Saturday Waffling (June 20th, 2015)


There is a prominent Doctor Who site that I have very strong suspicions engages in deeply fraudulent and exploitative practices with regards to their advertising. I was a victim of this scam, but managed to get my money back (by threatening to go public with the evidence I had), which led me to remain silent at the time, but I've since come across a corroborating story that convinces me that this was not an isolated incident. However, I would like to get my ducks in a row and have a rock solid case that this wasn't just me before I name the site.

The mechanics of this scam involve getting cold emailed by the owner of the site, who will offer supposedly discounted advertising rates for a three month banner ad on their site, offering thousands of clicks for a price measuring in the hundreds of pounds depending on the size of the ad you buy, and generally assuring you of the quality of advertising with his site and the remuneration you will get. In reality, his ad will net you at best a few dozen clicks, and no sales to speak of.

If you've been the victim of this scam, please get in touch - my email is snowspinner, and it's a gmail account. This appears to be a nasty and knowingly malicious predator ripping off numerous members of the Doctor Who community. Please help me expose him. In particular, if you did any ad tracking and can confirm the actual traffic his site generates compared to what he boasts, that would be helpful.

In other news, the usual suspects are now declaring a boycott of Tor Books for reasons that are so typically dogshit that I'm not even going to get into them. Anyway, Tor is publishing most of what's interesting in mainstream science fiction and fantasy these days, including the forthcoming novel All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, which I'll have a review of sometime soon. They're a good press; not a perfect one, but what "a perfect press" means is beyond me anyway, so who cares.

So I think you should go wander over by their site, find a book you want to buy, and buy it. I promise, they've got something you want, even if it's just the 99 cent ebook version of "As Good as New," which is the actual Best Short Story of 2014. So please, give them a boost of confidence that the people who support non-fascist science fiction and fantasy outnumber the people spamming them with e-mails and calling for their heads.

As for discussion... well, what's your favorite thing Tor has published? Novel, short story, article, whatever. Let's celebrate one of the good guys.

Past that, a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell review will be along tonight.


Alex Antonijevic 5 years, 8 months ago

Way, way too many to list.

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timber-munki 5 years, 8 months ago

The Charles Stross Merchant Prince series, as well as a few of his The Laundry short stories in e-book form. Also the first couple of Gene Wolfe The Book of the New Sun books off the top of my head.

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storiteller 5 years, 8 months ago

I really love John Scalzi's books, especially the latest, Lock-In and an old and weird one, The Android's Dream.

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Graham Warnken 5 years, 8 months ago

Among Others by Jo Walton remains one of my favorite novels of all time, as does Spin by Robert Charles Wilson.

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Graham Warnken 5 years, 8 months ago

Also, in terms of anthologies attempting to cover an entire subgenre The Weird edited by the VanderMeers is as close as you're likely to get to definitive.

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