2013 Awards

March 17, 2013

It’s been a while since I made any updates, but I’ve been thinking a lot recently about improving both the design and functionality of the site.  It’s time for an update and I decided to get the best of the best from 2012 entered by starting with the Awards.  Resources like Mark R. Kelly’s wonderful Science Fiction Award Database make this significantly less of a chore.


SF Signal alerted me to the launch of Orbit’s digital short fiction program which seemed like a good thing to include in TagShadow. I have done so (I’ll add the Brent Weeks novella when it becomes available).

I’ve started making sure that all the books on the locus bestseller list are represented on TagShadow. This has, in past months led to me adding entire series, just for good measure (see Dresden Files and Sookie Sackhouse). Be sure to check out the full list on the locus website. Even better, grab a copy of the magazine, which follows the list every month with a list of notable new books and short descriptions. This month’s issue is focused on Steam Punk, so be sure to keep checking back to the Steam Punk TagShadow as I update it with everything I learn from the issue.

All titles, authors and publishers link to the appropriate page on TagShadow. Explore from there and be sure to contribute your own tags!


  1. Naamah’s Curse, Jacqueline Carey (Grand Central)
  2. Mission of Honor, David Weber (Baen)
  3. Bullet, Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley)
  4. Dead in the Family, Charlaine Harris (Ace)
  5. The Passage, Justin Cronin (Ballantine)
  6. Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc)
  7. WWW: Watch, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace)
  8. Changes, Jim Butcher (Roc)
  9. For the Win, Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen)
  10. Mouse & Dragon, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen)


  1. The Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff (DAW)
  2. Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
  3. Naamah’s Kiss, Jacqueline Carey (Grand Central)
  4. The Spy Who Haunted Me, Simon R. Green (Roc)
  5. The White Road, Lynn Flewelling (Ballantine Spectra)
  6. Dead and Gone, Charlaine Harris (Ace)
  7. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor)
  8. WWW: Wake, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace)
  9. Skin Trade, Laurell K. Hamilton (Jove)
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Del Rey)


  1. The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books
  2. The Host, Stephenie Meyer (Back Bay Books)
  3. The Magicians, Lev Grossman (Plume)
  4. Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Books)

The locus list links books to IndieBound and TagShadow always offers IndieBound as one of it’s purchase links. I’d always encourage you to support your local independent bookstore.

Hugo Winners 2010

September 7, 2010

The 2010 Hugo Award Winners have been announced, and I’ve updated Tagshadow accordingly (see links below).

  • Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK); The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
  • Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace, Orbit)
  • Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)
  • Best Short Story: “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)
  • Best Related Book: This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)
  • Best Editor Long Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Best Editor Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan
  • Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
  • Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl
  • Best Fanzine: StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith
  • Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster

And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): Seanan McGuire

Space Opera

August 3, 2010

First I entered the stories from The New Space Opera and The New Space Opera 2. Then I entered the recommendations from this SF Signal Mind Meld. The end result is that the Space Opera TagShadow is rather fleshed out. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Author and Random Links

June 26, 2010

I’ve been adding links to Author’s home pages. I’m about halfway through the Author Tag Could. I’m also adding links to the author’s page on the Free Speculative Fiction Online website. I’m constantly inspired by the work Richard has put into that website.

Google indexed the Read a Random Story (that particular link will redirect you to a random story published in 2010 and featured on TagShadow) and similar links. That resulted in some rather odd search results. I’ll leave the discovery of what I mean as an exercise to the reader. That was NOT my intended result, so I’ve updated my robots.txt file. Hopefully things will clear up. In a similar vein, I need to set up some 301 redirects to the shiny new “work” pages with the title in the URL.

People are an important part of stories. They write them, they edit them, they draw pretty pictures about them. The general convention is that we order people by their last name. I’ve updated the Author, Editor and Illustrator tag clouds to be sorted alphabetically by last name. Also I added some prominent links to this blog