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Kudos to editors Rob and Karina Fabian for their first official review of Infinite Space, Infinite God II. There are a lot of solid positive reviews, but alas, the reviewer did not care for Dyads.

That's okay. Reading is a subjective art and we all remember puzzlement over stories we enjoyed that others did not like and vice versa. Personally, I was surprised at what this reviewer saw in the story and its emphasis, but I have learned that people being people will carry away different perspectives and themes that I never intended (or did not see myself) in a tale that I have written.

The next reviewer may love the tale.

When you get a negative review, the best advice is to read it carefully and glean what truth from it that you can. Then you put it behind you and move on, crafting your art and always, always learning.

And allow me to share with you one professional tip: Never, NEVER respond to a negative review. I know of no author who has ever won trying to defend their work against a reviewer's impressions.

And, by the bye, I have received far, far worse. Twice in my writing career I have received rejection notices that were blistering. One I actually deserved. ;-)

Write on!


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Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
I read it and yeah, this was obviously the wrong person to read the story if she finds anthropomorphic characters "disgusting".

Oh well, remember, critics are the bottom of the artistic barrel. She probably couldn't come up with an original idea to save her life, so no wonder she despises one when she sees it.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
It's okay, Eric. Every critic speaks from their own very personal and very subjective worldview.

She didn't like the story. The next critic may love it. We take the good with the bad and we don't stop perfecting our art.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Yes but *sighs* I know how long you and Ken worked on this story. Seeing it be so blithely dismissed bothers me.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Funny thing was, the reviewer snarked on the Thalendri as "too alien" and "too much Other".

1) Too much Other? They're visibly NOT human, remember? Maybe reviewer was too used to Funny Forehead People? Or the Cult of Ugliness AWAPs (As Weird As Possible) you get in post-New Wave Serious Literary (TM) SF?

2) And I expected just the opposite denunciation -- that they "weren't alien enough", "humans in fursuits", "they're FURRIES (TM), not Aliens!"

With ISIG1, I remember trying to get a review copy to this newspaper-format house organ for Arizona SF fandom. After all my effort, their review of the book (before all AZ fandom) was basically a snark on Invisible Sky Fairies and Flying Spaghetti Monsters.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yes but *sighs* I know how long you and Ken worked on this story. Seeing it be so blithely dismissed bothers me.

1) It's FURRY. And you know about Those FURRIES.

2) No Sparkly Vampires.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
It looks like the right sort of negative reaction -- the story made enough of an impact to make the reviewer think about it, even if she criticised the pacing. Someone just may read that review and think, "Sentient foxes practicing Christianity? Sounds interesting!"
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
One hopes so!
Nov. 23rd, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Someone just may read that review and think, "Sentient foxes practicing Christianity? Sounds interesting!"

Aand that'd be me ^_^
Nov. 25th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, but they DON'T practice Christianity. That's vital to the story and what makes it so fascinating. Learn more about the individual stories at www.isigsf.com

Karina Fabian
Nov. 23rd, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
I just ordered my own copy. Can't wait! :D
Nov. 23rd, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I got to read "Dyads" in early draft; you should love that one!
Nov. 24th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Just read "Dyads" last night, and I loved it! :D
Nov. 24th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
If the one author doesn't see it here first, I'll be sure to tell him!

BTW, what did you think of the story's finish? I hear it's been changed from the original draft.
Nov. 25th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I liked it, though it felt a little abrupt... but that may have just been because I finished it at 2am! I couldn't put it down lol I might re-read the last few sections just to make sure :)
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