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Happy One Year Anniversary to!

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Birthday Cake!Well, it has been one year since my first post on this website.  Yep, way back on December 19th, 2007 I started out by posting a review of Cory Doctorow’s story “Craphound.”  At the time I wasn’t sure how long I would last just posting reviews of short science fiction pieces, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how things have turned out.  In the past year I have read over 130 great science fiction stories, I have conversed with many cool people, and I have even made enough money to pay for my web hosting service!  Thanks to all of you who follow my site and read the stuff I write – without you I would have given up long ago.

I often get asked about which stories are the best, so I decided to make a list of my favorite ones that I’ve read in the past year.  For the most part I prefer newer stories by more recent authors, but there are good ones from all eras and by a variety of different authors.  Anyway, here they are – in no particular order:

Along the way I have also met some very nice people who run some amazing web sites and blogs.  I know I point them out all the time, but they are good enough for me to point out once again!

  • Tinkoo at Variety SF – some very in-depth reviews of science fiction stories and books.
  • John at SF Signal – loads of funny stuff, plus he often writes about SF short stories.
  • Blue Tyson at Free SF Reader – thousands of links to (and ratings of) free SF stories
  • Dave at QuasarDragon – many links to free stories, comics, RPGs and various other cool things.
  • Jason Sanford – just a nice guy who has written some very good stories – oh and a cool blog too.
  • James W. Harris – who runs a very interesting blog, and has lots of experience with science fiction.
  • All of you!    – Yep, the many people who have emailed me and left comments have made this blog loads of fun!  Thanks!

So hopefully I can make it another year.  I am finishing up my last semester for a computer science degree – plus I work full time and have a family too, so sometimes I don’t write as often as I like but I always get back to reviewing short science fiction.  Here is what I hope to accomplish in the coming year:

  • One or two reviews a week until I finish up my CS degree
  • Ask more bloggers and authors what their favorite sf stories are
  • Get some good guest reviews

Anyway, I hope you’re all enjoying this site.  If you have any suggestions for how to make it better, or just want to chat, then by all means contact me – and feel free to leave a comment wishing me a happy one year anniversary!


8 thoughts to “Happy One Year Anniversary to!”

  1. Rusty, congratulations is in order. I have been visiting your site throughout this year and enjoyed your offerings. Have a great New Year.

  2. Good luck Rusty, & wish you a great many more years of sf interest. And best wishes for Christmas & new year too. And thanks for naming me.

  3. Congratulations on one year! I really enjoy this site and plan to remedy my infrequent visits this year by being a more regular reader. Gloom, despair, and agony on you. 😉

    Just kidding, I promise to behave.

  4. Thanks for your comments guys,

    I guess gloom, despair and agony isn’t too bad – doesn’t that stuff make for better writers? 😉

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