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    SF Review Sites

    I'm curious what people consider to be the top sci fi review sites.

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    Amazon.

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    Unfortunately, there aren't enough SF review sites out there (that I've found anyway) so I'd be anxious to see what others suggest as well, but the few that I've found are the following:

    www.sfsite.com/home.htm - okay, but not great lately

    www.sfreviews.net/index.html - okay, has done a lot more in the past, and have enjoyed most past reviews

    www.cybermage.se - random blog from Sweden, but the guy is on his game and let's me know what's coming out in the future
    ww.goodreads.com - not focused specifically on Sci-fi, but has a lot of members

    and, of course, sffworld.com

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    I've use Google Chrome's new function to block sites in its search engine so I don't see goodreads and company, since they never have good info in my experience; the site is mostly filled with soundbites-lenght reviews, or no reviews at all.

    The best results I've obtained have always been through the use of the following Search words: review "[title] [author's name]"

    Reviews are spread out per personal reading preferences of the reviewers, so you can never base yourself on one site alone to find all of your review needs.

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    An obvious URL but I always liked this guy's reviews:

    http://www.sfreviews.com/

    And a good Asimov-only one:

    http://www.asimovreviews.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ropie View Post
    An obvious URL but I always liked this guy's reviews:

    http://www.sfreviews.com/
    Alternatively, http://www.sfreviews.net/

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    Our own Chitman has a good site (90% sf/10% fantasy or so) although he just went on indefinite hiatus:

    http://www.walkerofworlds.com/

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    I don't consider any sites to be TOP. The majority of reviewers hardly talk about the science or technology in the story and how it relates to any relevance to reality. There is plenty of talk about characterization and world building like it is hardly any different from fantasy.

    http://hardsf.org/index.htm

    Is this enough?

    http://208.100.59.10/cgi-bin/index.cgi

    http://www.astrosociety.org/educatio...ces/scifi.html

    http://www.goldenageofscifi.com/

    http://scifidude.blogspot.com/2010/0...fan-needs.html

    http://urbanhonking.com/spacecanon/

    http://sfandfantasymasterworks.blogspot.com/

    http://scifistandpoint.wordpress.com...hildhoods-end/

    http://www.nvcc.edu/home/ataormina/beyond/sitemap.html

    I've got more.

    http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/reviews/

    Of course this can't be the best sci-fi community with Darth Vader on the front page.

    http://www.lunch.com/forbidden_planet

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    SFFWorld also reviews, as many of our members know:

    http://www.sffworld.com/brevofflast.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by psikeyhackr View Post
    I don't consider any sites to be TOP. The majority of reviewers hardly talk about the science or technology in the story and how it relates to any relevance to reality. There is plenty of talk about characterization and world building like it is hardly any different from fantasy.
    There are a ton of pop-science or natural philosophy books out there, some written by top names in their field and with tons of sfnal like speculation if that's the reason you read sf, namely "the science or technology in the story and how it relates to any relevance to reality".

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    Quote Originally Posted by suciul View Post
    There are a ton of pop-science or natural philosophy books out there, some written by top names in their field and with tons of sfnal like speculation if that's the reason you read sf, namely "the science or technology in the story and how it relates to any relevance to reality".
    Who said there was only ONE reason I read SF. But I have also said that young kids shold read it to get ideas into their minds while they are still plastic. What does it matter what SF people over 40 read?

    Newtonian Physics is 300+ years old. If people can't understand the importance of the distribution of steel in a skyscraper we have some serious problems.

    http://psikeyhackr.livejournal.com/1276.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by psikeyhackr View Post
    Who said there was only ONE reason I read SF. But I have also said that young kids shold read it to get ideas into their minds while they are still plastic. What does it matter what SF people over 40 read?

    Newtonian Physics is 300+ years old. If people can't understand the importance of the distribution of steel in a skyscraper we have some serious problems.

    http://psikeyhackr.livejournal.com/1276.html

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    i utterly disagree; people should read just to read so to speak; ideas will come, do not worry and trying to force feed them only turns off people from reading

    as for knowing stuff, again understanding social dynamics may be as crucial as understanding physics for example and i am not particularly worried that science loses ground as ultimately (at least so far) the facts win always out whatever particular foibles (eg overpopulation or catastrophic climate change) are hyped at one moment or another that the public seemed not to get for good reasons as it turned out in the overpopulation thingy and I am pretty sure in the climate-scare of today (science/tech will take care of stuff here in time too)

    other foibles like ID are just that and while they may get the odd vote and odd book choice in school, they are still inconsequential in the grand scheme of things

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    Quote Originally Posted by suciul View Post
    i utterly disagree; people should read just to read so to speak
    Me too, but that's his schtick

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    Quote Originally Posted by suciul View Post
    i utterly disagree; people should read just to read so to speak; ideas will come, do not worry and trying to force feed them only turns off people from reading
    People should read for whatever reason they want. But why read to accomplish one purpose if the same amount of reading will accomplish two or three purposes? It might just be a question of what to read.

    Whoever said anything about FORCE FEEDING? You don't think concepts can just be easily assimilated with the reading? Here are two examples in order to avoid vague generalizations:

    Omnilingual, by H. Beam Piper
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19445...-h/19445-h.htm

    The People of the Crater, by Andre Norton
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30960...-h/30960-h.htm

    Andre Norton was often entertaining but other stuff was far more informative and just as entertaining. But there was no way to tell until after I had read it. The marketing people don't describe sci-fi they are trying to sell as shallow entertainment.

    This explains the substance to the first story.

    http://tenser.typepad.com/tenser_sai...ngual_by_.html

    So two kids could read 50 books each and both be entertained but one could encounter a lot of information and ideas while the other could learn almost nothing. If the so called science fiction is no better than Harry Potter then why call it SCIENCE fiction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psikeyhackr View Post
    If the so called science fiction is no better than Harry Potter then why call it SCIENCE fiction?psik
    To me it was always science FICTION, not SCIENCE fiction. Literally, in the stress on the different words in the phrase. It's fiction first and anything else is secondary.

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