July 2017 in Review

July

20 books read. 11 by women (55%), 8 by men (40%), 1 by NB (5%)

Works by POC: 7 (35%)

Year to Date

146 works reviewed. 79 by women (54%). 63 by men (43%). 4 by non-binary authors (3%).

Works by POC: 46.5 (32%)

And now, the meaningless table.


Key: WNB stands for “women and non-binary genders”, while POC stands for “person of colour”. R/R stands for “reviews/reviewers”. For R/R the percentage represents the site’s R/R over my 2015 R/R. SFX is actually called SFX; it is not short for anything. Same with io9. F&SF is the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. SFS is Science Fiction Studies. LARB is the Los Angeles Review of Books. CSZ is the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Review source Total WNB WNB % POC POC % Reviewers R/R R/R %
JNR 2015 329 195 59 45 14 1 329 100
Locus 324 163 50 22 7 17 19 5.7
JNR 2016 255 163.5 64 62.5 25 1 255 78
SFX 165 48 29 10 6 30 5.5 1.5
Romantic Times 146 84 57 14 10 (incorrect) n/a N/a
JNR 2017 146 83 57 46.5 32 1 146 44.4
Tor 141 66 47 18 13 27 5.2 1.6
Strange Horizons 139 66 48 30 22 80 1.7 0.5
Rising Shadows 83 25 30 1 1 2 41.5 12.6
Interzone 67 21 31 7 10 19 3.5 1
F&SF 59 32 54 5 9 5 11.8 3.6
Analog 58 10 17 3 4 1 58 17.6
Io9 56 17 30 12 21 10 5.6 1.7
Asimov’s 53 21 23 3 6 3 17.7 5.4
Vector 52 18 35 4 8 26 2 0.6
SFS 45 48 21 2 4 38 1.2 0.3
NYRSF 42 11 26 6 13 24 1.8 0.5
Foundation 38 9 24 1 3 27 1.4 0.4
LARB 35 11 31 7 20 28 1.3 0.4
Lightspeed 28 16? 57 14 50 3 9.3 2.8
CSZ 23 19 80 8 35 17 1.4 0.4

I am making progress on the non-binary front but only in terms of books. In terms of authors, I am still narrow focus. I’ve read more books by POC than this time last year (46.5 versus 34) but fiddling about with numbers says at 4 or 5 books by POC I will only have reviewed 66 to 71 books by POC by the end of December. The low end is not significantly better than 2016. It’s a good thing I am neither competitive nor obsessed with my statistics.

At 20 books a month, by year’s end I will probably edge out everyone but Locus’ army of reviewers, in terms of total reviews. Ah, well. And Locus will have reviewed slightly more WNB authors than I will by years end. At least I can console myself that I am about 27 times as productive thus far as the median reviewer is in a year.


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