How (not to) market your book

My, what an interesting range of approaches there are in the publishing world as to how they think a reviewer can be best inveigled into reading their new book. In the interests of good relations between reviewers and the publishing industry, here are the methods that work for me, and why; some that could be risky; … Continue reading How (not to) market your book

What I hope to read at Christmas

By the time you read this, I hope to be in Hawai'i (actually Kauai). This is a major splashout holiday, for a particular reason. It's halfway across the planet from my home, but it's also halfway between where my siblings live, and the Christmas holiday is conveniently close to a significant birthday that they will be celebrating … Continue reading What I hope to read at Christmas

Science fiction and speculative fiction from Iraq

I really like the concept of Iraq + 100. Stories from a Century After the Invasion. In 2013 Hassan Blasim and his collaborator Ra Page, the founder of Comma Press, asked well-known Iraqi writers to write speculative short stories envisioning Iraq in 2113 or thereabouts. The Introduction and Afterword are persuasive about the artistic ambitions of this … Continue reading Science fiction and speculative fiction from Iraq