Here’s a break from all the mutilation-fetish stuff that’s been spreading across the ‘crawl lately: some good news to mitigate the bad. As some of you have noticed, Tor.com has recently released the results of their (admittedly unscientific) readers poll for the Best SF/Fantasy books of the past decade, and Blindsight hasn’t budged from its preliminary perch at #4. Given that #2 and #3 are both fantasy novels (fantasy massively outnumbers SF on the list), one could even say that Tor.com readers chose Blindsight as the decade’s #2 science fiction novel, right after Scalzi’s unbeatable Old Man’s War (which is, for those few who haven’t yet heard, soon to be a Major Motion Picture).
This is a way better showing than I had ever expected, especially given Blindsight‘s sales figures compared to those of, well, pretty much every other book on the list. I owe its ranking to you folks and you folks alone. You turned out in droves when I said Grrrr, let’s show those guys. We did. You did. Thank you.
And now Elizabeth Bear — aka Ursabelle to, well, to me I guess (although I think it’s a very cool nickname and cannot understand why it hasn’t caught on; it’s a helluva lot easier to pronounce than “matociquala”) — has penned a marvellous and hard-edged appreciation of Blindsight over here, as part of the series Tor.com has commissioned for each of the top ten. The presence of people like Ursabelle, down there across the impassable 49th, is the only reason I can’t dismiss my banishment from the US with a contemptuous shrug. It seems odd that a few power-tripping and illiterate fucktards lurking beneath the Blue Water Bridge should be able to so easily impede my access to beloved friends.
They haven’t cut it off entirely, though. You guys can always come up here.