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December 05, 2006

SF Snark?

In the thread talking about Orson Scott Card's Empire, and why I don't usually slag SF writers or books here at the Whatever, Theophylact asks in the comment thread:

I'm very fond of your blog, and I'm perfectly happy with your "Boost, Don't Knock" approach. But where should I go for intelligent, well-informed SF snark?

Anyone have suggestions for Theophylact? Which SF-focused sites or blogs are the snarkiest ones of all? I'm kind of curious myself.

Posted by john at December 5, 2006 12:08 PM

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Steve Buchheit | December 5, 2006 12:58 PM

I don't know if they're snarky (my guess would be no), but I would recommend David Hartwell's "New York Review of Science Fiction" for great critical reviews. It's by subscription, but I think they put some of the old issues online.

Lucy Kemnitzer | December 5, 2006 01:53 PM

James Nicoll often indulges in it, or inspires others to do so.

Stephanie Leary | December 5, 2006 02:06 PM

We definitely need a skiffy counterpart to Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Darkhawk | December 5, 2006 02:49 PM

Heh -- I was going to suggest him too, Lucy, as my only thought on the matter.

FS | December 5, 2006 03:33 PM

Dave Langford can be snarky at times.

Josh Jasper | December 5, 2006 04:58 PM

My wife's reviews. She pulls no punches. She knows the genre. But you have to *deserve* a snark form her. As in, "have written something bad".

Scorpio | December 5, 2006 06:18 PM

For snark on the Card, one should specifically visit No More Mister Nice Blog. He has Many Words to say about it, including a fictitious look at Chapter Six.

Many blogs have occasional SF posts, including Nothing New Under the Sun and The Sideshow.

Chris Billett | December 5, 2006 07:32 PM

Frameshift (.org) used to be an interesting place for that, it was Gabe Chouinard's Dead Cities prior to that. It's not so much snark... just no holds barred speaking one's mind? I guess, maybe, that's similar. Depending on context!

Livia Llewellyn | December 5, 2006 09:26 PM

For genre snark, as well as all-around intelligent and breaktakingly biting snark in general, I can't say enough about Nick Mamatas. I can't say enough, cause he'll chew me out a new [expletive deleted] if I do.

Martin Wagner | December 5, 2006 09:58 PM

I've always been a little proud of this one.

doubt | December 6, 2006 12:01 AM

Funny, I was going to suggest James Nicoll's blog, too. I have to admit, although he may not know it (actually, I seriously doubt he does, because this is the first time I've said it online), his blog is one of my favorite bits of LiveJournal.

Harry Connolly | December 6, 2006 12:29 AM

I'm with doubt.

John H | December 6, 2006 01:25 PM

Hey Martin, nice review of TAD. While I wouldn't argue with your characterization of a Bond spoof via South Park and Yes, Minister, to me it had more of a Hitchhiker's feel to it...

James Angove | December 6, 2006 06:27 PM

James Nicoll, for sure. Although the best of his snark is mostly not on his LJ; he's more circumspect these days on account of his employment.

My favorite from him has to be his review of Mayflower II, although his comments on Baxter's _Titan_ are also pretty priceless.

Lenny Bailes | December 8, 2006 07:56 PM

((Revised dupe post -- fixed html link))

Slightly dated SF snark here. (This is the funniest piece on the site, written by Reason Magazine editor Jesse Walker).

For more contemporary stuff, keep a watch on Paul Di Filippo, who writes snark short stories for F&SF and has a whole collection of them. You can also find Di Filippo at Locus Online and as a replacement for Alan Moore on the brilliant Top Ten comic book. He gets around.

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