Blurbs and context
When we get reviewed in the theater, there’s always a moment of scanning the review looking for the pull quote. We’ve got to have something we can plaster on brochure’s and flyers. It is always tempting to pull something out of context like pulling, “Amazing!” out of “It’s amazing that anyone came back after intermission.” (Completely fictional example.)
In the writing arena, I quote reviews and mentions here, and yeah, usually focus on the juicy stuff. For instance,
Gardner Dozois talked about his picks for the Nebula short story categories, saying:
My vote would go to Andy Duncan’s “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse,” … My next choice, I guess, would be “For Solo Cello, op. 12,” by Mary Robinette Kowal … followed by “Titanium Mike Saves the Day,” by David D. Levine…
Woot! Gardner Dozois puts me in the number two position! Except… if you read the whole quote.
This is the weakest of the categories.
My vote would go to Andy Duncan’s “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse,” although it’s not even really a fantasy let alone SF–what it is is an Andy Duncan story, who’s a genre to himself, much like Howard Waldrop. Since Duncan is popular with the membership, it might have a chance, although it did appear in an expensive hardcover anthology from a small press.
Not much else here I’m really enthusiastic about. My next choice, I guess, would be “For Solo Cello, op. 12,” by Mary Robinette Kowal, which is SF (but which is probably unlikely to win), followed by …
Ow. Gardner Dozois says, “Not really enthusiastic!” and “Unlikely to win!”
Ah, context… Think I can put that on a poster?