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[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
I wonder how hard it would be in 2018 to review no books by SWM at all? And how long would it take people to notice? People seem diligent about policing various aspects of my core lists...

Date: 2017-06-15 05:00 pm (UTC)
hrj: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hrj
A lot less time to notice when you leave data trails like this!

Date: 2017-06-15 05:13 pm (UTC)
magedragonfire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] magedragonfire
Well, I mean, that is fully six months away, at least. The internet doesn't forget, but it's easy enough to misdirect it for a while.

Date: 2017-06-15 05:52 pm (UTC)
viktor_haag: (Default)
From: [personal profile] viktor_haag

Date: 2017-06-15 06:34 pm (UTC)
jwgh: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jwgh
We're two books into doing this on my YA podcast.

How would I know?

Date: 2017-06-15 07:54 pm (UTC)
hazelchaz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hazelchaz
I can't tell unless you make it explicit. For example, at one point in time, I didn't know if David Gerrold or Octavia Butler were straight white people. (Spoiler: neither of them are.)

Date: 2017-06-16 02:36 am (UTC)
daidoji_gisei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] daidoji_gisei
The idea of you mailing authors to quiz them on their sexual orientation kind of creeps me out, honestly.

Date: 2017-06-16 02:40 pm (UTC)
viktor_haag: (Default)
From: [personal profile] viktor_haag
Good ol' EXIF MakerNote. Abusable in so many ways.

Date: 2017-06-16 04:10 am (UTC)
metahacker: A naked and pixelated Elan, running and shouting "I'm invisible!" (invisible)
From: [personal profile] metahacker
How would you decipher the S part? Or rely on self-identification? Some of us have built-in cloaking devices...

(W may also be slightly hard; M, slightly less so.)

Maybe you should do all but one. Scalzi's the SWM everyone asks to be on their "men in SF" panels, right?

Date: 2017-06-16 07:10 am (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Brilliant idea, probably not impossible.

Worst-case scenario: Some wag offers you $X (or perhaps $Y -- and a pony!) to review a book by your very fave SWM author's new book in 2018. Is there any temptation that you could not resist?

Date: 2017-06-16 07:53 am (UTC)
scott_sanford: (Default)
From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
"I forgot you could tempt me by offering me things I want!" - Bender, on Futurama

Date: 2017-06-16 02:51 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
Man, the shipping on ponies would really eat in to your budget, unless you used Pony Express!

Date: 2017-06-18 02:16 am (UTC)
rwpikul: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rwpikul
Nah, pony shipping is cheap provided you choose the right pairs.

Lyrabon or Taviscratch are next to free, Shinelight on the other hand is probably more than you can afford.

(Sorry, but the first thing that came to mind was someone paying James to review an MLP fanfic.)

Date: 2017-06-18 02:23 am (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne

I did briefly flick over to MLP, but I live in the southwest, so Pony Express came too strongly to mind, and I loved the pun. :-) But the concept of someone paying him to review MLP fanfic does sound quite amusing.  Maybe a Patreon or GoFundMe page? ....

Date: 2017-06-20 12:56 pm (UTC)
rwpikul: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rwpikul
If I had the budget space to commission a review I would be so tempted to point him at a fanfic¹, but it would be Undocumented Features².

1: With the permission of the author, Gryphon might not want the potential attention

2: The sort of fic where this makes sense: "The girls of Houkago Tea Time took a trip on a sky bison to the vacation home of a Norse god where they were greeted by the battleship Yamato wearing a maid's dress."

Date: 2017-06-16 03:36 pm (UTC)
seawasp: (Default)
From: [personal profile] seawasp
I'd think it'd be trivially easy to do; leaving aside the big publishers there are tons of smaller publishers and self-pubbed novels coming out every month.

Date: 2017-06-17 09:30 am (UTC)
julesjones: (Default)
From: [personal profile] julesjones
Hmm. If I really wanted to troll, I could make up a little list from the queer romance sub-genre...

Date: 2017-06-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
julesjones: (Default)
From: [personal profile] julesjones
Some of them do. I'd need to go and dig out details for any other than mine. (I'm somewhat out of touch with the current state of the field, so books that come to mind may not necessarily be with the publisher I last saw them at.)


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