I review self-published and traditionally-published science-fiction novels and short stories. Occasionally, I’ll review movies, boardgames, or computer games with a science-fiction or fantasy theme. I currently have backlogs of stories to read, and of already-read stories to review, but there’s always a chance that I’ll find your story intriguing enough to bump it to the top.
Tell me about your story in the comments section below, and as I’m a binge reader, you may also want to watch the blog for a Calling All Authors post, which indicates I’m about to go on a spree. I receive email at my gmail address, PlanDefCom. Feel free to email again if I don’t respond within a week or two, as I don’t always make it through everything piling up in my inbox.
I’m interested in almost every sub-genre of science fiction, and will consider fantasy as well. Exceptions are listed below.
Romance or Erotica – If either of these are the focus of your story, then it won’t appeal to me. Even if your story is primarily of another sub-genre, I’m likely to be grossed out by an erotic scene.
Horror – I’m not opposed to reading sci-fi with a horror component, but I don’t scare easily. You’ve got ghosts? I’ve seen a lot of battlefields and hospitals; if gruesome deaths caused ghosts, I’d have dealt with dozens by now. You’ve got a creepy doll? Guess how far I can kick a football.
Politics – If you wrote your story to make a political point, rather than to entertain readers, then I’m not interested. Even if I agree with your political views, they aren’t what I’m looking for in my science fiction.
Audiobook – This is my preferred format, as I can listen while driving or exercising. I am willing to consider longer works if they are in this format. I usually get my books through audible.com, but can consider other formats if they’ll work with my device (currently an Ipod shuffle).
Kindle – This is my preferred format for written material, as I’m trying to reduce the clutter of paper books in my home. I prefer Kindle’s .MOBI format to .PDFs, so I can change text size as lighting conditions change.
Length – There’s a good chance I’ll read your 20 page short story. Your 250 page book will have to pull me in with a killer marketing blurb. If you want me to read your 900 page epic, you’ll have to convince me you’re from the future and you’ve written my biography.