Atlanta Nights is the hottest book going at the moment.
What the hell is Atlanta Nights?
It’s a book (I use the term loosely) written by a cadre of SF writers in order to prove that Publish America does not, in fact, screen its slush for any semblance of quality.
How bad is it? Jim Macdonald writes:
Two chapter twelves. Yes, there are. There’s lots more fun with chapters. Two chapters with different numbers are identical. There’s a missing chapter. Two different chapters (with different numbers) were written (by different authors) from the same outline, so the same events happen twice. (Chapters 12 and 15, if you must know.) Characters change description. Characters change gender. Characters change race. The genre changes. As does tense. As does point of view. Grammar and spelling are … creative. Plot is … well, “minimal” is such a harsh word. And inaccurate, too. Plot is missing.
Between Atlanta Nights and the AP and Washington Post articles, PA is taking a (well-deserved) beating this week. As usual, Making Light has the best introduction and roundup.
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