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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:42 pm 
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Some figures produced by Strange Horizons, including those for Interzone:-

http://www.strangehorizons.com/blog/201 ... ount.shtml

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Room for improvement, obviously, but I can generally only review what the publishers choose to send us. And - yes - I do hassle them for more stuff by women authors. Hopefully I've also added a few more women reviewers to the pool this year, but it's something that I do worry about. It must be said that we have a pool of excellent reviewers who, along with their other qualities, do not restrict their choice of reviewing material because of the gender of the author. But they do have to have the choice in the first place.

There are omissions in the survey, of course. It includes Asimov's Science Fiction but omits its stablemate, Analog, which is the best selling SF magazine in the English language. Likewise, SFX is in there but SciFiNow isn't. Having said that, including them probably wouldn't help the look of the situation. And adding a site like the excellent SF Mistressworks certainly wouldn't prove anything.

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I think I'm right in saying that IZ is doing better than any of the other UK publications on that list (Foundation, Vector, SFX), and also the figure of 28% isn't far off the UK figure of 33%.

My own figure for Black Static in 2011 was 26%, but that compares with a figure for books received of 20%. I thought I was doing a good job at keeping a balance, but then somebody pointed out to me that in practical terms this meant that I'd reviewed 80% of the books received with a female byline, but only 57% of those by men.

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Good grief - you're right, Pete! Still...

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