Earlier this week saw the end of SF Mistresswork’s first full calendar year. After a small hiatus towards the end of 2011, the website settled into a routine for 2012. I posted two reviews a week from January through to September, but then had to drop to one review a week. Unless I get a sudden huge influx of suitable reviews, I’m afraid I’ll have to maintain that schedule. So the good news is I plan to keep SF Mistressworks going for as long as, well, as long as there are books to review for it. Running this site has changed my reading habits and introduced me to a huge number of twentieth century science fiction authors completely new to me, and I hope it has done the same for others.
For the record, in 2012 SF Mistressworks posted reviews of 72 books, 6 reviews of books previously reviewed by other hands on the site, and a review of one book that has now been reviewed three times on SF Mistressworks (fittingly, it is The Female Man by Joanna Russ). Not all of the reviews were original to SF Mistressworks, but that has never been a requirement.
Those 72 books were by 44 writers. One was an anthology. The most-reviewed author was Sheri S Tepper, with 7 books, closely followed by Andre Norton and Joanna Russ with 5 each, and then Ursula K Le Guin with 4. Writers that were new to me personally included Jayge Carr, Rena Vale, Jo Clayton, Marta Randall, Amy Thomson, Maxine MacArthur, Tess Williams and Phyllis Gotlieb. There were also a number in the anthology New Eves, and I hope to track down novels by them.
I’d like to thanks everyone who provided reviews during 2012: Joachim Boaz, Admiral Ironbombs, Larry Nolen, Martin Lewis, Adam Roberts, Martin Wisse, Cheryl Morgan, SueCCCP, Grace Troxel, Requires Hate, Nic Clarke, Aliette de Bodard and Carl Vincent. I hope you’ll all continue to contribute.
Finally, SF Mistressworks would like to wish everyone a prosperous and happy 2013. Don’t forget, reviews are always needed. And feel free to spread the word about SF Mistressworks. There are still thousands of books to review before we can call this website complete…