July 27th, 2005


Reviewers Wanted.

From coalescent:

"Strange Horizons needs reviewers. Specifically, reviewers interested in a broad range of speculative media who can say a lot in a small space. I know there are people reading this who can and do do this on a regular basis: I want your submissions! And spread the word far and wide. If you've got questions, ask away."

Here's a bit of the guideline:

In the recent past, we've been focusing on what our submission guidelines call standard and extended reviews: in depth pieces up to a couple of thousand words long. We still want those, so don't stop submitting them. But now we also want more short reviews.

This means pieces around 500 words long, on any speculative art or entertainment that grabs your interest. Books, films, tv shows (individual episodes as well as whole seasons), comics, manga, anime, poems, stories, computer games... everything. The catch is that we don't just want summary, we want perspective. We want reviewers who can, say, recognise the tv and literary antecedents of Battlestar Galactica's take on military sf. And we want to cover the works you might not think of as sf, or that have that ill-defined thing, "an sf sensibility"--so we want reviewers who are happy exploring the uncertain edges of genre.

The short takes won't pay--at least, not yet (although of course if you choose to join our reviewers' mailing list and work with us regularly, review copies of books are free). What we want to do is make Strange Horizons the place to go to for informed reviews of speculative fiction and media. A place that looks at the obvious things with a fresh eye, and that finds the less obvious works and gives them the attention they deserve.

Strange Horizon's is a fine thing, and if you're looking for a way to get into the door as a reviewer, this is a good opportunity.

For Those In Sydney.

Bob Carr is leaving.

I don't know what to think. It's hardly a surprise, since his wife sold her business, and they bought a giant farm in New Zealand, but now that he's promising to leave--that he's finally said, "I'm going, fuck you all."--I don't know what to think. Sydney in the hands of someone else. What an alien thought. Will it be good? Bad? I don't even know if you can say that Carr's reign itself has been predominantly good or bad. Sydney pretty much exploded over the last ten years in housing and population and it's position as a cheap film set for Hollywood. It basically become the first of Australia's global cities with the help of the 2000 Olympics (or, as everyone in the Sydney media likes to say, "The Best Games Ever.") and to a certain extent, Carr just rode the boom... but on the other hand, NSW is reportedly one of the highest taxed States, the expansion of housing in the city was not done in an environmentally helpful fashion, and Sydney has essentially become a city where the only thing that is free is the air you breath. Space, as in all global cities, has become a means for State revenue and Carr's Government has bled that wound daily.

But he's leaving.

What a curious place this'll be for a while.