Sunday, December 12, 2010

[News] In Which I try to Conquer the Internet

Me & my minions. 'Overlord' by Red Devil

Normally, Sundays are dedicated to either Twitter Talks [where I ask the questions on Twitter and then post them here] or Beyond the Wordcount [where I ask authors a question and then supply the answer]. However, it's December, the month of cheer [or sneer] and holidays, so I will pull the oldest number in the book and deviate from structure. I will announce some news about my plans to conquer the Internet.

In short, it's happening.

First, I'll review on a semi-regular basis for The Portal: "a free, volunteer-run, online review of short-form science fiction, fantasy, and horror from around the world." It's exciting, because my non-fiction will undergo heavy duty editing. Something I've not experienced before [with my non-fiction] and to be honest the first draft I received bled red. Very thrilling as I'm learning my weaknesses and so far it seems to me that I'm running around in circles.

Since I'm on the subject, you can check out my first review. I got to read Lightspeed magazine Issue 6 [HERE]:

"Genre-wise, Lightspeed focuses on all aspects of science fiction from near-future to hard SF with intergalactic travel. In Issue 6, I got a glimpse of what science fiction has to offer with stories discussing emotional outsourcing, genetic body modifications, time travel and intergalactic CDC. However, between all four stories featured, there was a mutual theme of how technology impacts human life, but also the personal choice of the characters and whether they choose to allow technology to completely alter their existence."

Second, I'm also a review [on a regular basis] for Rise Reviews run by Bart Leib and soon to be officially launched in January 2011. The site's main focus is on fiction and non-fiction, which received below professional level payment [semi-pro and below]. In this category are to be found the small presses. The site is still under construction, so I link will come later and I've yet to start my pick for their launch [Monstrous Creatures edited by Jeff Vandermeer].

Third, I decided to become a bit more proactive about steampunk. I enjoy the aesthetic of it, but I'm yet to acquaint myself with the cultural and literary side. Which is why I'm the newest member of Beyond Victoriana as the newbie steampunker. As a book reviewer I will review books, but I also will be writing historical pieces on my country's history during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. I'm on my first assignment, which is of a book reviewing nature and it involves Jules Verne.

So these are my news. I'm going to work my butt off in 2011. It'd be wise to get more organized.


T.S. Bazelli said...

Tell me again how you have time to do all this? Just teasing you. Good luck! I expect great things form you in the next year!

Harry Markov said...

DO NOT ASK ME THAT. You will break all suspension of disbelief.

Sarah (Bookworm Blues) said...

Wow, that's really awesome! It must keep you busy but that's great that you're progress toward virtual domination is one more huge step in the right direction.

Harry Markov said...

I know. I can soon assume the title OVERLORD. :D :D :D Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Glad that you've incorporated Beyond Victoriana in your quest for world domination. ^_~

I'm also going to be a reviewer for The Portal too! Glad to see that I'll be working with other awesome people.

Harry Markov said...

Most naturally. Expand and conquer all subgenres of speculative fiction & way to go on the spot at The Portal. Major news. :)

Carl V. said...

That is awesome! I'm going to be doing some reviewing for The Portal as well. Glad to be in such good company.

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