This blog is called Everything Is Nice. You may be able to detect a certain level of irony to this. This blog is a platform for me to bang on about whatever takes my fancy. It is opinionated, judgemental and occasionally rash; it is, however, honest. Comments are unmoderated so if you disagree with something that I say, tell me why I’m wrong.
The way it has turned out, the thing I spend most of my time writing about is speculative fiction. I read a lot of SF and sometimes I even manage to write about what I’ve read. However, I find blogs an inherently informal medium so most of my proper reviews will continue to appear in other publications, primarily Strange Horizons. You will find plenty of meta-commentary here too.
In addition to writing reviews, I am the reviews editor for Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, and one of the judges for the 2010 and 2011 Arthur C Clarke Awards. I am also a contributor to the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, predominantly writing entries on post-1992 cinema.
When this blog isn’t about SF, it will probably be about what I had for dinner. Hopefully there will also be posts about the wider world of literature, film, theatre and performance, music, architecture, design, etc. You know, culture and that.
My name is Martin Petto, although I write non-fiction as Martin Lewis and you can contact me on the obvious Gmail address for that name. I grew up in the North but I’ve now spent half my life in London. I have worked in the public sector in various capacities for the last ten years. Only another forty to go.