This is a listing of where to find quality science fiction and fantasy criticism and story reviews. For the backstory on why I created this list go to my Patreon. But in short, I've been reviewing SF/F short stories using the hashtag #JasonReadShortStories, someone complained, so I decided to showcase the other reviews/criticism found online.
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- Social media platforms such as Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter. Yes, you can find quality reviewing and criticism on social media. To find these reviewers and critics search hashtags like #DiverseBookBloggers or look for people such as Vanessa Fogg and A. Merc Rustad who also use their accounts to review fiction.
- A few of the quality online SF/F short fiction reviewers include Maria Haskins, Charles Payseur (both on Quick Sip Reviews and his column at Book Smugglers), and Forest of Glory.
- Bogi Takács writes a column for Tor.com exploring classics of QUILTBAG+ speculative fiction. Bogi also reviews at Bogi Reads the World, which is a must-read site, and has written excellent threads on supporting diverse SF/F reviewing.
- Tor.com publishes criticism such as Liz Bourke 's Sleeps With Monsters (focusing on the successes and failures of media in terms of portraying women) along with other critiques and reviews.
- Little Red Reviewer covers books and short fiction.
- Abigail Nussbaum writes a regular column on the academic site Lawyers, Guns, and Money.
- Aidan Moher reviews on both Tor.com and Barnes and Noble's site.
- Nerds of a Feather reviews genre books and related works.
- SF Bluestocking focuses on reviews and related commentary around SF/F and feminism.
- The NY Times' Otherworldly column, originally written by N.K. Jemisin and now covered by Amal El-Mohtar, is published multiple times a year.
- Swapna Krishna writes SF/F reviews for the LA Times and for SFFY Wire.
- Ada Hoffmann reviews autistic SF/F.
- Locus publishes probably the most comprehensive reviewing in the SF/F genre. As a bonus Locus recently added a new group of reviewers to their magazine, including Rachel Swirsky and Karen Burnham.
- Interzone and Black Static continue to publish excellent in-depth literary criticism, interviews, and reviews along with regular columns by Nina Allan, Jonathan McCalmont, Lynda Rucker, and others.
- Strange Horizons publishes regular reviews and criticism.
- SF Magazines offers SF/F and horror short fiction reviews.
- Tangent Online reviews most magazines in the SF/F genre. They also release an annual recommended reading list.
- The Cascadia Subduction Zone from Aqueduct Press publishes SF/F criticism and reviews from feminist perspectives. Reviews Editor is Nisi Shawl and Managing Editor is Arrate Hidalgo.
- Rocket Stack Rank continues to rank genre short fiction.
- Book Smugglers remains one of the premier SF/F review sites around. In particular I like their monthly Women to Read column by A.C. Wise, a continuation of her former SF Signal column (which is archived on her website).
- A.C. Wise also reviews stories at Apex Magazine.
- Cat Rambo reviews short fiction in magazines and anthologies at The Green Man Review.
- Kirkus reviews SF/F books, with some reviewers like John DeNardo even doing featured columns for the publication.
- The New York Review of Science Fiction continues its long run of criticism and now includes a good deal of content on their website.
- Speculative Fiction in Translation reviews works from around the world which have been translated into English.
- Science Fiction Studies is published three times a year (March, July, November) by SF-TH Inc. at DePauw University.
- Steve Fahnestalk reviews long and short form SF/F works on Amazing Stories.
- James Davis Nicoll reviews SF/F books.
- The BSFA Review contains a number of reviews.
- And don't forget the many podcasts which do critical reviews and commentary, such as Breaking the Glass Slipper, the Skiffy & Fanty Show, Alan & Jeremy Vs Science Fiction, and Storyological.
Please note this list only focuses on English language reviews and criticism, and doesn't include book-length criticism released by publishers such as the University of Illinois Press (with their Modern Masters of Science Fiction series) and NESFA Press.
If my list missed anyone please let me know.