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The Issue at Hand - Review

This is one for the real SF nerds. It's a collection of articles, framed around reviews but giving more opinion on what makes a good science fiction story than would be common in a review, written by James Blish in the late 50s and early 60s. Fairly obscure stuff, admittedly - I've only heard of about 10 per cent of the stories and half the authors mentioned - but it is still interesting both from the insights Blish (writing as William Atheling Jr.) gives and from the sheer vitriol he pours on stories he doesn't like, even from revered names such as Asimov and Bradbury. Part of the usefulness to would-be writers of science fiction is that Blish underlines some of the pitfalls they face, whether they be basic writing errors (he tears into a couple of newish authors for the wild variety of alternatives to 'said' they use in reporting dialogue, a classic beginner's mistake) or problems that are specific to the SF genre. The only one of Blish's complaints I woul

Food, obesity and naughty statistics

Imagination's misfires

A fairwell to copper

Listening to music

The Modern Myths - Philip Ball - review

Spot the error

The unworthy attraction of spurious accuracy

Knit your own coffee (sort-of)

Review - Rotherweird - Andrew Caldecott *****

Review - The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England - Ian Mortimer ****

Review - You Are Awful (But I Like You) - Tim Moore

How dodgy statistics can ruin a perfectly good message about recycling

Wild and Game - review

How to Be a Well Being - review

Crow Investigations Series - review

Big number statistics and press release journalism

A Farewell to Schedules

HP Instant Ink - Review

Review - This is Not a Book about Charles Darwin

The BBC and anniversaryitis

Cryptic challenge from the Conundrum Book site

Review: The Nanny State Made Me - Stuart Maconie