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).


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.

Fantasy Magazine

June 6, 2010

The launch of Lightspeed this month also got me thinking about its fantasy sister zine, Fantasy Magazine. Also, the World SF blog pointed me at a recent Lavie Tidhar story. Fantasy Magainze has now joined Strange Horizons, Escape Pod and Futurismic as the online sources of fiction that are 100% represented in Tag Shadow. If you’ve enjoyed the stories at Fantasy Magazine stop by and tag them. I’ve gotten the ball rolling by labeling the author, publication year and story length (one novelette, a handful of flash fiction, but mostly solid short story length). Help me out by adding the sub genres, magical creatures, interesting story formats, point of view or any other way you can think of to group the stories.

You can find the Fantasy Magazine TagShadow here.

Escape Pod

May 17, 2010

I’ve officially listed all Escape Pod episodes on TagShadow. The Escape Pod TagShadow was an interesting one, as it’s mostly a “reprint” venue. I entered all the prior appearances of each story (via ISFDB) and thus added to a ton of other TagShadows in the process.

The image at the top of this post is what the Escape Pod TagShadow looked like before the latest update. The image at the bottom of the page is what the Escape Pod TagShadow looks like now. Since I launched user tags recently, I’m hoping to get some input from the large Escape Pod user base. With any luck, the Escape Pod TagShadow will look even more interesting next week.

I’ve imported all the 2009 fiction from Interzone. I’ve not read most of these so the data is limited to author, 2009, illustrator, and the occasional obvious tag taken from the short excerpt. This is a firm reminder that I need to implement the functionality for users to tag these stories.

For now, checkout Interzone TagShadow.