Interview with John DeNardo (SF Signal)


Welcome to a new regular feature of interviews with the people behind the science fiction and fantasy blogs and zines that we all read and enjoy so much.

My first guest is John DeNardo, Managing Editor of SF Signal, a speculative fiction blog that has been sharing news, reviews, interviews and lots of other fun stuff for genre fans since 2003. SF Signal is a three-time Hugo Award winner: twice for Best Fanzine and once for Best Fancast. John is also a weekly contributor the Kirkus Reviews Blog, where he writes articles aimed at the mainstream reading masses who don’t realize how much they’d love reading science fiction and fantasy. In between writing articles and editing posts from SF Signal’s spectacular army of contributors, John has been known to fawn over bagels.

SCy-Fy: John, thanks for agreeing to be my first guest. Tell me about a typical blogging day.

JD: A typical blogging day for me consists of: responding to lots of email; organizing interviews, book reviews, guest posts and giveaways; trolling the web for cool things to share with our readers; editing posts from our awesome team of contributors; scheduling the next day’s posts; and sharing stuff on social media.

SCy-Fy: What do you think will be the major challenges for SFF blogging in the future?

JD: Blogging is already a challenge. Newcomers will find it hard to gain an audience. Old hands will find it hard to keep going. Finding your own voice in a sea of blogs is another challenge. I don’t think those challenges will change much.

SCy-Fy: Tips for bloggers? For reviewers? Writers?

JD: Understand your motivation for doing what you do. Do you do it because it’s fun? To share your thoughts with others? For money? For experience? To be accepted by a certain group? Knowing your motivation will help you persevere when things get tough.

SCy-Fy: What has kept you going when things have got tough?

JD: There are many times when, looking at all the time and energy and worry that goes into keeping the blog running, it’s tempting to call it quits. What keeps me going is the appreciation expressed by our readers. They like what we do. Contributing to a community is rewarding in and of itself. Our contributors also keep us going. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are.

SCy-Fy: Just between us – your secret list of useful resources?

JD: There are so many great resources for readers, it’s hard to know where to start. We keep a lot of them in our blogroll. Being that there are so many of them, your favourite RSS newsreader is an essential tool for keeping up with sites that are frequently updated.

SCy-Fy: Pitfalls in SFF blogging that are difficult to avoid?

JD: I don’t know that there are any difficult-to-avoid pitfalls in SFF blogging. There are pitfalls, to be sure, but they are no more difficult to avoid than remembering to treat others with kindness.

SCy-Fy: Posts of yours that have had the most impact or controversy?

JD: Probably our most popular article posts have been Kate Elliott’s The Omniscient Breasts and Abraham’s Private Letter from Genre to Mainstream. Our roundtable-style interview Mind Meld posts are fairly popular as well. More recently, Jamie Todd Rubin’s Daddy, What’s Dungeons & Dragons? was a reader favorite.

SCy-Fy: Let’s finish with the bottom line. The best books of 2014?

JD: As the blog has grown, so has its demands on my reading time. That means I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to. I’m currently in the middle of reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and enjoying it quite a bit. I also really enjoyed The Martian by Andy Weir because that appealed to the problem solving side of my brain. In the “catching up on my reading” category, Dan Abnett’s Ravenor Omnibus was fantastic as well.

SCy-Fy: Which upcoming releases are you most looking forward to reading?

JD: Too many to mention! Some great titles are coming our way. How did that age-old perennial “SciFi is dying” song ever get started?

SCy-Fy: Any last words?

JD: Thanks for the interview!

SCy-Fy: Thank you, John.

I really appreciated that opportunity to hear from behind the blog screen and I hope you did, too. Please join me next time.

Still More Science Fiction and Fantasy Blogs


Here are ten more SFF blogs that I follow and which I think deserve to be better known:

 

http://adventuresinscifipublishing.com/ Adventures in SciFi Publishing

http://fantasyreviewbarn.com

http://booktionary.blogspot.com Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf

http://mybookishways.com My Bookish Ways

http://sfpotpourri.blogspot.com SF Potpourri

http://speculativebookreview.blogspot.com Speculative Book Review

http://qwillery.blogspot.com Qwillery

http://tsanasreads.blogspot.com Tsana’s Reads and Reviews

http://weirdmage.blogspot.com Weirdmage’s Reviews

http://elitistbookreviews.com Elitist Book Reviews

 

More Science Fiction and Fantasy Blogs


I previously posted lists of well-and lesser-known SFF blogs. Here are 15 further blogs that I follow that I think should be better known. Happy reading!

