In voting for the 2014 Hugo Awards, I set out to apply my Modified SPUNARPU method. As I began reading/looking/listening, I soon found that my sanity required me to amend my rules slightly. Here, then, is my method, with the amendments to my rules added in bold. Slush-peruse (read, watch, listen until I’ve had enough) all nominated…

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An evil dictator has taken over the realm of writing critique. She has held sway for years now, if not decennia, and has cowed writers both green and experienced into near-blind obedience. Her dogma has become the staple of writing feedback, to such an extent that reviewers fear to leave out her central tenet: Show,…

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