. Thats me  ;D

Andy

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Discuss books / Re: Cross over
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:32:29 PM »
Hi Scott,

Having thought about it I'd have to say that I think it is almost certainly harder to write crossover stories. People have expectations of their favourite genre when reading a story so you have at least two sets of expectations to contend with, which may be contradictory.

And thats before you start!

Andy

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Starfarer's Tavern / Re: Just one starship
« on: February 10, 2012, 03:03:08 PM »
I know this is a dormant topic but it would just have to be the USS Voyeger. All the home comforts, a holo deck and a canteen. There's 7of9 other reasons to  :P

Andy

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News / Re: Meet the new Space: 1999, same as the old?
« on: February 10, 2012, 02:07:35 PM »
I hope that by pushing the time period into the future the resulting technological advancements can be used to improve the scripts  ;D

Er, when they say "reimage the original" do they mean digitaly remastering the original or reshooting with new (American) cast, new scripts and new sets?

If its the latter then the only thing in common with the original series is '99'.

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My son got the Thor DVD for Christmas and we have watched it three times now. Very entertaining.

Oh - and Iron Man gets watched quite frequently too. For some reason they don't seem so enamoured with the Iron Man sequel.

Andy

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News / Re: Now THAT'S a fan girl.
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:42:37 PM »
That is very, very sad  :o

Andy

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