Science Fiction and Fantasy Bloggers on Twitter 3


https://twitter.com/FantasyFaction

https://twitter.com/sffworld

https://twitter.com/io9

https://twitter.com/BookwormBlues

https://twitter.com/layersofthought

https://twitter.com/RantingDragon

https://twitter.com/booksmugglers

https://twitter.com/niallalot

https://twitter.com/fantasycafe

https://twitter.com/MihaiDarkWolf

https://twitter.com/FanBooRev

https://twitter.com/pornokitsch

https://twitter.com/OffworldersPub

https://twitter.com/candacemom2two

https://twitter.com/SFXmagazine

https://twitter.com/suvudu

https://twitter.com/doctorow

Science Fiction and Fantasy Bloggers on Twitter 1


https://twitter.com/SFReviewsnet

https://twitter.com/RevolutionSF

https://twitter.com/FanLit

https://twitter.com/Scienfiction

https://twitter.com/SciFi

https://twitter.com/blastr

https://twitter.com/sfsignal

https://twitter.com/CuratedFantasy

https://twitter.com/varietysf

https://twitter.com/we_hyperbolists

https://twitter.com/RoSF

https://twitter.com/otbsff

https://twitter.com/MadHatterReview

https://twitter.com/QQwill

https://twitter.com/mybookishways

https://twitter.com/WWEnd

https://twitter.com/SciFiandSuch

https://twitter.com/specbookreview

https://twitter.com/ElitistReviews

https://twitter.com/RobHBedford

https://twitter.com/SkiffyandFanty

https://twitter.com/CoodeStreet

https://twitter.com/fantasy_books

https://twitter.com/ATG_Reviews

https://twitter.com/epicfantasyden

https://twitter.com/graemesfantasyb

https://twitter.com/Weirdmage

https://twitter.com/elquesogrande1

https://twitter.com/garykwolfe

https://twitter.com/SFPotpourri

https://twitter.com/thebestSFbooks

https://twitter.com/TwoDudeSFF

https://twitter.com/Pabkins

https://twitter.com/shelfconfession

https://twitter.com/OnStarshipsBlog

https://twitter.com/rnydayramblings

https://twitter.com/lynnemthomas

https://twitter.com/afantasyreader

https://twitter.com/sraets

https://twitter.com/Werthead

https://twitter.com/stefanBookshelf

https://twitter.com/nethspace

https://twitter.com/EffingRainbow

https://twitter.com/Pallekenl

https://twitter.com/YetiStomper

https://twitter.com/SciFiTwts

https://twitter.com/BiblioSanctum

https://twitter.com/BaenBooks

https://twitter.com/MMOGC

https://twitter.com/patremagne

https://twitter.com/SciFiction

https://twitter.com/DavesFandSFW

https://twitter.com/swordandlaser

https://twitter.com/AISFPpodcast

https://twitter.com/ltrombi

https://twitter.com/SpiralGalaxy

https://twitter.com/yagiz

https://twitter.com/bibliotropic

https://twitter.com/TheSciFiChick

https://twitter.com/paulgoatallen

https://twitter.com/RinnReads

https://twitter.com/SciFiMonth

Science Fiction and Fantasy Groups on Social Media


Here is a list of social media science fiction and fantasy groups of which I am a member. They are of many different types, so there should be something for everyone. Happy reading!

 

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/groups/scififan/ Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Fans

https://www.facebook.com/groups/88515887871/ UK Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror Network

https://www.facebook.com/groups/grimdarkfiction/ Grimdark Fiction Readers and Writers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2264175753/ Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Group

 

GOOGLE+

https://plus.google.com/communities/115072163006416889573 Science Fiction

https://plus.google.com/communities/112485722175932324325 Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

https://plus.google.com/communities/114302525007774325986 SF &/or Fantasy

https://plus.google.com/communities/102687275953563937947 ScienceFiction.com

 

GOODREADS

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/45059-sci-fi-and-heroic-fantasy Sci-Fi and Heroic Fantasy

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/967-apocalypse-whenever Apocalypse Whenever

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/120232-flights-of-fantasy Flights of Fantasy

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/48322-sci-fi-aficionados Sci Fi Aficionados

 

REDDIT

http://www.reddit.com/r/scifi/ SCIFI

http://www.reddit.com/r/sciencefiction/ Science Fiction

http://www.reddit.com/r/printSF/ PrintSF

http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy_Bookclub/ Fantasy Bookclub